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Structural change : coal country can expect more money from the Federal government

The planned exit strategy from Coal-affected regions in the long term, expect more money from the Federal government for structural change. Saxony-Anhalt's Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU), said after a top of the coal countries meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and several Federal Ministers on Tuesday evening in Berlin, and Structural support would be necessary over many years, it must be "substantial funds". "The Federal Finance Minister has said this in the context of measures, laws, which we have always requested, also clearly a long-term financial commitment for sure."

It would have to be set initially by the coal Commission "guidelines". The crucial meeting of the government-appointed panel on 25. January. If it is not then come to a result, to it at the 31. January come again to a Meeting of the heads of government of the coal countries, with Merkel and Federal Ministers, said Haseloff.

Merkel had invited the Minister-presidents of the four coal-States of Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia. Also, several Federal Ministers such as Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD), as well as Co-Chairman of the coal Commission, attended the dinner at the government headquarters. The Prime Minister had clearly demanded more money for the structural change as the Federal budget for the planned 1.5 billion Euro until 2021.

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The Commission on "growth, structural change and employment" with representatives from politics, industry, trade unions and environmental associations to a concept for the Coal phase-out. 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 Rhine area, tens of thousands of Jobs depend directly or indirectly on the coal. More than a third of Germany's electricity supply to lignite and coal power plants. (dpa)

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