The Federal government has said the coal-exit regions particularly affected the long-term financial assistance. This Saxony-Anhalt’s Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU), after a Meeting of the affected Federal States with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and several of her Cabinet members. According to Haseloff, the Federal have made Finance Minister, Olaf Scholz (SPD) corresponding Commitments.

The Prime Minister expressed optimism that an agreement is reached. “We all have an interest in ensuring that there is a compromise, because that would contribute to social peace,” he said in Berlin. In structural aid to the whole of the energy transition, including the development of the electricity prices for the economy. This is also why it had to be in the structure helps to “substantial funds”.

The crucial meeting, the government established a coal Commission, according to Haseloff on may 25. January. If it is not then come to a result, according to him, at 31. January come again to a Meeting of the countries concerned, heads of Merkel and the Federal Ministers.

More than 1.5 billion euros required

The Chancellor and the Minister presidents of the four Coal States of Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia had invited-Westphalia. They had clearly demanded more money for the structural change as the Federal budget for the planned 1.5 billion Euro until 2021.

Brandenburg’s Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke (SPD), said after the Meeting, the Federation and the Länder are agreed that the necessary coal exit only worked if the energy supply in Germany is ensured at acceptable prices. At the same time, the coal regions in need of support in order to be ready for the future.

The Commission growth, structural change and employment with representatives from politics, industry, trade unions and environmental organisations to submit a concept for the Coal phase-out. It is a question of compliance with the German climate protection goals, but also new jobs and perspectives for the Affected.

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.