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Source: CDU CSU

Dear Madam President, to err is human. You just got it right.

Dear colleagues! Ladies and gentlemen! “Quick help for corporations – and what will happen to medium-sized companies?” Such sentences have reached me in the last few months. Ultimately, one has to say: this is what some in our country are asking. – We must not stand or allow the impression that the middle class is not being adequately supported. We have to ask why this impression exists. Please allow me to make a few points.

9 billion euros for Lufthansa – this aid package was put together in a few weeks so that the company could bridge the corona crisis. Large corporations like Adidas were also very quickly given commitments for billions in loans. Short-time work in the cabinet was also decided very quickly and quickly.

But there is a bit of a problem with aid for medium-sized companies – a little more even. Many freelancers and self-employed people fall through the grid of funding conditions. Example bridging aids. Here there are subsidies for operational fixed costs; Colleague Müller said it earlier. A disc jockey who works at events has it, but doesn’t.

(Dr. Franziska Brantner [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: Which party does the Minister of Economic Affairs belong to? Is that your Minister of Economic Affairs? Could it be that it is your Minister of Economic Affairs that you are criticizing?)

Example loans. Here we have improved with the quick loans and enabled a 100 percent guarantee by the federal government. Previously, many house banks rejected applications from medium-sized companies. We have improved that.

Example training bonus. If one company gets into a crisis, another company can take on the trainees and receives a bonus. This often only works if an insolvency is actually officially registered and executed. We need to make improvements here.

(Dr. Franziska Brantner [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: Tell your minister!)

Even when a company is in financial need, this regulation must take effect. That is in the interest of young people.

(Marianne Schieder [SPD]: Great! Talk to Mr. Altmaier tomorrow, please!)

Ladies and gentlemen, the corona pandemic has presented us with completely new challenges. And when you see Germany in an international comparison, you can see that we have mastered the crisis quite well. Immediate measures are not always perfect immediately. They have to be continuously optimized. That is why we have constantly taken up the concerns of local companies in exchange with business and entrepreneurs and continuously improved the measures.

In the case of bridging aid, the conditions for the culture and event industry and the self-employed will be improved in the next few days. In the government survey on Wednesday this week, Federal Minister Altmaier made it very clear that this will be specified in the next 8 to 14 days. – We are also looking to Lower Saxony. There is the Minister of Economic Affairs Althusmann, and he has set up an aid fund for organizers and showmen.

With regard to the new lockdown from Monday, we want to compensate for the loss of sales accordingly. Up to 75 percent of sales in the previous year will be reimbursed for up to 50 employees. We have to make it very clear that November is a month of low turnover for the showmen.

(Tino Chrupalla [AfD]: Oh!)

That is why the suggestion – Mr Mohrs said the same thing earlier – that it is better to use the annual average as a basis.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU and the SPD)

The following also applies to small businesses with fewer than ten employees: You can use KfW quick loans.

Despite all the criticism of the new lockdown, one has to be very clear: In view of the number of infections, there is no other way. We have to go through it now, together. Ultimately, it is important to reduce social contacts in all areas.

But I also say very clearly: lockdown and assistance belong together. If you take a company or an industry off the market, you have to provide financial compensation, appropriately and, above all, promptly. That is why we now need quick help for the sectors that were hit hardest during the crisis:

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

for the restaurants that have suffered heavy losses for eight months. Quote from an operator of a country restaurant in my constituency of Diepholz – Nienburg I: It looks bleak. – That’s what the showmen tell me, too, who haven’t had any income since the winter break last year. The event industry only has short-term prospects. That is why the term “entrepreneur’s wages” as such is basically wrong. That doesn’t fit in here. It’s about the financial bridging of a crisis. Elisabeth, you already pointed that out in March of this year; you too, Mr. Houben. We should acknowledge that too.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

We can look to Baden-Württemberg. The solo self-employed can also claim costs for private living expenses and receive a deferred payment: 1180 euros per month. That’s a good role model. Here and there, we have certainly also opened up the basic security through Hartz IV via the job center for entrepreneurs and self-employed people. But that doesn’t fit in with free enterprise. That is why it is important that we come up with better solutions here.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU and the BÜNDNISSES 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)

Ladies and gentlemen, our restaurants and cultural establishments are a very important part of our lives, especially here in rural areas. That is why we must continue to provide support in 2021. We should consider extending the sales tax cut and the tax deferral here.

Thank you for your attention.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)


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