2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-25 09:36
After the federal government's no, the siting states alone have to sound out state aid for the car manufacturer Opel. Chancellor Angela Merkel no longer insisted that the last word had not yet been spoken.
By Tim Braune
The four federal states with Opel plants want to single-handedly launch a rescue package for the car manufacturer. The US parent company General Motors (GM) could submit new applications for guarantees, announced the Prime Ministers of Hesse, Thuringia, North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate after talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). Despite her word of power, Economics Minister Rainer Brüderle (FDP) underlined again on Thursday that there was no basis for federal aid.
And also Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) had to admit on Thursday that there is no longer any possibility for direct federal aid. Like all other car manufacturers, Opel can only tap funds for research projects. "The federal government - I'm not talking about the federal states now - was unable to make any further commitments today," said Merkel. She had previously given the impression that there was still room for maneuver on the federal side. The last word had not yet been spoken, it was said the day before.
Arouses false expectations
The North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Jürgen Rüttgers (CDU) said in Berlin that the federal states agreed that they were open to new negotiations with Opel and GM. There are a number of possibilities and new instruments to help Opel. He didn't give any details.
The Mainz government leader Kurt Beck (SPD) criticized Merkel. In the conversation she did not show a new way to support Opel: "We are all bitterly disappointed." Brüderle had rejected state guarantees from the Germany Fund on Wednesday. Merkel then stated that that was not the last word - and raised expectations for alternative federal offers.
Examination of applications
According to Thuringia's CDU Prime Minister Christine Lieberknecht, the federal states will now work in “close collaboration” to do everything possible to maintain the four Opel plants in Rüsselsheim, Bochum, Kaiserslautern and Eisenach. "We cannot be divided."
The Opel home state of Hesse does not want to let the automaker down either. GM / Opel must now approach the federal states, said Prime Minister Roland Koch (CDU). The states would not outbid each other, but carefully examine possible applications for state aid: "We do not want to have a race between the federal states."
Pay attention to EU law
The federal states must ensure that aid does not violate EU law and that it is later collected as unauthorized subsidies by the Brussels competition authorities. (dpa)
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