NRW economy minister says state needs tens of billions of euros for coal exit
Ending coal mining and coal-fired power production in Germany would mean that the country’s most populopus federal state, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), alone would need tens of billions of euros to cope with structural economic changes, the state’s economy minister Andreas Pinkwart told the newspaper Rheinische Post. “The 1.5 billion euros offered by the government so far are at best enough to finance an ad-hoc programme,” Pinkwart said.
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Find background in the news digest item Germany's lignite mining regions have received nearly 14 billion euros in support since 2013.