Dresden/Potsdam: Eastern coal country to penetrate to a decision on coal's exit

The three Eastern coal States of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg want to have the coal exit quickly. Saxony's Minister for regional development, Thomas S

Dresden/Potsdam: Eastern coal country to penetrate to a decision on coal's exit

The three Eastern coal States of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg want to have the coal exit quickly. Saxony's Minister for regional development, Thomas Schmidt, calls for a swift decision from the Federal government so that the planned coal is being implemented to the exit. "The structural development of the Coal phase-out is due to the Corona pandemic is out of focus," said the CDU politician of the German press Agency. This is also an Instrument to tackle the current crisis. The legislative procedure for Coal phase-out and structural strengthening in the affected regions still need to be concluded before the summer break, said Schmidt. The last session of the Bundestag before the summer break is for the 3. July provided.

economy Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) had announced that two Central laws are to be adopted by the Bundestag - of the coal opt-out act, as well as the structural strengthening of the law. Whether it comes but actually is not fixed yet. The law for the phase-out of coal in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg and North Rhine-Westphalia provides a concrete roadmap for the premature switching Off of German coal-fired power plants. You should go up by 2038 at the latest from the network.

Also in the neighbouring Saxony-Anhalt penetrates the policy on a quick decision. "We need clarity, we need to tackle the structural change now, and the Tempo," said Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU).

the state of Brandenburg head of the government, Dietmar Woidke (SPD) campaigned in the East-Prime Minister conference approximately two weeks ago the Bundestag adopted before the summer break, the structural strengthening of the law in connection with the coal exit laws. "It is now urgently necessary. The people in the Coal phase-affected regions, in Brandenburg, Germany, Lusatia, need planning security.“

support to get the politicians out of the economy. "A delay over the summer break also would not be a good Signal in the regions, there continues to be no planning security and legal certainty would be," said the Central German brown coal company mbH (Mibrag) on request. Mibrag has build days in Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony. The company promotes annually about 20 million tons of raw brown coal. To the company of 2018 were some 2700 Employees.

A spokeswoman from Altmaier said on Friday, the schedule lies in the hands of the Parliament. The aim of the Federal government has always been an adoption in the first half of the year, and the same-in yet. A spokesperson from the Federal environment Minister, Svenja Schulze (SPD) said, many in the law for the change of structure-anchored projects, it was necessary to now quickly get started.

Saxony has adopted the view of Minister Schmidt with the establishment of the Saxon Agency for structural development (SAS) is an important decision. Thus, in Saxony have created a Basis for the structural strengthening of the law in the Lusatian and the Central German area of personnel and organization, well-positioned to implement. "Double-structures to be avoided in Saxony in order."

The newly-founded state-owned structural development of society is to get the main seat in the white water and foreign bodies, for example, in Dresden, Germany, Borna and Leipzig. "We are currently busy with the development of the society and to recruit staff from the regions," said SAS managing Director Jörg Mühlberg. In the start-up phase, first of all, ten people should accompany the structural change.

it is Planned, that in Saxony from the coal exit the affected regions of Lusatia and the Central German area - each year around € 176 million in Federal funds. Together with municipalities, counties, and stakeholders, the company is to help, to accompany projects from the idea to implementation, and to create a priority list. "Free state and Federal approve this list and can then go to the implementation," says muhlberg.

in Addition, to make the company transparent, how successful the projects were, how many jobs will be maintained or newly created. "Eventually, we will have to be accountable to what we have done with the money," said muhlberg. The much-discussed idea to make up about from the Lausitz region, a special economic zone, he is quite useful in order to facilitate companies in the settlements. Whether such a scheme come, but it is still unclear.

Also Mühlberg hopes that the laws for the Coal phase-out and for structural strengthening are adopted quickly. "People finally want to know how the structural change addressed and implemented."

dpa
Updated Date: 12 June 2020, 21:27

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