Bundeswirtschafts- und Klimaschutzminister Robert Habeck und der hessische Ministerpräsident Boris Rhein

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Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck will be visiting Hesse today. The Land of Hesse is the eleventh stop on his tour of Germany.

Minister Habeck will be holding talks with Minister-President Boris Rhein, Minister for Economic Affairs Tarek Al-Wazir and Minister for the Environment Priska Hinz. The focus of the talks will be on the current crisis on the energy markets, matters relating to security of energy supply and the expansion of renewable energy. Afterwards, Federal Minister Habeck will be visiting the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) in Eschborn and the company ESM Energie- und Schwingungstechnik Mitsch GmbH. The BAFA is an agency of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action responsible for export control and important aspects of the energy transition, especially in the field of the energy efficiency of buildings. ESM Energie- und Schwingungstechnik Mitsch in Heppenheim is a company specialised in vibration engineering. The family-run business delivers its technologies and expertise to wind energy installations around the world.

Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck said: "The Federal Government and the Länder need to join forces and do everything they can to master the current crisis and the serious situation on the energy markets. A lot has already been done: our gas reservoirs are 99% full, and we are working hard to expand the infrastructure for LNG terminals. But we must not let up in our efforts. We urgently need relief on the energy-price front. The immediate assistance for December is a necessary first step in this direction. At the same time, the Federal Government is working hard to implement the brakes on gas and electricity prices. In addition to the acute help to cope with the crisis, we must, however, also have the strength to look ahead, beyond immediate needs. To this end, we need to massively invest in renewable energy and speed up the implementation, especially regarding planning and authorisation procedures."