The exit of Germany from the coal by the end of 2038 the affected regions are facing enormous challenges. The Federal government has now decided to regulate to may, in a law, which measures the structural change can be supported. The countries also want a law to speed up the plans, said Chancellor Angela Merkel after a meeting with the 16 leaders of the countries. “Both of these we will take in the attack.”

The government-appointed coal Commission had submitted to, after long negotiations, a concept for a phase-out of coal-fired power generation up to and no later than 2038. This includes 40 billion euros in structural aid from the state budget for the structural change. Especially in the Lausitz, in Germany and in the Rhine area, thousands of Jobs are still hanging in the coal.

In the case of the planned measures act when it comes to investment in infrastructure, investment incentives for enterprises, and the relocation of the Federal authorities in the coal regions. Merkel referred to the coal’s exit as a huge task, and said it would examine the costs carefully.

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Merkel was there to receive the final report of the coal Commission. After the Handover in the Chancellor’s office and returned with the Chairman of the Commission, and to the four Minister presidents of the coal countries, to advise on the implementation of the structural change. In the discussions among the heads of government of Brandenburg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and North Rhine-Westphalia, and Dietmar Woidke (SPD), Michael Kretschmer, Reiner Haseloff, and Armin Laschet (all CDU) took part.

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Merkel has indicated that the Federal government should follow the recommendations of the coal Commission.”Thus, we will deal very carefully,” said the Chancellor. The fact that a from such different social groups of the Commission agreed, and a framework created, was “an important message”. It was clear that “the groups want to see again”.

Haseloff had not warned the government to follow the proposals of the coal Commission. “The proposal must be implemented as presented. A Undo to a point that it would jeopardize the hard-won compromise, a total of again,” said the CDU politician. “The 40 billion euros are needed by the Federal government intended by the earlier phase-out of lignite cushion,” he added. “Where the Federal government takes the money for the demanded by the policy, is secondary.”

Scholz described the acceptance of the coal Commission on the cost of the exit in an Interview with the “Handelsblatt” as “plausible”. He pointed out that in the house of the ministries already high investment resources are provided, which are, for example, in the budgets of the transport -, economic -, science – or the Ministry of construction. Now would have to be set in the budget priorities. “Also the Minister-presidents of the coal regions, it was important that the projects, especially from the existing Budgets of the Federal budget will be financed,” resisted Scholz to ask where the money should come from.

Chancellor Merkel referred to the Finance debate as premature. The current financial planning of the Federal government by the end of 2023. “We’re talking about 2038. No man knows what is sometime the financial planning,” she said to the debate on the financing of the phase-out of the Federal budget.

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