Capital Corruption

Berlin Airport on Trial

ARCHIV - Der Schriftzug "Berlin Brandenburg Airport" leuchtet während eines Rundgangs zum Baustand am BER am 21.11.2013 auf dem Dach des neuen Flughafens Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt (BER) in Schönefeld (Brandenburg). Foto: Patrick Pleul/dpa (zu dpa "EU-Kommission genehmigt neue Milliardenhilfe für Hauptstadtflughafen" vom 03.08.2016) +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++
Berlin's airport has been beset by corruption allegations and delays.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The long-delayed Berlin-Brandenburg Airport has hemorrhaged billions of euros in cost overruns.

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    Facts

    • The former airport department manager has admitted to accepting a €150,000 bribe from the building services provider Imtech in 2012.
    • In exchange for the money, the former department head allegedly rubber stamped more than €60 million in invoice payments to Imtech, which was in difficult financial straits at the time.
    • The former manager of Imtech’s German operations and an employee are also on trial for corruption.
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It’s been hit by billions in cost overruns and years of delays that have dented Germany’s global reputation for efficiency. Now, the troubled and still unfinished Berlin-Brandenburg Airport in Germany’s capital city is also plagued by corruption.

A former department head at the airport has admitted during the first day of his trial to accepting a €150,000 ($169,000) bribe from a contractor.

“I improperly received €150,000,” the 48-year-old, whose name is not being released to protect his privacy, told a court in the eastern city of Cottbus on Tuesday. “It was wrong,” he said.

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