It is perhaps the most important appointment in order to bring the coal phaseout: 19 PM, several Federal Ministers, the heads of the coal Commission, and the heads of government of the most affected provinces with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) will hold a meeting to resolve a basic conflict that hampered the plans for the coal exit currently.

The Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) in North Rhine-Westphalia, Reiner Haseloff (CDU) in Saxony-Anhalt, Dietmar Woidke (SPD) in Brandenburg and Michael Kretschmer (CDU), Saxony, Germany-it is mainly a binding and concrete Commitments for the structural change in the brown coal regions in their respective States. And so, especially for the money.

In the 28-member Commission on “growth, structural change and employment” industry, trade unions, scientists and environmentalists together at the table. At the end of January, at the latest, at the beginning of February, the members want to submit a concept for the phase – out of electricity production from brown and hard coal in Germany.

It is a question of compliance with the German climate protection goals on the one hand, and new Jobs and prospects for those on the other side. In Lusatia, the Central German area and in the Rhenish area, tens of thousands of Jobs depend directly or indirectly on the coal.

What is negotiated at the Meeting in concrete terms? Of The Overview.

What is the coal countries?

The four Prime Minister, calling for the restructuring of the economy in their provinces 60 billion euros over the next decades. Woidke (SPD), warned of the cost of a quick exit. “The sooner, the higher the cost,” he said of the “Rheinische Post”.

so Far, 1.5 billion are planned up to 2021 in the Federal budget. The Minister of Finance Scholz, however, has already made it clear that it will not stick to it. How much money is specifically intended to flow, it will be heard in the evening.

The three East German Prime Minister also called for a law for the structural change. It is, for example, the establishment of authorities and research institutions or the Expansion of train services in their respective States.

Why engages Merkel?

The Commission can make the countries, no financial Commitments. She has the job, a concept for the coal phaseout, including an end date, to present and to make proposals for structural change.

The sovereignty over the Federal budget, however, lies in the Bundestag – and the Union leaders have already warned of large expenditure.

The Commission’s proposals should be included in the 2019 planned climate protection law of the Grand coalition, the German government, the Bundestag and the Bundesrat decide.

What the Commission has presented so far to the structural change, was unspecific to the East, the heads of government. You languages therefore, in the Chancellor’s office and the Commission had to go into overtime.

The Chancellor took the matter also for another reason: In Saxony and Brandenburg In the country to be elected in the autumn days. The Union of the fear of losing further votes to the AfD, if the voters in these countries, leaving the Coal to very disadvantaged feel.

What will the environmentalists say?

environmentalists have shown themselves to be least in principle, open to more structural aid in the provinces. WWF climate expert Michael Schaefer urged, however, to link such financial support to the accelerated phase-out of coal.

Green-Co-editor Anna Lena Baerbock said, the Prime Minister must be clear that the funds were tied to the Coal phase-out and at the same time you do not have other places to build around days like Prochim, parts of the town of Welzow, Linden field, and Pödelwitz, as well as the hambach forest would be dredged.

“It is not a Wish-You-What-a list of the Prime Minister, but to concrete measures for future-oriented innovations in the coal regions,” said Baerbock.

What result do you expect?

there is evidence to suggest that the Structural support for the lander to be increased. The carbon compromise is likely to be for the taxpayers to once again significantly more expensive. Because in addition to the concessions to the länder, among other things, compensation for the operator of the coal-fired power plants are planned to go earlier than planned by the network.


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