The separate responsibilities of the federal government for civil protection and the federal states for disaster control make effective protection of the population more difficult,” the Federal Audit Office stated in 2013.
At the start of the corona vaccination it was also shown that the activities of the actors involved do not always mesh like cogs – for example when Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller (SPD) complains about the lack of reliability in the delivery of vaccines to the vaccination centers.
The countries know very well what it looks like with delivery dates and quantities.”
Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) entrusted the CDU member of the Bundestag and former federal police officer Schuster with the management of the BBK last autumn. Schuster’s predecessor, long-time President Christoph Unger, was not only blamed for the failed nationwide warning day in September.
The re had also been criticism of the lack of visibility of the office in public and of the too timid role that the BBK played in networking the state authorities responsible for disaster control in peacetime.
For example, in 2012 the BBK ran a risk analysis of a Sars virus pandemic. In the responsible state authorities, however, no appropriate conclusions were drawn – for example, large stocks of protective suits and masks were put on.
The new head of office wants the BBK to assume a “more self-confident coordination role” in the future. This requires “amicable cooperation with the federal states, the aid organizations, the THW and the Bundeswehr,” said Schuster. In his view, questions of responsibility would only arise if this cooperation worked well.
An example of how he understands the task of the Bonn authority is a forum organized by the BBK, in which the operators of vaccination centers from all over Germany are supposed to exchange ideas with experts. Because so far, each federal state has been planning and working essentially on its own.
The way in which citizens get their vaccination appointments also differs from country to country. “Operating a vaccination center with completely new vaccines presents us all with immense challenges,” says Schuster.
According to him, the question of how the drinking water supply, the power grid and hospitals remain functional under extreme conditions is high on the authority’s agenda. Among other things, it is about the promotion of drinking water emergency wells and emergency power generators in the drinking water supply.
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