Can you tell us if German parliament can reject specific project? Or do they have to reject the whole budget request and have the defense force submit a new proposal?
I mean if they did their homework and have certain high priority program they want to protect, then wouldn't it be difficult to drop the P-8A without a line item veto?
The budget committee of the parliament has to individually accept or reject any contract worth more than EUR 25 million. The committee consists of representatives of the parties according to their number of seats in the parliament.
The parliament then gets to accept the entire budget for the next year, every year.
The current long-term financial plan of the German government does not contain funds for the P-3C replacement. It also does not contain financing for the Tornado replacement, further FCAS development, the CH-53G replacement, Tiger upgrades / replacement or a future ground-based air defence system.
This matches the budget request by the ministry of defence for an increase from this year's EUR 53B to EUR 61.5B in 2025. While the treasury is planning with a decrease in defence spending towards EUR 45B in 2025.
At some point in the future, the parliament and government will either have to accept EUR 20B additional funding for the defence budget or several projects will get cancelled.
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