BERLIN ( AFX) – Chancellor Angela Merkel ( CDU ) continues unchanged in 2007, set in Germany agreement of an exit from the coal subsidies in 2018 and works at the European level to amend the EU Commission plans for phasing out of operating aid for Coal mines in the autumn 2014th ( Reuters photo 🙂
This is true regardless of the Federal Minister Rainer Brüderle ( FDP) expressed sympathy for the European proposal , government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Wednesday in Berlin.
It is known that the FDP represent a different attitude from the Chancellor on this issue , "said Seibert. "But it is the coalition agreement, we have agreed to phase out the subsidized coal mining and coal are sticking to the political agreement of 7 February 2007, "said Seibert. At this level nothing has changed.
The Federal government will be working at European level to amend the EU Commission plans. " We must try to take on a European level influence , "said government spokesman. The Belgian presidency would make the decision on the expiration date on the political level. The decision should be either on the 10th December at the Competitiveness Council , or where appropriate at the European Council on 16-17 . be taken in December , said Seibert.
In Brussels the day before the EU Member States discussed at the working level on a possible way out of the coal dispute between Berlin and Brussels.
The EU Commission proposed in July officially to ban subsidies to unprofitable mines by October 2014 across Europe. In Germany, since 2007 a law providing for a withdrawal to 2018. The Government looks forward to reaching a compromise with Brussels.
– By Beate Preuschoff , Dow Jones Newswires , +49 ( 0) 30-2888 4122 ,
beate.preuschoff @ dowjones.com
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