Legal opinion in progress: the union wants to withdraw the salary of Gazprom from Schröder

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Union wants to withdraw Schröder’s salary from Gazprom

Former Chancellor Schröder did not criticize his continued solidarity with the Kremlin for weeks. The SPD politician also does not want to give up his lucrative post at Gazprom. The Union faction is now offering to withhold his $1 million salary from the state.

In the debate over the cuts to former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s office, the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag proposed that he be deprived of his earnings from working for Russian energy companies. CDU MP Thomas Heilmann said in Berlin that the SPD politician should no longer be allowed to earn millions for his activities on behalf of Gazprom and Rosneft. “That’s relatively easy to do by issuing a corresponding ban on activities. Any amounts he would still receive would have to be paid into the public treasury in full,” Heilmann explained. He asked the Bundestag’s science service for an analysis of how this could be done legally.

Schröder has been heavily criticized for not giving up his positions at Russian energy companies despite the Russian attack on Ukraine. Schröder joined the pipeline company Nord Stream shortly after leaving government in 2005. He is still chairman of the shareholders’ committee there. He is also chairman of the supervisory board of Russian energy giant Rosneft and is still listed in the responsible commercial register as chairman of the board of Nord Stream 2 AG. He was appointed to the supervisory board of Russian gas giant Gazprom.

Lindner wants to do away with former chancellor’s office

Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner of the FDP therefore pleaded for him to abolish his state-funded office. CSU boss Markus Söder demanded that Schröder return his privileges as former chancellor.

At the beginning of May, Chancellor Olaf Scholz asked his predecessor for the second time to resign from his post in Russian public companies. It was “completely unacceptable, at least impossible since the beginning of the war” for the former chancellor to continue to carry out these tasks,” Scholz said in an interview with ZDF. However, a chancellor “cannot issue any orders to his predecessor.” he added.

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