Berlin (dpa) - The President of the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief in Bonn, Christoph Unger, is to be replaced.

The German press agency learned this on Wednesday from the Union faction.

After mishaps in connection with the nationwide warning day last Thursday, criticism of the authority was also loud.

The rbb reported on it first.

Interior State Secretary Stephan Mayer (CSU) said on Wednesday in the interior committee of the Bundestag when asked whether Unger was still head of the authority, he did not want to comment on personnel matters in this group.

The dpa learned this from participants in the non-public meeting.

The first nationwide warning day went pretty wrong last Thursday.

Among other things, the message from the warning apps NINA and KATWARN only arrived on the smartphones a good half hour late.

If it had actually been an emergency, many citizens would not have noticed.

The Federal Ministry of the Interior had therefore described the test alarm as “failed”.

The reason was a technical problem.

"The processes are now being processed comprehensively," the ministry had announced.

Unger blamed various control centers for the fact that the warning apps on the cell phones did not work.

"You didn't stick to the agreements," he said.

It had been agreed that the Federal Office would operate the apps from Bonn alone.

Instead, around 30 other warning messages went out almost simultaneously.

"The system couldn't cope with that," said Unger.

The deficits would have to be corrected by the next warning day in September 2021.

Unger has headed the Federal Office since it was founded in 2004.

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Vita Christoph Unger