MAGDEBURG (dpa-AFX) – Saxony-Anhalt’s Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) wants to sign the state treaty to increase the radio fee. However, he will make a statement that there is currently no majority in the state parliament of Saxony-Anhalt for the increase, Minister of State and Culture Rainer Robra (CDU) announced on Friday in the state parliament. A government spokesman confirmed the dpa that Haseloff is expected to sign at the Prime Ministerial conference next Wednesday (June 17).
It was eagerly awaited how Haseloff would behave. In March, the country heads jointly decided that the broadcasting fee should increase for the first time since 2009, from EUR 17.50 by 86 cents to EUR 18.36. At that time, Saxony-Anhalt was the only federal state to abstain.
With the signature, the head of government does not per se agree to the planned increase in contributions, said the spokesman. He only wanted to clear the way for the further parliamentary process out of respect for the legislature. After the signing of all country heads, all 16 country parliaments have to agree without exception so that the increase can come in January 2021. “It is not the prime ministers, but the approximately 1,800 MPs who decide,” emphasized Robra in the state parliament.
The state parliament in Saxony-Anhalt is a wobbly candidate. There is no agreement in the black-red-green coalition: the SPD and the Greens would agree to the increase despite criticism. The CDU parliamentary group opposes it. The CDU’s savings efforts by ARD, ZDF and Deutschlandradio have so far not been sufficient, so the conservatives do not want to agree. The opposition from the Left and AfD is also against it. The final decision on the contract in the state parliaments is expected for autumn./afa/DP/jha