Because of the multi-million euro dispute over a battery research factory, several opposition parties have requested a special session of the bundestag research committee for the coming week.
The green, left and FDP factions want detailed answers from federal research minister anja karliczek (CDU) this wednesday on the question why the federal government has chosen munster as the location for the research factory, according to a statement by green member of parliament margit stumpp.
Stumpp said on saturday: "there are many questions and contradictions surrounding this important innovation and industrial policy decision for germany as a location for mobility."Despite several parliamentary inquiries, the ministry of research is not disclosing the evaluation of the eight bidders for the battery factory that were in the process of being evaluated. In itself, there is nothing wrong with the location being close to the minister’s constituency, stumpp told the deutsche presse-agentur, "but she has to make sure that the decision-making process is open to public scrutiny.".
The fact that munster and not ulm had been awarded the contract for the research factory has caused bitter criticism in the southwest since the decision was made at the end of june. In ulm, intensive work is already being done in this area. There had also been criticism of the choice of munster because karliczek comes from nearby ibbenburen. The minister had defended the decision. The decisive factors were the excellence of the research, the economic benefits and the entire battery production process, including recycling in munster.
On wednesday, the bundestag will meet anyway for a special session to swear in the new defense minister annegret kramp-karrenbauer (CDU). For this day, the special session of the research committee has now also been requested.