„The cabinet’s decision on the NSW is scheduled for December 3 or 10. After the decision, a conference open to the press will be held in Berlin. Federal Minister Altmaier, Federal Minister Karliczek and Federal Minister Scheuer will attend the conference“. This plan was stated in a note from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy dated August 6, 2019, describing the consulting services to be provided by the German Energy Agency (Dena), an energy think-tank, to implement this schedule. For the sake of completeness: “NWS” means National Hydrogen Strategy .
December 3 and December 10 passed, and not even a draft of the strategy was released. Even the preliminary discussions among the „black“ ministries (in German party politics, „black“ is used to refer to the Christian Democratic Party, CDU, or the Christian Social Party, CSU) was much harder and controversial than expected. Finally, at the end of January, the first draft of a hydrogen strategy was published (ener|gate Gasmarkt 03/20). Afterwards, the formal process of interministerial consultation started. This process was much more time-consuming than expected. One cabinet appointment after the other was postponed. It was bizarre. The involved ministries had dissenting views mainly on four topics.