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Source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and EnergyFrom August 1, 2019, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology establishes a staff department for SME strategy. The Office is directly assigned to Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier and is In addition, an Artificial Intelligence Unit (“KI Staff”) will be formed in the Digital Division on 1 August 2019, headed by Mr Marco-Alexander Breit.Thomas Jarzombek, the current Aerospace Officer of the Federal Government, will additionally assume the function of a “representative of the Federal Ministry of Economics for the digital economy and start-ups.” For the Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier: “With the three concrete measures we strengthen the Mittelstands- and digital policy of my house.With a new, strengthened SME Strategy ‘ we are the middle class policy. The concrete task of the new staff unit is to support and promote the ongoing work on a SME strategy. My goal is to make medium-sized companies fit for the future in times of digitization. To this end, I will introduce cornerstones of a middle-class strategy on the occasion of my mid-sized trip at the end of August. Small and medium-sized enterprises are enormously important for Germany as a location. 99.5 percent of all companies in Germany are SMEs. They generate around 35 percent of total sales, account for just under 60 percent of all jobs and over 80 percent of all trainee positions. With the ‘Artificial Intelligence Unit’, we are setting another clear focus on the future topic of AI. We are very well positioned in the field of AI research in Germany, but we need to apply it faster to research. To this end, the new staff unit is to promote concrete projects, such as the European Cloud Infrastructure. And finally, with Thomas Jarzombek as the new representative of the BMWi for the digital economy and start-ups, there will be a designated digital expert as contact person for the economy In detail: “As of 1 August 2019, an” SME Strategy Office “will be set up. This is led by Dr. Ing. Philipp Birkenmaier. The Office is to support the Minister and the Federal Ministry of Economics in strategic issues of SMEs in close cooperation with the Department of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and put a focus on the development and subsequent implementation of the planned Mittelstandsstrategie.Ebenfalls to 1 August 2019, an “Artificial Intelligence Unit” will be set up , This will be led by Mr Marco-Alexander Breit. The KI staff unit is to strengthen the political focus of Artificial Intelligence and carry out projects such as the European Cloud Infrastructure. Already on July 31, 2019 Thomas Jarzombek is appointed “Commissioner of the Federal Ministry of Economics for the Digital Economy and Start-ups”. Mr. Jarzombek will perform the task of the representative for the digital economy and start-ups on an honorary basis and receive no compensation for this. He will assume the new function in addition to his role as Federal Government Coordinator for German Aerospace.


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