Thuringia: Negotiation marathon on the 2023 state budget

Erfurt (dpa/th) - In the dispute over the state budget for 2023, the factions of the left, SPD, Greens and CDU are facing a negotiation marathon until next Tuesday.

Thuringia: Negotiation marathon on the 2023 state budget

Erfurt (dpa/th) - In the dispute over the state budget for 2023, the factions of the left, SPD, Greens and CDU are facing a negotiation marathon until next Tuesday. "We are doing everything we can to ensure that the state parliament can make a budgetary decision this year," said the chairman of the SPD parliamentary group, Matthias Hey, on Thursday in Erfurt when asked. "It would be a bad signal if we didn't succeed in view of the crises we are currently experiencing."

According to Hey, everything is now geared towards the four factions reaching an agreement on contentious issues before the planned special session of the state parliament budget committee. The committee has to make a recommendation to the state parliament as to whether it approves the budget - probably with a large number of changes in the hundreds of millions.

The budget politician of the opposition CDU parliamentary group, Volker Emde, said that the positions between the minority coalition and the CDU were "not that far apart anymore because Red-Red-Green made an offer". In the next few days, negotiations will primarily focus on a cross-off list that the CDU has presented in order to conserve the state's reserves and to push the budget volume below the 13 billion euro mark.

In addition, hundreds of amendments from the political groups would be discussed. For this purpose, several meetings of the budget holders and, if necessary, also of the group leaders are planned until Tuesday.

The red-red-green minority coalition of Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) is dependent on compromises with the opposition - usually with the CDU - on the budget as well as on other laws. The government alliance is missing four votes for its own majority in the state parliament.

The government's draft budget has been before the state parliament since September. It can only be financed if the country dissolves a large part of its reserves. It should be decided according to the previous plans at the end of next week.