The exit plan of the coal Commission. Now the government is on the train. The reactions from the world of politics and economy show that the negotiations are likely to be difficult. The 28 members of the coal Commission recommend in their final paper billions in aid for Employees, regions, and consumers of electricity.

the criticism comes, therefore, from the economic wing of the Union faction in the Bundestag. “It is the suspicion, that here are people bought economically costly climate policy symbol policy is to be made,” said the economic policy spokesman Joachim Pfeiffer (CDU), the news Agency dpa.

The government-appointed coal Commission, a concept for a Coal phase-out by no later than 2038 submitted. For the coal regions in North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg, the reporting structure of the aid of EUR 40 billion, which suggests. To premiums avoid the price of Electricity, is to be tested, a grant of two billion euros per year starting in 2023.

More on the concept of the government Commission on the consequences of the Coal phase-out

The proposal leave many Central questions unanswered, said the CDU-politician Pfeiffer. “The exact extent of the necessary funding for structural aid, compensation and other measures is unclear, as is the impact of a premature shutdown of the power plants to the security of energy supply and on electricity prices.”

Germany will not be able to save climate with “new national go-it-alone” – but only with a common, coordinated measures at the European or global level, said the CDU politician. Already today, Germany have for households and industrial consumers, the highest electricity prices in Europe. “Nevertheless, citizens and businesses would be saddled with in implementing the Commission’s recommendations, once again, a significant additional expense.” This could threaten the competitiveness of many, especially energy-intensive companies, jobs and the security of electricity Supply.

industry warns against singling Out individual proposals

Also, industry representatives are given the financial pressures as a result of the planned Coal phase-out skeptical. Industry President Dieter Kempf said it was a difficult result for the location Germany “with big risks”. At the same time, he, however, urged the Federal government, the concept of the coal Commission without compromising. “The cherry-picking of individual measures brings the consensus in danger,” said Kempf of the Newspapers of the Funke media group.

After the presentation of the report of the Commission of the Federation and the Länder are now on the train. The Federal government has announced a “resilient energy concept”. The negotiations are likely to be difficult, however. On Thursday, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) will be meeting with the Minister-presidents of the affected countries.

brown coal-mining areas in Germany

The North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) has demanded a concrete plan for financing the structural change. “The Coal phase-affected regions need binding Commitments and planning security for the next 20 years,” he said of the “image”-newspaper. For this, Scholz needed to provide a clear financial framework on the Basis of the Commission proposal.

The carbon compromise is likely to employ, in the view of the EU budget Commissioner, Günther Oettinger, the competition authorities of the EU Commission. It is with issues of state aid, said the CDU politician on Monday evening in Berlin. If the German state run about in the Lausitz region, a structural support could require steel plants in France or Belgium from Brussels a test in Brussels, whether fair competition will hurt.


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