DGB boss insists on speed with new jobs for coal regions
DGB boss Reiner Hoffmann insists on speed with the creation of new jobs in the regions of Germany particularly affected by the coal phase-out.
“In the regions affected, such as Lusatia or the Rhenish district, the structural change must quickly lead to new, good jobs and new industries,” said Hoffmann of the German Press Agency in Berlin.
According to the coalition agreement, the federal government of the SPD, the Greens and the FDP wants to bring the coal phase-out, which was previously planned for 2038, forward to 2030. Coal districts such as the Lausitz in Brandenburg and Saxony or the Rhenish district are to receive help for structural change.
“Bringing the coal phase out is full of prerequisites, which the coalition agreement rightly confirms,” said Hoffmann. “We need a massive expansion of renewable energies, more progress in expanding the grid and new gas-fired power plants.” Both are envisaged in the coalition agreement with the aim of covering increasing electricity and energy needs at competitive prices.
The coalition plans to set the first steps as early as 2022. In the coalition agreement, for example, it is announced that there will be a review step envisaged in the Coal Phase-Out Act for 2026 by the end of 2022. It had previously been planned that the government would examine in 2026, 2029 and 2032 whether the times for the shutdown of power plants could be brought forward.
In the Rhenish district, shortly before Christmas, all cities around the power plants and opencast mines had warned in a position paper: “So that this development does not end in a structural break and the districts become detached regions, the economic structure of these areas should be funded by the federal government and the Landes are strengthened and prepared in such a way that what is lost is compensated and thus the prosperity and the associated trust in our economic and political system is preserved. “
Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) had positioned himself against an early coal exit. The creation of thousands of well-paid new jobs would not succeed within five to eight years, objected Kretschmer. Brandenburg’s Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke (SPD) had classified the chances as good for Lusatia. The first new industrial jobs have already been created.