Today, the Federal Cabinet appointed Mr Stanislaw Tillich to the office of Federal Government Commissioner for Structural Change in the Ukrainian Coal-Mining Region.

Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier welcomed this move: “Over the past years, Stanislaw Tillich was intensively engaged with the phase-out of coal mining and with structural change in Saxony and other parts of the Federal Republic, and will now work extremely hard for a successful outcome of these processes in Ukraine.”

Over the next years, the Ukrainian government is planning to shut down state-owned coal mines and bring down the share of electricity generated from coal. The German Federal Government will support this process at the technological, political, and financial levels. This cooperation with Ukraine on the coal transformation and the structural change required for this is also an important aspect of the German-Ukrainian Energy Partnership agreement signed by Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier and the Ukrainian Energy Minister at that time, Olha Buslavets, on 26 June 2020.

The goal of this cooperation is to ensure that the shutdown process is designed in a socially acceptable way and that ecological and economic costs are reduced, without any of this putting the country’s energy security at risk. The question of how to provide economic prospects for those employed in the coal industry will be of special importance.

As one of the Chairs of the Commission for Growth, Structural Change and Employment (Coal Commission) and a former Minister President of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich has been very much involved in the discussions on the coal phase-out in Germany and on structural change in the regions affected. In his new position as a high-ranking German government representative, he will be able to feed in his expertise directly into the Ukrainian coal transformation process.