Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Climate Foundation MV wants to draw the line on Nord Stream

Shortly after Russia attacked Ukraine, the MV Climate Foundation said it stopped doing business in favor of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Climate Foundation MV wants to draw the line on Nord Stream

Shortly after Russia attacked Ukraine, the MV Climate Foundation said it stopped doing business in favor of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. But there are still unpaid bills.

Schwerin/Berlin (dpa/mv) - According to a report by "Welt am Sonntag", the climate foundation Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, which is controversial because of its previous connections to Russia, wants to repay debts to the Gazprom subsidiary Nord Stream 2 AG as quickly as possible. It is about twelve million euros, reports the newspaper, citing Erwin Sellering, board member of the foundation.

The liabilities are primarily proceeds generated by the foundation from the sale of machinery, equipment and materials, the purchase of which was previously financed by Nord Stream 2. In addition, advance payments for work that was stopped after the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24 should flow back. According to the newspaper, the repayment could be made considerably more difficult by the sanctions imposed on Russia, since banking transactions are also affected.

Foundation head Sellering confirmed the ongoing talks. It is about clarifying the outstanding financial issues before the start of possible insolvency proceedings against the insolvent Nord Stream 2 AG. "We want to draw a line under the Nord Stream 2 chapter," Sellering told the German Press Agency.

The Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Climate Foundation was founded in early 2021 following a state parliament resolution to promote the idea of ​​climate protection and at the same time to support the completion of the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea pipeline for Russian natural gas. The reason was US sanction threats against companies involved in the construction, the foundation was supposed to act as a kind of protective shield.

According to its own information, the foundation concluded contracts with around 80 companies for a total of 165 million euros via a separate economic part, which was financed by Nord Stream 2. Nord Stream provided the foundation with 20 million euros for climate protection projects, of which around one million euros are said to have been used so far.

The pipeline was completed but not allowed to operate because of Russia's war of aggression in Ukraine. The aim of the state government is to dissolve the controversial foundation. A committee of inquiry in the state parliament is now dealing with the background to the founding of the foundation, the state government's contacts with those responsible for Nord Stream 2 and the role of Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD). Sellering, head of government in Schwerin before Schwesig, is critical of the dissolution of the foundation that his successor is vehemently striving for.

The "Welt am Sonntag" quotes from a multi-page brief from the foundation's leadership to the Schwerin district court. In it, the head of government is accused of viewing the climate foundation as a "poisonous thorn in the side of the country". The result is that everyone who is in contact with the foundation has the "stain of damaging the common good".

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