Building maintenance: special program approved to preserve the SPK's historic buildings

News from 11/30/2020

At its budget adjustment sitting on November 26, 2020, the budget committee of the Bundestag approved a special program for the upkeep of the historic buildings of the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz.

At its budget adjustment sitting on November 26, 2020, the budget committee of the Bundestag, the German parliament, gave the go-ahead for a special program of conservation and maintenance measures for the historic buildings of the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation). By 2025, a total of over 76 million euros will have been released to preserve the Foundation's significant architectural heritage. Under the plan, 11.3 million euros have been made available for 2021 alone. Six staff positions for SPK construction maintenance had already been earmarked before that, in the government draft of the 2021 budget. The basis for this was a detailed maintenance plan that the Foundation had drawn up for all of its institutions in the spring of this year, which was then submitted to the budget committee and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM).

SPK President Hermann Parzinger expressed his gratitude to the budget committee and the commissioner, Monika Grütters: "This special program, together with the requisite staff positions, is a major step forward; it puts us in a position to carry out the repair and maintenance of our important buildings, which will be done in cooperation with the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR). I am especially grateful to the budget committee of the Bundestag and to Minister of State for Culture Monika Grütters, without whose commitment this achievement would not have been possible. The improved level of staffing is also crucial in enabling us to implement this maintenance plan."

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