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State Chancellery: Prime Ministers agree to increase broadcasting fee

The monthly broadcasting fee in Germany is expected to increase from EUR 17.50 to EUR 18.36. The Prime Ministers passed a corresponding decision on Thursday, like the State Chancellery of Rhineland-Palatinate on March 12, 2020 announced. In doing so, they followed a recommendation from the Commission to determine the financial requirements of broadcasters (KEF). According to an expert commission, the broadcasting fee is expected to increase by 86 cents per month by January 2021.

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"The contribution has not been increased for eleven years. And the heads of government of the federal states have demanded major austerity measures from the broadcasters. At the same time, public service broadcasters face major challenges with the digital transformation and further investments.", said the President of the State Broadcasting Commission, Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (SPD), after the conference in Berlin.

The governments and the state parliaments of the 16 federal states would have to agree to a change in the broadcasting fee. These would now be pre-taught. The heads of government of the federal states then want to sign the treaty of change until the prime ministerial conference in June 2020.

The contribution has been levied since 2013 by every contributory owner of an apartment, regardless of whether and how many radio devices are available. There is only one radio fee per apartment. The broadcasting fee is controversial among the population, almost eleven percent of those liable to pay do not pay and are required to issue a warning or foreclosure. In addition, several lawsuits have been brought against the broadcasting fee.

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