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Letter to Merkel: Coal-out: Unions and employers want guarantees


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Berlin (dpa) - Employers and unions call for binding commitments in the coal exit law.

The current draft law, which is due to come into the Federal Cabinet next Wednesday, triggers “deep concern as to whether the supporting elements of the compromise are equally anchored”, according to “Welt am Sonntag” in a letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) ,

Above all, the signatories of the letter mention the planned annual relief for private and commercial consumers by at least two billion euros to compensate for rising electricity prices. «The draft law lags far behind. By means of an optional provision, it merely opens up the indefinite possibility of lowering transmission system charges through federal subsidies. ”This central point of the compromise must already be made binding in the law.

The ten signatories include Industry President Dieter Kempf, Steffen Kampeter, General Manager of the Federation of Employers' Associations, DGB boss Reiner Hoffmann and Michael Vassiliadis, Chairman of the Mining, Chemical and Energy Industrial Union.

Source: zeit

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