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Before the Meeting with Merkel : Eastern countries, coal's exit does not want to co-Finance

The heads of government of the Eastern German brown coal countries defend themselves against the planned billion projects for the Coal phase-co-Finance. It coul

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Before the Meeting with Merkel : Eastern countries, coal's exit does not want to co-Finance

The heads of government of the Eastern German brown coal countries defend themselves against the planned billion projects for the Coal phase-co-Finance. It could not be to the detriment of the affected länder, whose budgets are planned in the medium, said Saxony-Anhalt's Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU). It was a decision of the Federal government, the exit strategy from Coal.

His concern, he expressed, together with his colleagues, Michael Kretschmer (Saxony/CDU) and Dietmar Woidke (Brandenburg, Germany/SPD), in an open letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). "There should not arise the impression that the areas as a carrier, the main load will remain", - said in the Letter. Nevertheless, references to the Federal government in talks on options, which provide for a financial contribution from the countries.

Saxony's Prime Minister, Michael Kretschmer (CDU), called for a legal basis, so that the Coal phase-affected Eastern countries could use the from the Federal government pledged money quickly and accurately. "We want a special economic zone in Central Germany and the Lausitz region, which puts us in the position in 20 years, a strong innovative structure of economy."

The heads of government, the billions in the next 20 years, the impact of the Coal phase-out in the regions concerned will be taken to mitigate. A set-up Commission of the Federal government, had recommended in the beginning of the year to make a total of 40 billion euros. This year is supposed to flow a immediately program first. On Thursday in Berlin, a working meeting of the countries concerned and the Federal government on the subject.

According to the Thuringia Minister-President Bodo Ramelow of the East German Länder are, in principle, even almost 30 years after the fall of the Berlin wall still at a disadvantage. "There are still significant differences between East and West," said the Left-politician before the Meeting of the Eastern heads of government with Merkel in Thuringia, Neudietendorf. Also in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) pointed to continued, under equal weights between the East and the West, such as in the case of the economic power and wages.

themes of the summit meeting in Thuringia, among other things, the creation of equal living conditions in East and West, the alignment of the pensions of East German citizens, as well as the costs for the remediation of environmental Contamination. Ramelow is currently the chair of the Eastern Prime Ministers ' conference.

Woidke wants to penetrate faster Internet

the state of Brandenburg head of the government, Dietmar Woidke (SPD) at the Meeting, also to a significantly improved mobile coverage in Eastern Germany with the new Standard 5G. "Casually 5G of each of the milk jug needs to be said," said Woidke. "The planned supply of 98 percent of the households with fast Internet by the end of 2022 at the very least, to get an acceptable coverage." The be in the end, only about 75 percent of the area. "Rural areas in particular may not be suspended." Woidke was referring to a comment made by Federal Minister of education, Anja Karliczek (CDU), which had said that the mobile radio standard 5G was "not in any milk jug necessary".

Saxony-Anhalt's Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) warned of a massive collapse of the EU funds for the regions of Eastern Germany. The views of the in the year 2021 start end of the funding period is worrying, he told the German press Agency. "In the worst case, reductions of up to 60 percent are threatening." Against this Background, the conversation was needed. A reason for the feared collapse of the subsidies from Brussels, the planned withdrawal of Britain. Then there are current plans to distribute less budget.

The economic catching-up process in Eastern Germany has come according to the assessment of the Deputy FDP parliamentary group leaders in Bundestag, Frank Sitta largely to a Standstill. Be the Federal state of Saxony-Anhalt, back case for years, he said. Sitta, who is also FDP Chairman in Saxony, said that further economic growth cannot, apparently, is not simply "promote". According to his ideas there should be "freedom zones" with less red tape and lower tax burden, so that firms could try something.

Large theme: injustices in the pension

Ramelow pointed to inequities in the pensions. On the one hand, the previously granted GDR-supplementary and special pensions, caused the new Federal States today is high cost. To the other women in the GDR have a divorce related, often low pensions, because there is no supply of compensation. Both issues are discussed in Neudietendorf near Erfurt.

Ramelow had previously called for a greater involvement of the Federal government at the cost of the special and supplementary pensions. Brandenburg's Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke (SPD), demanded that the Federal government should assume the costs in the medium term. "We will have a load distribution in the case of the supplementary pension systems of the GDR of the 60 percent of East German countries and 40 percent Federal," said Woidke. "For us, that means Eastern countries a billion burden - also against the Background of the debt brakes," said Woidke.

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