There is great dissatisfaction in business with the Corona rate. Minister Altmaier has now invited more than 40 associations to an “economic summit” on Tuesday. They expect more than just consolation.
“If this is just supposed to be a consolation summit, it doesn’t make sense,” said the managing director of the German Trade Association (HDE), Stefan Genth, of the German press agency. There should be real results at the end of the “economic summit” next Tuesday.
“Even after months of debate, the overall package of aid measures still does not fit. While aid is on its way at a snail’s pace, bankruptcies are racing through the pedestrian zones.” Genth said he expects real prospects and effective aid packages from Altmaier. “No more and no less.”
Altmaier invites more than 40 associations to an “economic summit” on Tuesday. Topics are the current state of the economy, the resolutions of the federal and state governments, economic aid and possible opening perspectives. The extension of the lockdown to March 7th was heavily criticized by affected industries. Associations also complain about the slow disbursement of state aid and too much bureaucracy.
The trade insists on an “incidence-based opening strategy”. For this, an opening plan must be created as soon as possible, which specifies the threshold values and in which it is determined from which values and under which conditions companies can resume their work, said the President of the Central Association of German Crafts (ZDH), Hans Peter Wollseifer, the editorial network Germany (RND / Sunday).
Flexible step opening plan
Family businesses hope for an open discussion about the aid payments and a regionally flexible step-by-step opening plan. “Who is allowed to reopen and when, or may have to close again if the infection figures require it,” said the President of the Association of Family Entrepreneurs, Reinhold von Eben-Worlée. A rule-based strategy would make arbitrary individual decisions superfluous. “It needs an automatism. This would at least give citizens and businesses a perspective.”
The real estate industry also calls for a clear exit scenario. In view of the monthly costs of 34 billion euros in retail alone, binding statements on when and how an opening is necessary, and the same applies to hotel properties, said Andreas Mattner, President of the Central Association of the Real Estate Industry ZIA, to the newspapers of the Funke media group.
HDE representative Genth said that with a view to extending the lockdown, companies with an annual turnover of more than 750 million euros should no longer be excluded from the bridging aid. That “is incomprehensible and causes serious damage in the retail trade. And for smaller companies an opportunity to pay out an entrepreneur’s wage urgently needs to be created. Otherwise, many owners here are threatened with going to the social welfare office.” It is good that there are now depreciation options, but so far only for winter goods in the fashion trade and not generally for seasonal goods: “In terms of design, however, it is far too complicated overall. And with the December aid, not only the catering trade should benefit, this unequal treatment must end be.”
From the point of view of FDP parliamentary group Vice Michael Theurer, Minister of Economics Altmaier and Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz (SPD) would have to contest the economic summit together. It would be even better if Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) also took part and thus set an example in favor of the economy. At the end of the “summit” “there must be concrete, reliable results that lead to quick improvements in the companies concerned”.
Source: com! professional by www.com-magazin.de.
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