For many companies in lockdown, the air is getting thinner, report business associations. Help should come quickly. But there is too much bureaucracy. The trade president speaks of “desperate calls for help”.
The criticism from the economy of the sluggish implementation and too much bureaucracy with the state Corona aid does not stop.
Crafts President Hans Peter Wollseifer told the German Press Agency: “The aids that have been widely heralded as bazooka aid must finally reach the companies and must not be slowed down by bureaucracy.” Criticism also came from the Federal Association of SMEs, who spoke of “empty promises”.
Wollseifer said: “If it were only a matter of pushing frustration over the chaos of regulations, that would be annoying, but not yet threatening. But it is no longer just frustrating, it is very much a threat to the very existence of many of our companies.” Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) spoke of a “bazooka” at the beginning of the pandemic in March when presenting an unlimited credit program. The term “bazooka” stands for an almost unlimited financial “firepower”.
The background to the criticism from the economy is on the one hand the delay in the payment of the regular November aid, which is subsidies for companies. The payout via the countries only started on Tuesday. On the other hand, there is criticism of the conditions for the bridging aid. In contrast to the November and December aid, revenue losses are not reimbursed, but operational fixed costs.
The help is urgently needed, said Wollseifer, President of the Central Association of German Crafts: “And now, because otherwise many companies will not survive the lockdown. Politicians must very quickly adapt the expectations they have raised to the actual situation, otherwise there is a lot of threat Credibility and willingness to support the Corona measures are lost in our operations. “
Abundance and differences in entry requirements
Wollseifer continued: “We are receiving a lot of desperate calls for help from business owners who no longer know how to keep their costs and operations running and who, given the abundance and differences in access requirements and application paths, simply lose track of things. This must be done urgently Become less bureaucratic, more uniform and more reliable. “
The Federal Managing Director of the Federal Association of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Markus Jerger, told the dpa: “The federal government has promised help to entrepreneurs suffering from state regulations, and that quickly, in solidarity and unbureaucratically. For many entrepreneurs, this has turned out to be an empty promise and magnified The uncertainty in the middle class continues. If the Corona aid has not yet reached the breadth of the middle class, it won’t help either. “
Instead of covering the companies struggling for their existence with new bureaucracy, it is now urgently necessary to significantly simplify the corona aid programs, said Jerger: “For example, advance payments of taxes and social security contributions should be deferred without interest until the corona pandemic is over The entrepreneurs should also be given interest-free KfW loans immediately in order to secure their liquidity. In addition, it should be possible to offset current losses against taxed profits of the last three, better five years. “
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