June 24, 2019

Bavarian-NRW joint cabinet

Tuesday, 12 March 2019, Munich, the Residenz, Free State of Bavaria: Under the aegis of premiers Dr. Markus Söder -Bavaria, host- and his NRW counterpart Armin Laschet, the cabinets of the state governments of NRW and Bavaria convened to decide joint topics of intensified cooperation. 

Circa 40 per cent -30 million- of Germany’s population as well as 40 per cent of the total German economic prowess, is shared between the latter federal states. In the words of Bavarian Deputy Premier and Minister of Economy, Regional Development and Energy, Hubert Aiwanger: both states place an emphasis on similar life quality standards in all German regions. To the goal, they wish to further unfurl federalism. 

Concretely both state governments agreed upon: 

  • Joint collaboration in expanding the eGovernment and digital applications in Bavaria and NRW as well as joint initiative for the federation in the branches of AI, super computing, education, eHealth, cyber security, mobility, digital infrastructure and economy.
  • Expansion of already assigned state competences, and more leeway to form them and finance them vis-à-vis the federal government based on the principle of subsidiarity. 
  • The Bundesrat (Diet of federal states) must be met on an equal footing with the Bundestag (federal people’s parliament). 
  • Mobility and transport flow are to be improved, structured in an environmentally friendly fashion, innovated and connections expanded to facilitate citizens’ mobility within the federal republic. 
  • Energy supplies in Germany must remain competitive in pricing and sustainability. 
  • Promotion of free, transparent, diverse and digitalised press.

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