Germany will lobby for support among other European Union countries to change European Commission plans to end state aid for coal mines in 2014, four years earlier than previously scheduled in Germany, a government said Wednesday.
“The issue will have to be discussed on a European level. We will have to try to exert influence on a European level,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters. Belgium, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency, will discuss the coal subsidy issue. “A decision should then be made either at the Council of Competitiveness on Dec. 10 or if needed at the European Council on Dec. 16-17,” he said. […]
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel opposes a proposal by the European Commission to end government aid for coal mines that are in the process of shutting down.