The new state government coalition in Schleswig-Holstein, which includes the
Danish minority SSW party, is to axe some DKK440million in investments on
the German side of what is to be a link across the Fehmarn belt between
Denmark and Germany.
At the same time, the SDP, Green, SSW coalition says it plans to keep to the
Danish-German agreement on a Fehmarn link, the upcoming SSW Culture, Europe
and Justice Minister Anke Spoorendonk tells nordschleswiger.dk.
Spoorendonk says that the former centre-right government in Schleswig-Holstein
had planned on spending some DKK400million on infrastructure investment for
the link, but that the federal government should be paying the costs, as the
link is in the national interest.
“If the budget for the link is much higher than expected, we should
investigate the option of new negotiations between our two countries. But we
are sticking to our undertaking not to change the Danish-German treaty,”
Asked if removing the funding is not just a new and refined way of preventing
or delaying the project – particularly due to Green opposition, Spoorendonk
tells nordschleswiger.dk: “Well, it isn’t an SSW trick”.
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