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21.10.2021 – 19:59

BERLIN MORGENPOST

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In short: If you follow the three parties, the SPD, the Greens and the Left, who are now preparing to govern Berlin for the next five years, the administrative reform will be one of their major projects. In addition to residential construction, climate protection, the energy and transport turnaround. This includes digitization, for which every politician in this city, regardless of the level, would have to be ashamed of the fact that the Berlin authorities have been in poor condition for years and persistently. However, administrative reform also includes a clear division of responsibilities between the Senate and the districts. It is clear to everyone involved which tasks are involved, now Franziska Giffey & Co. only need the courage to implement it. And a lot of power.

The full leading article: It is always good for a clear saying: Klaus Wowereit, the former governing mayor, now took off on an RBB talk show and said: The administration of Berlin is “worse positioned today than any Kreissparkasse”. And, according to Wowereit: “There is such a thing as collective irresponsibility in Berlin.” The SPD man was assured of attention, as well as applause.

Because whoever moves around Berlin, who has an appointment at the Citizens’ Registration Office or wants to register his vehicle, who voted on September 26th or who went on holiday from BER during the autumn holidays – you will experience Berlin’s poor position at first hand the reactions of politicians at all levels, the speaking out, the finger-pointing to others who are responsible for the mistakes, just the collective irresponsibility.

If you follow Wowereit, who himself directed the fortunes of the city for almost 14 years, it is not the staff who are responsible for the bad administration, but the structure. The former governing mayor said the twelve districts had too much power, the Senate too little. And called for a “revolution”. Well, it’s so easy to say, especially when you no longer hold a political office – and have not changed much of this structure yourself for many years.

A small revolution that took place in 2000 when Wowereit’s predecessor, Eberhard Diepgen (CDU), implemented the district reform with his grand coalition of CDU and SPD. The then SPD parliamentary group leader Klaus Böger and the then deceased CDU interior senator Jörg Schönbohm were largely responsible for this. They too had to really urge Diepgen to reorganize the city from January 2001: to form twelve roughly equal units from 23 districts. Each headed by a district mayor and four city councilors. The political resistance was considerable, the big hit – for example, to stipulate the same distribution of tasks among the four city councils in all district offices – did not yet succeed. But at least: Since then, Berlin has consisted of twelve large cities, each with around 300,000 inhabitants, Pankow now even with around 410,000 inhabitants.

Because the challenges in the districts are so different, because the inner city has different needs than the outer districts, because the political conditions in the districts differ from those at the state level, different policies have been and are still being made to this day. Your own interests are often more important than the state’s interests – for example, when designating areas for residential construction. None of the senates had the power, even the influence, to change anything in recent years – neither red-red nor red-black, not even red-red-green. Because there, in the districts, in the district associations, is the base that does not want to be disempowered.

If you follow the three parties, the SPD, the Greens and the Left, who are now preparing to rule Berlin for the next five years, the administrative reform will be one of their major projects. In addition to residential construction, climate protection, the energy and transport turnaround. This includes digitization, for which every politician in this city, regardless of the level, would have to be ashamed of the fact that the Berlin authorities have been in poor condition for years and persistently.

However, administrative reform also includes a clear division of responsibilities between the Senate and the districts. It is clear to everyone involved which tasks are involved, now Franziska Giffey & Co. only need the courage to implement it. And a lot of power.

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