Finance – Schwerin – National Court of Auditors: Report stimulates debate on the MV protection fund – economy

Schwerin (dpa / mv) – After massive criticism from the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Crown Protection Funds Authority, the debate over the premature termination of the multi-billion dollar loan program has flared up again. Like the Court of Auditors, the Taxpayers’ Union has also complained that the money is being used to finance projects and activities not directly related to the pandemic. This is at the expense of future generations. “We agree with the opinion of the State Audit Office that the MV protection fund must be settled as soon as possible,” said Diana Behr, vice-president of state of the Taxpayers Union, in Schwerin on Friday.

In 2020, in the first peak of the pandemic, the country took on new debt of € 2.85 billion to deal with the effects of the corona crisis. According to the State Audit Office, credit entitlements are far too high and most of the projects financed with them are not related to the pandemic. In its Black Book on Tax Waste, the taxpayers’ association already mentioned two measures that were financed by the MV protection fund and are now also criticized by the Court of Auditors in its audit report.

The AfD parliamentary group, which has filed a constitutional complaint against the massive loans to the MV protection fund, reaffirms its position in the audit report of the Court of Auditors. “The renovation backlogs that have accumulated over the years in our schools and university hospitals and the inadequate expansion of broadband have nothing to do with the coronavirus,” AfD MP Martin Schmidt cited as examples of the misuse of funds from a financed loan. SN protection fund.

Regardless of recent criticism, the state government is sticking to a controversial new debt. “The corona pandemic is not over yet. The state established the SN protection fund in order to be able to provide assistance in crisis situations and deal with the effects of a pandemic at the required pace, ”emphasized Minister of Finance Heiko Geue (SPD). ). The pandemic was fraught with uncertainty from the outset, and to this day no one knows how the number of infections, which is now rising again, will develop and what protection measures will still be needed.

Geue received support from the SPD’s parliamentary group. “The state parliament has made it very clear that the need for a 2020 conservation fund is needed. And unfortunately it remains important due to the corona situation, ”said SPD financial expert Tilo Gundlack. He accused the Court of Auditors of pursuing pure doctrine and misjudging the reality of the ongoing corona pandemic. “In its special report, the State Audit Office once again repeats the criticism it has published many times since 2020. For me it is old wine in new bottles, ”said an SPD politician. With measures passed in the state parliament and the MV conservation fund, the economy would be stabilized and people’s health protected.

On the other hand, according to the objections of the FDP, the Court of Auditors’ report confirms the suspicion that many of the measures financed by the MV protection fund are not related to the koruna pandemic and therefore loan financing is unacceptable. “Neither catching up on digitization, which was overslept before the pandemic, nor new schools, nor expenditure on university medicine should be financed in this way,” stressed FDP parliamentary group leader René Domke. He described the MV Conservation Trust as “a shadow budget to meet the wishes and promises of the state government. Young people will have to bear the fiscal responsibility of the debts that arise tomorrow. The mountain of state debt fell from 9.4 to 12 because the first loan since 2006 increased by 0.2 billion euros.

In a special report, the State Audit Office concluded that MV’s multi-billion dollar protection fund in the event of the corona pandemic is largely illegal. Many of the measures financed by emergency loans are not related to the pandemic, and a dedicated fund will undermine the debt brake in place from 2020. “This is not a sound financial policy with such a large subsidiary budget,” said Martina Johannsen, president of the Court of Auditors, during the presentation of the nearly 150-page audit report.

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