At a meeting on the 13th September 2019, the Gesamtverband Steinkohle e. V. (GVSt), Essen/Germany, took the decision to scale down its executive board. The long-serving board members Jürgen Eikhoff, Rainer Platzek and Michael G. Ziesler have stepped down from their mandate. The principal managing director of the association Michael Weberink has been newly appointed to the board as an executive member.