Translated with deepl.com
On September 4th, an important meeting took place at the Federal Ministry of Economics in Berlin, where ten representatives of the LAUSITZRUNDE municipal alliance were received by Federal Minister Dr. Robert Habeck.
During the meeting, various topics were discussed, including financial support for educational infrastructure in the region and “municipal heat planning”. Michael Kellner, Parliamentary State Secretary, offered his help in obtaining funding and promoting renewable energy and accepted an invitation to visit Lusatia later this year.
The urgency of the water issue, especially the future water balance of the river Spree, was emphasised, although this does not fall within the remit of the Federal Minister of Economics.
Robert Habeck stressed that there was no pressure to exit lignite in Lusatia prematurely and stated that Lusatia had the chance to become a European model project for structural change.
The Mayor of the city Hoyerswerda, Torsten Ruban-Zeh, expressed his delight at the support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology for municipal heat planning and its willingness to cooperate further.
Background: The LAUSITZRUNDE is a non-party alliance in Brandenburg and Saxony’s Lusatia, consisting of 56 elected citizen representatives, which is committed to structural change in the region.
The city of Hoyerswerda has been named “Municipality of the Year 2022” in the Entrepreneur Award of the East German Savings Bank Association.
About 40 people from the Chair of Automotive Engineering at TU Dresden visited Hoyerswerda as part of an excursion. The first stop was the MITMACH laboratory, which is still in the process of being built. Here Sebastian Schindler from the structural change project team presented, among other things, the image campaign “#WHY! – Change in Hoyerswerda” image campaign and the plans for the MITMACHLabor.
In its 5th meeting, the Regional Monitoring Committee (RMC) had to decide on a total of five municipal projects. With the project “Recreation and sustainable tourism at Lake Scheibe”, a major project of the city of Hoyerswerda has been positively decided and is now an important step closer to implementation.