NOTfter WELT AM SONNTAG’s report on the missing main file on the creation of the controversial “Foundation for Climate and Environmental Protection MV”, the state government of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania claims to have located the documents. The interior and economy ministries announced on Monday that they wanted to publish the documents of the former energy ministry. They should provide information on the extent of Nord Stream 2 AG’s Russian influence on the state government.
The announcement contradicts previous statements by Schwerin. For two months now, the publishers have been trying to obtain the documents for the construction of the foundation through the Environmental Information Act. The Ministry of Economy, which is now responsible for it, said it could not explain where the files had gone. At the beginning of April, the request was rejected in writing. The digital file processing system contained only four documents relating to the constitution and operation of the foundation, including the statutes and the act of recognition of the foundation, according to the notice of rejection: “I (…) I have no other documents”.
The state government has left open what documents the files that have now been found are. Be that as it may, the about-face continues to put the Land government led by Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) in need of explanations.
Manuela Schwesig (SPD) asks for understanding: “Both ministries denied the allegations yesterday and commented on them and I ask you to understand that I am not now concerned with these details.” On the sidelines of the 11th Democracy Festival in Neubrandenburg, the NDR interviewed the people on the missing Climate Foundation dossier. The Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania was dry. She wouldn’t say more when asked.
Hannes Damm, Greens climate policy spokesman in the Schwerin state parliament, had previously criticized WELT Schwesig for his statements: “The fact that a Prime Minister does not feel responsible when allegations of concealment and loss of control are made in his state government does not correspond to his function.” Schwesig must ensure that the country is run with prudence and honesty, especially by controlling his own government.
Damm: “I don’t know where this file is supposed to be”
Research by WELT AM SONNTAG has shown this weekend that the main dossier on the creation of the controversial MV climate foundation cannot be found. As a result, after the change of government, the file was lost from the then Christian Ministry of Energy (SPD) to the now responsible Ministry of Economy. It is therefore no longer possible to understand how much Russia influenced the state government of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea gas pipeline.
The state government denied that the file had been lost to the dpa news agency. “The Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Economic Affairs agree that the documents for the establishment of the climate protection foundation have been handed over to the energy department.”
Green politician Damm contradicted this: “As of today, we don’t know where this file is supposed to be. The two ministries only said that “they had ‘handed over’ the files internally. It’s like “in elementary school, everyone always knows who did something wrong, but it was never nobody”.
Damm also criticized Schwesig’s passivity in the question: “In the past, she has put all her political weight on the scales to get the foundation through parliament and defend it against criticism. If things get uncomfortable, she once again denies responsibility. Either you champion a project bearing your name like Ms. Schwesig, or you lose your credibility.
Schwesig contradicts Altmaier
On Monday, Schwesig launched a Twitter feed declaring that Putin’s war of aggression against Ukraine is a war crime and a violation of international law. However, she deleted the tweets after less than a minute. A few hours later, she posted it again. “Anyone who denies Russia’s responsibility, like some protesters in Neubrandenburg on May Day, robs the important arms supply debate of any factual basis,” he added. she writes there.
Regarding the criticisms of then Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) in the run up to the creation of Nord Stream 2, Schwesig said on Monday: “We said from the start that the state – the state government and the state parliament – would decide independently.” The federal government was only informed that Schwesig was told on the sidelines of a commemoration event in Wöbbelin.
The federal and state governments have always supported the Nord Stream 2 project, the head of government stressed. “At the time, we supported this project as an affordable and secure gas supply project, especially for the transition to the energy transition and as a major infrastructure project in our country.”
The former Minister of Energy and current Minister of the Interior at Christian level informed WELT AM SONNTAG of the location of the files in question: “The files remained at the Ministry of Energy. However, this ministry was dissolved during a new departmental structure. He was unable to say where the sensitive papers ended up.
Opposition warns state government, calls for Schwesig’s resignation
The FDP opposition in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has warned the state government of the disappearance of relevant information about the foundation. “We don’t want any bad surprises,” parliamentary group leader René Domke said recently. He expressed concern that important documents might have been “erased or otherwise destroyed”.
Federal CDU Secretary General Mario Czaja has called for Prime Minister Schwesig to resign. WELT AM SONNTAG he said: ‘If the allegations were true, she would have caused serious damage to her office. Chancellor Olaf Scholz must finally clarify the Kremlin’s influence on SPD policy. “A prime minister who allows himself to be controlled by a foreign state is not acceptable,” Czaja said.
The energy policy spokesman for the Greens parliamentary group in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Hannes Damm, told WELT AM SONNTAG: “We are amazed that the main dossier on the founding of the foundation has been lost. This raises many new questions.
From May, a commission of inquiry in the parliament of the Land of Schwerin, initiated by the CDU, the Greens and the FDP, will deal with the events surrounding the climate foundation. The foundation had supported the construction of the German-Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2. The commissioning of the line was stopped by the federal government after Russia’s attack on Ukraine. The foundation is to be dissolved according to the will of the Schwerin state parliament, but it has not yet been clarified whether this is legally possible.
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