Saxony-Anhalt's Minister of Forestry, Sven Schulze, is calling for a base in Germany if the EU-wide fleet of firefighting aircraft is to be expanded. Should Europe decide to expand the season, it would be appropriate to think about creating such a base in Germany, the CDU politician told the German Press Agency on Monday. According to the former MEP, appropriate discussions should at least be held at EU level. Lower Saxony's Interior Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD) had already called for the squadron to be expanded last week.
Schulze had recently expressed doubts about the model of the Harz National Park and wants to work on solutions together with his colleagues in Lower Saxony and the National Park Administration. The CDU politician wants to free the national park of dead wood in individual places and have wider aisles to make extinguishing work easier. Lower Saxony's Environment Minister Olaf Lies (SPD) rejects an extensive clearing.