Hamburg (dpa / lno) - Hamburg has asked the federal government to extend the “Pact for the Rule of Law”, which expires at the end of the year, to finance new judges and public prosecutors in Germany.

"In this special situation with the pandemic, we depend on the federal government to continue to make its contribution in the future," said Justice Senator Anna Gallina (Greens) on Wednesday at the presentation of a position paper.

The design of a follow-up agreement was deliberately kept flexible.

“But in the end it must be clear that at least the volume (...) must be maintained.

We need that, "said Gallina.

All jobs would have to be retained, there should be no reduction due to a lack of financial possibilities.

At the beginning of 2019, after long discussions between the federal government and the federal states, it was agreed that the federal states would create 2,000 new jobs nationwide in the overburdened judiciary.

In return, they will receive two tranches of 220 million euros from the federal government until the end of 2021.

According to financial senator Andreas Dressel (SPD), this means around 2.5 million euros a year for Hamburg.

According to Gallina, Hamburg has created around 250 additional jobs since 2015 and a good 50 jobs as part of the “Pact for the Rule of Law”.


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