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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.

Federal Minister of Economics Dr Robert Habeck meets mayors from Lusatia.

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.