2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-27 05:39
Why does Minister of Health Schmidt need a company car and driver on vacation? Not only the opposition asks. Schmidt has to sort things out after the theft of her company car in Spain.
After the theft of her company car at her Spanish holiday destination Alicante, Federal Health Minister Ulla Schmidt (SPD) comes under increasing pressure. Representatives of associations and the opposition demand that the minister provide a complete explanation of the matter. The FDP politician Otto Fricke asked to appear before the Bundestag budget committee. “I would like to know for which appointments Ms. Schmidt needed a company car and driver in Alicante and why it was not possible for the embassy to provide transport,” said the committee chairman of “Bild am Sonntag”.
The taxpayers' association has also criticized the SPD politician's company car trips in Spain. "We want clarification as to why your company car has to be brought almost 5000 kilometers through Europe," said managing director Reiner Holznagel of the newspaper.
Strangers had stolen the car a few days ago. According to the ministry, the thieves had previously stolen the car keys from Schmidt's driver's accommodation. When asked by the dpa, a spokeswoman for Schmidts emphasized that journeys in Spain comply with the company car law and that it is nothing unusual. Schmidt, who had flown to Spain at her own expense, only completed business appointments with the car while on vacation. For private trips, however, they use a private rental car.
In order to continue to be mobile, another rental car has now been rented, the spokeswoman reported. The minister will be driven to an event at the German embassy this Monday.
The President of the Free Doctors' Association, Martin Grauduszus, spoke of a "company car affair" and called Schmidt's argument "initially implausible". If the minister could not prove "that she had to keep important appointments for the Federal Republic of Germany at the holiday destination in Spain, an immediate resignation is inevitable". (dpa)
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