The German ministries for economic affairs and energy (BMWi) and environment (BMU) are clashing over who should lead a highly strategic future commission that is tasked with preparing the country’s coal exit. On 27 March, Economics and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier from the Conservatives (CDU) referred in a speech held in Dusseldorf to Germany’s climate protection plan and said the leadership over the “coal commission” which this plan considers should be attributed to his ministry. “That makes sense,” said the CDU politician. Environmental organisations and the ministry of environment should also be able to contribute, he added. “But we’ll talk about that within the federal government.” The new minister of the environment, the social-democrat (SPD) Svenja Schulze, who comes from North Rhine-Westphalia, a land known as the coal and steel region in Germany, reacted swiftly. “The statement by Economy Minister Altmaier that the sole responsibility for the structural change commission should be in the ministry of economic affairs is irritating,” said the SPD politician, adding that a decision has not yet been taken in the government. Strategic positioning The commission, officially named “Growth, Structural Change and Employment”, is due to start work before the summer break and should submit results… Read full this story
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