The former SPD leader Sigmar Gabriel have been paid for, according to a new report from the meat producer toennies as a consultant. The former Federal Minister of Economics, had been since March 2020 until at least the end of may 2020 for the group, reported the ARD-magazine “Panorama” on Thursday. Accordingly, Gabriel has received, apparently, a flat fee of 10,000 euros in the month, as well as an additional four-digit fee for each day of travel. The activity should be designed according to the “Panorama” of two years.

On “Panorama”-the request was informed by Gabriel, according to the report, that his private activities are not subject to the publication requirement. He had true information to the media always interests of third parties. Nevertheless, he confirmed that he 1. March 2020 was for Tönnies active. He had advised the company in the context of the threat of export problems in connection with the African swine fever.

Gabriel stated that he had completed his work in the meantime: “This activity I had to due to a difficult disease and as a result a necessary for me become a complicated Operation to 31. May 2020 end“. For it had not been clear at the time whether and when he could resume his professional activities.

Tönnies is under massive pressure

Neither he nor his business partner saw the earlier Advisory work for the company Tönnies as problematic, said the former Minister. He had answered the “Panorama”-request “on the basis of the special public interest in the present case”. According to “Panorama”to research companies had been chief Clemens Tönnies personally to the person Gabriel. As is clear from documents available to the magazine, should the former Minister “his wide contacts for the Tönnies group and active projects to accompany”. It went especially to the Chinese market.

Tönnies is under massive pressure, after Westphalia, the main site of the meat group in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, in North Rhine-a massive Corona outbreak given. The operation was temporarily closed and a new Lockdown for the districts of Gütersloh and Warendorf are arranged.

the beginning of 2015, Sigmar Gabriel, had – at that time still Federal Minister of the economy – the System of exploitation in the German meat industry as a “disgrace for Germany”. After the criticism, the six major meat companies in Germany have committed themselves, under the leadership of Gabriel, to improve the working conditions of its employees in Germany. Gabriel in November 2019 is no longer a member of the Bundestag. He was from 2013 to 2017, the Federal Minister for economic Affairs and energy and by March 2018, the Federal Minister of foreign Affairs.