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Source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Federal Minister of Economics Altmaier held a video conference today to discuss the current situation in companies with representatives of 35 business associations. In addition to the presidents of the leading associations, the presidents of the associations of medium-sized companies, family businesses, the liberal professions and the self-employed also took part in the video conference. In addition, those industries were represented that are particularly affected by the Corona crisis, such as the hospitality industry, tourism and the event industry. In a similar composition, Minister Altmaier had already discussed with the industries on April 17th and June 12th. The focus of the discussions was the current developments of the corona pandemic and the state support measures. The business associations made it clear that, in view of the increasing number of infections, further support measures were required. The press conference following the video conference was attended by the following from among the participants: Gudio Zöllick, President of the German Hotel and Restaurant Association, Andreas Lutz, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Founders and Self-Employed Germany (VGSD) e.V. and Jörn Juber; Action alliance #AlarmstufeRot and chairman of the board of the FAMAB Kommunikationverband e.V. Federal Minister of Economics Altmaier: “The dialogue with the business associations confirms that we have to support the economy beyond December 31st. We will also make adjustments to the existing bridging aids in order to help those industries whose business has almost completely stalled since the beginning of the pandemic. We are already talking about this within the Federal Government. It is still the case that we do not leave companies and businesses that have got into trouble through Corona through no fault of their own in this crisis! “Guido Zöllick, President of the German Hotel and Restaurant Association:” The need in the industry is growing. We therefore welcome the extension and improvement of the bridging aid. The expansion of the loss carry-back would be just as important. The clarification of the legislature in the lease law that the Covid-19 pandemic represents a disruption of the business basis and creates a right to contract adjustment in order to achieve a fair distribution of risk between the contracting parties is overdue. Otherwise, bankruptcies and vacancies are inevitable in the city centers. “Andreas Lutz, Chairman of the Association of Founders and Self-Employed Germany (VGSD) e.V .:” Many self-employed people work from home or with customers. If, for example, their income is lost due to ban on events, it is often not the office rents that cause them sleepless nights, but how they pay the living costs, health insurance and rent for themselves and their families. We are glad that Minister Altmaier will now examine the recognition of these costs. It is correct that this is regulated at the federal level, as with the now tax-financed short-time work allowance. Fast and unbureaucratic implementation is important this year. ”Jörn Huber, campaign alliance #AlarmstufeRot and chairman of the FAMAB Kommunikationverband eV:“ For eight months now, the entire event industry has been practically not only in a permanent lockdown, but companies and self-employed people have been missing all of them Perspective for a return to normal. Around 1 million people in employment and several thousand self-employed and small businesses have been practically unemployed since March. Numerous other economic sectors that are economically dependent on the functioning of the event industry, not least the performing artists of our country, have also lost their economic basis. Rapid help for the event industry is needed. Otherwise the industry is threatened with total economic collapse. “


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