So far, the lignite mining areas should benefit from rapid aid in the course of the coal exit. Minister of Economic Affairs Altmaier now suggested that hard coal regions should benefit quickly from the support.
According to the will of Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier, the coal-mining regions in Germany should benefit from structural aid sooner than previously planned. In addition to the lignite mining regions, the structurally weak coal-mining regions should also be involved in the emergency aid program of around 260 million euros, Altmaier demands in a letter to Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, which is available to Saarländischer Rundfunk.
Extend the programs to hard coal regions
So far, this emergency aid program should apply only to Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia. How the funds are to be shared between regions is not clear from the letter.
Germany wants to gradually get out of coal-fired power generation by 2038. In addition to the emergency aid, another 40 billion euros will go to the affected regions to support structural change in the wake of the Structural Strengthening Act. Originally, this program should apply only to the brown coal areas, the areas with hard coal power plants should only get funding in a second round. Now both concerns are to be anchored in the law.
Hans sees the Saarland’s efforts confirmed
Saarland’s Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU) told the Saarländischer Rundfunk that Altmaier’s proposal confirms the efforts of the state government and the Saarland municipalities: „Help for the Saarland should not be put off the leash,“ said Hans.