The call for state aid to maintain the PCK oil refinery in Schwedt is getting louder. The left-wing faction in the Brandenburg state parliament wants to draw attention to their demand for a guarantee for employment, wages and salaries for around 1,200 employees with an action on Monday (11:00 a.m.).
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She sees the region around Schwedt, but also Eisenhüttenstadt as the location of Arcelor Mittal’s steelworks, in danger in view of the EU’s planned oil embargo against Russia and is demanding financial aid from the federal and state governments. Federal Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) and the state government are committed to maintaining the refinery. The AfD faction had called for the continued operation with Russian oil.
The prime ministers of the eastern German federal states discussed the energy supply situation with Habeck on Saturday. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s head of government, Manuela Schwesig (SPD), then announced that the federal and state governments were examining concrete alternatives to oil and gas, for example oil deliveries to Schwedt via Rostock and liquid gas via Lubmin for the supply of eastern Germany with the aim of supplying renewables from their own resources energies.