Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - While the committee of inquiry into the Expo pavilion in Dubai is looking for those responsible for the errors in the allocation, the country is creating further facts for the exhibition in the Arab emirate.

All over Europe, the Ministry of Economic Affairs is now looking for a so-called project implementer for the controversial construction and operation of the pavilion at the state exhibition in 2021. "The Baden-Württemberg House at Expo Dubai will be noticed by a world audience," said Minister of Economic Affairs Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut on Thursday.

"The project offers the future implementer an excellent reference for his portfolio."

The CDU politician will have to answer questions in the committee again on Friday (December 18), as will the education minister and CDU top candidate for the state elections, Susanne Eisenmann.

The background to the affair is the question of whether the country has also become a contractual partner of the expo organizers in Dubai or not through a contract with the Expo company.

The project company actually wanted to finance the pavilion entirely with the help of companies.

She had declared it as a project “from business for business”.

But because sponsors withdrew their commitments, the country stepped in.

Eisenmann is said to have campaigned for the project several times and, as the coordinator of the CDU government work, was also involved in decisions about the assumption of liabilities by the state.


The estimated total costs for the construction and operation of the pavilion as well as for participation in the Expo are currently expected to be 15 million euros.

Originally, the state had assumed a contribution of 2.8 million euros.

The world exhibition is to take place from October 1, 2021 to the end of March 2022.

Baden-Württemberg is the only federal state with its own pavilion in Dubai.