Criticism of Brussels trip – taxpayers: "instinctless"

Schwerin /Brussels (dpa/mv) – A two-day trip by the entire Schwerin state cabinet to Brussels early next week has provoked criticism. “Against the background of the current situation, the taxpayers’ association believes that a cabinet meeting in Brussels – including an entourage – at taxpayers’ expense sends the completely wrong signal to the citizens, who are very concerned about their future in view of skyrocketing prices for the cost of living and energy.” , explained the deputy state chair Diana Behr. “It’s just instinctive.”

Criticism also came from the opposition factions CDU and FDP in the state parliament. FDP parliamentary group leader René Domke spoke of a “travelling circus at taxpayer expense”. From the State Chancellery alone, 20 employees would be on their way. A government spokesman contradicted this description: The travel group included a total of 26 people from the State Chancellery and the ministries, he said. Of these, 9 can be assigned to the State Chancellery. The parliamentary director of the CDU parliamentary group, Sebastian Ehlers, said the trip looked like a “cheeky class trip”.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s state minister and head of government Manuela Schwesig (SPD) want to hold an external cabinet meeting on the state government’s energy and European policy in Brussels on Tuesday, a government spokesman said at the request of the German Press Agency. Talks are also planned at European level, including with the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, with the EU Commissioner for Social Affairs and Labor, Nicolas Schmit, and with the President of the European Committee of the Regions, Vasco Cordeiro.

On Monday evening, a reception entitled “MV meets Europe” will be held at the state representation of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania at the European Union. At the end of the visit, Schwesig and Interior Minister Christian level (SPD) want to visit the NATO headquarters.

The decisions of the EU are of great importance for the development of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. According to the state government, the state is expected to receive 1.9 billion euros from European funds in the current funding period up to 2027. The money is available, among other things, to promote regional development and social projects.

The largest recipient of EU funds is agriculture, which receives around 2 billion euros in area-related subsidies in addition to the agricultural fund amounting to 653 million euros.

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