Erfurt / Magdeburg (dpa) - Thuringia's Minister of Culture Benjamin-Immanuel Hoff (left) expects a compromise in the dispute over the originally planned joint castle foundation of Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt.

“I assume that a decision will be made this week,” said Hoff when asked in Erfurt.

The budget committee of the Bundestag meets this Thursday.

After the failure of a joint foundation, it should decide whether both countries will still receive 100 million euros from the federal government for their historic walls as planned in the coming years.

You then have to double the amount from the state treasury to 200 million euros.

Hoff speaks of a special investment program for the cultural monuments, which are mostly in need of renovation, over a period of eight years.

"This is a huge opportunity."

The joint foundation with Saxony-Anhalt, which was actually made a condition by the federal government, failed due to resistance from the Thuringian parliament.

Hoff had received headwinds for his draft state treaty with Saxony-Anhalt from almost all parliamentary groups, including his red-red-green coalition.


In recent weeks, the negotiations in Berlin, in which Thuringian members of the Bundestag intervened, had, among other things, been about a possible federal participation in the already existing lock foundations of the two states.

It was also discussed whether the actually planned operating subsidies can flow at all.

After all, the federal government had announced an amount of around 15 million euros per year.

From negotiating circles it is said that it is questionable whether it will be a matter of classic operating resources.

The last discussion was about payments and their duration for certain tasks such as digitization, research or tourism promotion.

According to his own statements, Hoff has nothing against federal participation in the Thuringian Castles Foundation, which is about to be reformed and will in future also receive responsibility for the museums in the castles.

"We have not had bad experiences with the federal government, for example in the Klassik Stiftung Weimar," said the minister.