Tech & Science Despite a stop by the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry: HGK continues to stick to purchase plans for shipping company
Court abolishes corona restrictions in the Gütersloh district
The strict requirements for curbing the corona virus in the Gütersloh district have been lifted. The Münster Higher Administrative Court overturned the restrictions imposed by the North Rhine-Westphalian state government on Monday. © Photo: David Inderlied / dpa The North Rhine-Westphalian Higher Administrative Court has lifted the corona restrictions in the Gütersloh district.
The port and freight transport company HGK continues to buy the inland shipping division of Imperial Logistics International. "We are still committed to the acquisition and support the authorities with the necessary information," said a HGK spokesman for the "Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger" on Tuesday. However, it is an ongoing administrative procedure, the contract is subject to the required regulatory approval.
And that is not yet available: It was announced on Monday that the approval of the Cologne district government required for the purchase was still pending. It had been stopped by the NRW Ministry for Homeland, Local Affairs, Construction and Equal Opportunities because there was still a need for clarification. There should be legal concerns. The Cologne city council and the Rhein-Erft district had already given their approval for the 176 million euro business.
Number of right-wing extremists in North Rhine-Westphalia has risen sharply
The number of right-wing extremists in North Rhine-Westphalia has risen to its highest level in ten years. According to the Office for the Protection of the Constitution in North Rhine-Westphalia, 4075 people were attributable to right-wing extremism last year. An increase of 25 percent compared to 2018, as NRW Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU) reported in Düsseldorf on Tuesday.
Fiscal year of parent company ends
The problem now is that the transaction should have been completed by June 30th. The financial year of the South African parent company ended on this date. The city of Cologne has now asked for an extension of the deadline in South Africa. The HGK Group is 54.5 percent owned by the Cologne public utilities, 39.2 percent by the city of Cologne and 6.3 percent by the Rhein-Erft district. The purchase was intended to make the port and freight transport company the largest European company for inland navigation.
There had also been discussions in the city council recently about the planned purchase of the inland navigation division. While the SPD, CDU and Greens spoke out for the business, FDP and Linke rejected it. It could not be the task of a Stadtwerke subsidiary to become the largest inland boat operator on the Rhine, the FDP said. The left sees itself confirmed by the reservations of the NRW ministry in its attitude. One is now contesting the approval decisions of the council and district committee, it said on Tuesday in a joint press statement by the left in the district council of Rhein-Erft and the Cologne council.
Woman discovered dead in house - 75-year-old apparently wanted to concretize the body .
© Ina FASSBENDER A 75-year-old man in Hagen in North Rhine-Westphalia is said to have attempted to concrete the body of a neighbor in the basement of the apartment building. When the body was found in the basement, policemen discovered tools and cement sacks. A 75-year-old man is said to have tried in Hagen in North Rhine-Westphalia to concrete the body of a neighbor in the basement of an apartment building.