Officials with the environment council in Essen said they have decided to cancel the plan -- which would have made city-run canteens vegetarian-only on Thursdays to promote healthy eating habits -- to prevent focus from being drawn away from the other recommendations in the Integrated Energy and Environment Concept report, The Local.de reported Wednesday.
The meat-free Thursday plan was based on a recommendation from the Green Party, which rules in North Rhine-Westphalia in coalition with the Social Democratic Party.
However, the plan had met with resistance from Christian Democrats and the Essen Citizens' Association.
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