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Deforestation stopped for the time being: Machines are temporarily resting on future Tesla factory premises


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Grünheide (dpa) - After the preliminary clearing stop on the site of the planned Tesla plant in Grünheide near Berlin, it is now eagerly awaited as to how the dispute will continue in court.

The clearing, which had been running since Thursday evening, was stopped by the Higher Administrative Court (OVG) Berlin-Brandenburg at the weekend. The reason was the Green League complaint.

The Secretary General of the CDU Economic Council, Wolfgang Steiger, now warned of further delays. "Industrial companies and investors around the world are watching us in particular with this settlement," he told the "Handelsblatt" (Monday). After the image damage for Germany due to the years of delays at Berlin's major airport, the capital region had to deliver a clean procedure with a successful outcome.

The FDP traffic politician Oliver Luksic also warned in the "Handelsblatt": "Our country is blocked at every nook and corner, we need more speed in planning and building." In order to speed up planning procedures, the right to file a class action must also be put to the test. "Complaints should only be possible if the interests of a corresponding association are also directly affected," he emphasized.

The Green League had failed with the Association for Landscape Conservation and Species Protection at the Administrative Court in Frankfurt (Oder) to prevent the tree felling work with urgent applications. The OVG, in turn, justified the stop it had ordered in the second instance with the fact that the advanced clearing work made it necessary to temporarily prohibit tree felling. In addition, it should not be assumed that "the Green League's request for legal protection is obviously hopeless from the outset". At first, objections to the court are possible until tomorrow Tuesday.

The chairman of the Green League Brandenburg, Heinz-Herwig Mascher, assured: "But we don't want to prevent Tesla." However, the company should not be treated differently from others. The state government in Potsdam was calm in the face of the grubbing-up ban ordered by the court: "We are waiting for the decision of the OVG," said Brandenburg government spokesman Florian Engels on Sunday.

From July 2021, Tesla plans to start production and roll 500,000 vehicles off the assembly line every year. Objections to the settlement procedure are still possible until March 5. These will then be discussed in public on March 18. Approval is only given after a subsequent check. The purchase contract has already been signed, but no money has yet flowed. So far, a total of 41 million euros has been earmarked for the 300 hectare site. However, an independent appraisal should be made to determine whether the price was calculated correctly, which is to be expected at the beginning of the week.

Source: zeit

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