In cities and municipalities have summed up overdue investments in the past year to the record value of 159 billion euros. Bridges and roads are crumbling down, large-scale projects such as airports were delayed, said the President of the Deutschen städte – und gemeindebundes (DStGB), Uwe Brandl. “We live, so to speak, of the substance,” he added. Not always a lack of financial means in the municipalities are the reason why investments failed to materialise. High authorization hurdles and the many rules that prevented the rapid realization of the plans of some of the municipal administration.

“This is actually Depressing that key areas are affected,” said Brandl. In the formation would have to be invested in a volume of 50 billion Euro, in road construction, it had 40 billion euros. A major reason for this situation he saw in an “excessive bureaucracy, which makes it increasingly difficult, in fact, also investment measures to roll out”.

One example of this is the building codes. Within five years, the number of rules in this area have quadrupled from 5,000 to 20,000. Brandl admitted, in the face of full employment, it was difficult for the mayor to find companies with free capacity. The building of new housing is needed to alleviate the housing shortage in urban areas. In 2017, only an area of 284,000 new dwellings had been built, the need of 350,000 to 400,000 buildings per year.

More efforts in the day-care centre Expansion

Of cities and municipalities also calls for more efforts from the Federal government and the länder for the daycare Expansion. The theme was “by no means,” said Brandl. There is still “considerable Care”. In the case of the three-year-old children only half could find a place in a Kita.

During the three years it look better. In this age group, around 70 per cent could be in a facility care in urban areas, however, often less, Brandl. The cities and municipalities had been appalled that, in many countries, a fee waiver will be propagated. Important to support municipalities in the construction of day-care centres and to make the teacher profession more attractive.

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