The coal Commission came together in the Ministry of economy in Berlin, to her decisive meeting. It is not yet clear whether the 28-member panel can agree on a final report. Participants expect long negotiations.
Controversial exactly when and in which steps of the climate-damaging coal-fired power generation to get off. A third of the electricity is generated in coal-fired power plants. A postponement until the coming Friday could be because of the far-reaching decision.
the view of Federal Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) must be avoided costs during the phase-out of coal, a strong increase of the energy. The security of supply and the affordability of electricity would have to back “to the top”. This is crucial for the competitiveness of Germany. The Minister promised that the government will ensure, in the areas affected by structural change for the preservation and creation of manufacturing jobs.
The energy revolution will succeed, if there is a large consensus of all stakeholders, said Altmaier. It is important that the independent Commission will come to good results. The Federal government will deal swiftly with this said Altmaier: “it is Important that we communicate in the next few weeks, with a large consensus in society on what has priority, what are the steps to follow.”
a Political solution is possible
In the case of an adjournment of the Commission, the Minister presidents of the Coal States of Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony and North-Rhine-want to Westphalia on Thursday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the competent Federal Ministers. Then it could not come to a political solution to what is, in the sense of the Commission.
In the Commission representatives of industry, unions, environmental associations and science. The panel was set up last summer by the government. It must point the way for an exit from coal, as well as for a structural change in the affected regions, such as Lusatia.
Prior to the meeting of the panel, there were rallies. Members of the IG BCE trade Union protested exit against a to fast Coal. Members of the environmental organization Greenpeace reminded, however, of the responsibility for climate protection. In addition, thousands of strikers have gathered at the end of students to a large Demonstration for better climate protection. According to the initiators of the action network Fridays for Future Ministry together came up to the Start of the Protestzugs before the Federal economy at the lunch, already up to 4,500 young people from all over Germany.
Also in other major cities of the boycott, students exported their schools and universities, in order to show displeasure and concern over a lack of climate protection measures. In Munich, there were about 3,000, as the organizers said, citing police.
A delegation of the striking students met in the Ministry of economic Affairs Federal Economics Minister Altmaier.