19 Mar 2023 10:33 am
For deployments during the corona crisis, Bundeswehr soldiers have at times received a surcharge of 91 euros per day – according to the Federal Court of Auditors, apparently wrongly. The focus is on the Territorial Tasks Command, whose head Carsten Breuer is now to become Inspector General of the Bundeswehr.
Some Bundeswehr soldiers may have wrongly received financial allowances for their deployment in the corona crisis. In a report by the Federal Court of Auditors on Thursday the news agency AFP was available, it is said that the Bundeswehr would have temporarily provided the surcharge of 91 euros per day, which was only intended for exceptional cases, for all soldiers working in Corona administrative assistance. This is contrary to the legal basis. previously had The mirror and Business Insider reported on the test report.
Specifically, it is about a regulation in the federal salary law. It states that soldiers will receive the 91-euro surcharge if they are under particular time pressure in the context of administrative assistance and no time off in lieu is possible. According to the February 2022 test report, the Ministry of Defense changed the specific application several times. Initially, all services under administrative assistance fell under the regulation. Later this could only be ordered in certain cases and later not at all.
Explosive: The focus of the report is on the Bundeswehr’s Territorial Tasks Command, which was responsible for operations in the context of administrative assistance. Carsten Breuer was in command during the period in question. The lieutenant general is now to become inspector general of the Bundeswehr as part of the “turning point”. The report says:
“By verbal order from the commander, on February 28, 2020, the command placed all servicewomen and men working in the operations center under exceptional circumstances.”
This was valid until July 2021. “Even off-duty weeks and off-duty weekends within the off-duty weeks” were not counted as time off in lieu within the meaning of the federal salary law, the examiners criticized. Soldiers also made “incorrect individual accounts”. The Territorial Tasks Command alone is said to be worth a total of more than 1.2 million euros for the period from March 2020 to July 2021. According to the report, however, the Federal Ministry of Defense has already reacted:
“The BMVg has confirmed the findings of the Federal Audit Office. It largely follows its recommendations and shares its view that illegal practices are unacceptable and should be corrected.”
The ministry also wants to “call on the responsible authorities to check the accounts and to initiate recovery procedures in the event of illegal, culpable accounts”.
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