Schleswig-Holstein: Approval Authority to join Ministry of Transport
“With this reorganization, we will not only strengthen the approval authority in its independence but also assume the direct responsibility for providing the necessary resources to the authority. By doing so, we will help the process to go faster, said Buchholz, Minister of Transport.
According to Secretary of State Rohlfs, who is also the head of the nearly 1,400 LBV-SH employees, the organizational relocations must be completed by the end of 2017. In addition, the authority must be provided with more staff.
External Coordinator for the Fehmarnbelt Tunnel
In order to support the ongoing authority approval process and clarification of the legal issues regarding the Fehmarnbelt Tunnel, an external coordinator must also be introduced for the first time. According to Rohlfs, the Tender and Planning Lawyer, Prof. dr. Mathias Nebendahl of the University of Kiel, stated that he would take over the assignment.
The reorganization is based on a recommendation from experts from KPMG in Hamburg. According to them, a significant advantage is a clearer future clearer separation between LBV-SH as project developer and as approval authority. This, according to the Secretary of State, has often been a focal point in ongoing planning processes.