Schwerin (dpa / mv) - Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania's Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) sees every reason to approach the new year with confidence after the difficult Corona year 2020.

"I very much hope that we can get out of the pandemic step by step in 2021," Schwesig said on Wednesday.

The aim is also to mitigate the economic consequences of the corona pandemic and to build on the successes of the past few years in the northeast.

"The federal and state governments have launched extensive aid packages for this purpose."

The year 2021 brings some improvements for the citizens, as Schwesig emphasized.

The basic pension will apply in Germany from January 1st.

This ensures that pensioners with low incomes receive more than the basic security in old age during their working lives.

"Especially in East Germany, where wages were often low in the years after German reunification, many people will benefit from the basic pension," said the head of government.

From January 4, the trainee ticket can also be bought in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

“With the trainee ticket, trainees can use local transport in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania all year round for one euro per day.

This not only applies to the way to work or to vocational school, but also privately. "

This also supports a group that does not have a lot of money in its pocket.


For families, child benefit increases by 15 euros per child at the turn of the year.

The child allowance for families with low incomes will be increased by 20 euros on January 1, 2021 to up to 205 euros per month and child.

The advance maintenance for children of single parents is also increasing.