The last pile goes to 2038 from the network – and country -, industry-and buddy get billions in aid: The Plan for Germany’s phase-out of coal. After months of deliberations, the trade unionists, environmentalists, business representatives and scientists needed in the coal Commission, to nearly 21 hours for a compromise that 27 of the 28 members. Only, the CDU-politician, Hannelore Wodtke, which was used particularly for the preservation of the villages on the edge of the opencast mines, agreed, according to the news Agency DPA.

The environmental groups would have preferred an earlier end date for the climate – damaging production of Electricity from lignite and coal, in addition, more specific intermediate goals. 2032 is to be checked whether the exit date can be brought forward in view of the situation and in agreement with the operators at the earliest 2035 – you rap now.

hambach forest be saved?

“in the year 2038 from coal, Greenpeace unacceptable,” said managing Director Martin Kaiser, this would have made the Association in a special vote is clear. After all: “After years in the climate of political coma Germany is moving, at least.”

The environmentalists celebrate as success that the preservation of the hambach forest in North Rhine-Westphalia was secured in the final report, however, that the Commission consider this to be “desirable”. The forest has become a Symbol of Anti-coal protests, because he should give way to the brown coal excavators of the energy group RWE.

The coal countries of North Rhine-Westphalia, Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony, the Financial is likely to be particularly important: The country should get from the Federal government for over 20 years, a total of 40 million Euro aid for the structural change, the transport of the coal regions via an additional program is to be improved.

Eight pockets, Pizza, and ice hockey world Cup

It had been tough negotiations, it was said in the groups of Participants – the Commission had several times stood in front of the Failure, or at least before the adjournment the following week. Always the negotiator from industry, trade unions, politics, environmental associations and science in smaller groups consulted. In the evening at half past eight, a delivery service brought eight bags of Pizza at the entrance of the Berlin-based Federal Ministry for economic Affairs. During meeting head Ronald Pofalla sought to mediate between interest groups, looked at the other members of the Commission to the semi-finals of the Handball world championship between Germany and Norway.

shortly before five o’clock in the morning, then the negotiator from the Federal Ministry of the economy – came exhausted, and quite satisfied. Because the agreement is a classic compromise, and a rather more expensive. Private households and the economy should be relieved from 2023 out of a possible rise in electricity prices, which could cost two billion euros per year. Further subsidies to the energy-intensive industries, as well as assistance for coal-buddy, leaving earlier from the Job and those who are in need of a new Job.

And, of course, the money for the countries that had forced an Intervention on the Chancellor, the Commission is already in the extension. Now you can get – if the policy of the Commission – the legal basis for the Federal assistance via the state contract. Already at the end of April key points will be available for a “measures act”, which establishes how the Federal government wants to promote structural change. 5000 new jobs by the Federal government until 2028, the Commission considers “appropriate”.

especially the Finance Minister, Olaf Scholz (SPD) is now in demand. On Thursday evening the Prime Minister will want to consult with him and Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU).

To the coal thousands of jobs

still hanging Around one third of the electricity today comes from coal-fired power plants. By 2022, Germany is increasing the use of nuclear energy. Also, coal-fired power plants are already being already taken from the net, but the goals for climate protection make a faster exit is necessary. Actually, years ago, would only have been in the late 40s-circuit. As a fast entry into the exit to now to 2022, a total of seven gigawatts of coal capacity from the network, of which three gigawatts of brown coal, the CO2 balance is particularly harmful to the climate.


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The energy industry praised the compromise, the Commission offers planning security for the companies. The property rights of the company were maintained, the industry Association BDEW. The aims of the scheme, power plant operators compensation might get for the purpose of decommissioning – the costs could run into the billions.

the workers were in the circumstances satisfied. “None of the employees falls on the knee,” said the head of the mining Union IG BCE, Michael Vassiliadis. Especially in the Lausitz, in Germany and in the Rhine area, thousands of Jobs hang in the brown coal. There should be an “Adaptation allowance” for Employees of 58 years of age, the need to bridge the time until retirement, as well as a balance of pension loss. Estimated cost: up to five billion euros, which could share the Federal government and the company.

mad / DPA

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.