The industry association Branchenverband Steinkohle und Nachbergbau e. V. (bsn), Essen/Germany, and the Association of Mining, Geology and Environment (VBGU), Berlin/Germany, have come to agreement on the occasion of the DMT MiningForum in May 2022 in Berlin to cooperate more closely with each other in future. Details will be set in the coming weeks, and a resolution concerning the decision will be adopted by the governing bodies of the partners. The focus of the planned cooperation will initially be in the areas of mine water management, legacy mine management and area recultivation.
The objective of the cooperation is the reinforcement of the representation of the interests of the mining companies and companies that are no longer engaged in raw material extraction. Both partners want to provide services for their member companies related to issues of active mining and of post-mining.
The bsn has been active since 1st March 2021 as the industry association Steinkohle und Nachbergbau – formerly Gesamtverband Steinkohle (GVSt). It is an industry and employers’ association and assumes responsibilities in social self-administration, is the collective agreement partner for the German coal mining industry in the post-mining era and supports its members in questions of company pension schemes.
The VBGU is an employers’ association and comprehensively represents the general business and socio-political and collective agreement interests of its members.
It supports them in research and development and in vocational and advanced training and secures their access to economic and political decision-makers at the national and state levels. (bsn/VBGU/Si.)