Since taking office, Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Greens) has filled nine head of department posts in his authority of his own choice – although these positions actually have to be advertised. This emerges from a response from the Federal Ministry of Economics to a written request from the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, which the “Bild” reports on.

“Performing the function requires a special relationship of trust with the minister,” says the response to the statement. The political scientist Jürgen Falter from the University of Mainz assesses this critically. He told “Bild”: “This is very unusual and a break with German civil service tradition.” Heads of department are classic career civil servants.

According to Falter, they should not have any political intentions behind their work. As part of the usual rotation, further head of department positions were filled in the ministry “without prior advertising through implementation with the same status”. A spokeswoman told the “Bild”: “As part of the usual rotation, implementations were carried out in 13 cases, from one head of department to another head of department in another area.” selection was made and who it is.

Two months ago it became known that the number of posts in the Ministry of Defense had increased by leaps and bounds. Actually, the Ministry of Defense should be streamlined. Under the resigned Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD), however, the complete opposite happened. 137 new posts were created within a year. Four heads of department (salary from 6338 euros/month) and 53 consultant posts (salary from 4592 euros/month) were also created.

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