On its website, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has published current concession / project agreements on public-private partnerships (PPP). In consultation with the German Construction Industry Federation (HDB), the private contracting partners concerned have agreed to make a substantial part of the documents accessible to the public. With this, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is implementing an element of the Coalition Agreement.
Enak Ferlemann, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, said:
In line with the Coalition Agreement, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is fulfilling, within the envisaged time frame, its voluntary commitment to publish concession and project agreements on public-private partnerships.
A substantial part of the documents has been made accessible. Where individual passages have been blacked out, this has been done because they affect the legitimate interests of the private partners.
In addition, BMVI provides a model value for money assessment, which explains the methodology on the basis of a fictitious example. Project outlines and FAQs provide further information.
Public-private partnerships are a well-established instrument in federal trunk road construction. They are not a privatisation of the motorways but only serve to delegate certain public tasks to a private partner.
PPP projects are awarded on the basis of sound and detailed value for money assessments. In these assessments, the Federal Government considers not only the construction costs. The benchmark is the life cycle assessment over a long project lifetime: A PPP project will only be delivered if it represents value for money that is at least as good as conventional procurement. The life cycle approach for construction, operation and maintenance will allow for efficiency gains in the PPP procurement option and reduce interface problems.