Coal commission wants to promote billions of dollars | ZEIT ONLINE

The coal commission of the federal government proposes to support the exit from the brown coal with a more than 1.5 billion euro. This could support infrastructure projects and thus initiate a long-term structural change in the coalfields, according to a draft of the interim report of the Commission.
            The funds should be available to the regions in the form of an emergency program as early as this parliamentary term. In addition, the promotion of the regions should be closely co-operated with the EU. Operational dismissals must be prevented. Specifically, it is about the Central German area, the Rheinische Revier, the Helmstedter area and the Lusatia. The regions demand significantly more money, Saxony-Anhalt's Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) had spoken out for at least 60 billion euros. For infrastructure projects, the Commission is also considering a "district bonus" under the slogan "Priority for Structural Development Areas". The construction of rail and road and data networks should be given a higher priority in these regions. Better connection times in local traffic and the expansion of connections in cities should improve the connection. The Confederation wants to increase the number of authorities in these regions.
            A report that in return short-term lignite capacity of five gigawatts for climate protection should be switched off, denied the federal government. The central task of the commission is to set an end date for the last coal-fired power plant in Germany. This should happen by the end of the year. In October, the Commission intends to commit itself in an interim report to aid for the affected regions.

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