MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Madam President! Ladies and gentlemen! Dear Colleagues! With all agreement on the matter, I will certainly go into the previous speaker. I find it remarkable that you completely missed the fact that you and your parliamentary group were yourself involved in this under the Schröder government.
(Dr. Franziska Brantner [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: That’s why we have the proposal!)
To be honest, I would like to add the following to your cheap words: When the event industry held a large demonstration for the first time here in Berlin on July 1st of this year, unfortunately only the CDU / CSU parliamentary group was represented. That has now changed for you.
(Erhard Grundl [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: Of course! Then you are not up to date! – Simone Barrientos [DIE LINKE]: The others were in the house and worked!)
– You weren’t represented. I saw it myself on site because I was there.
(Simone Barrientos [DIE LINKE]: Some are where the cameras are, others work!)
Vice President Claudia Roth:
Now it is mostly Mr Müller’s turn.
Carsten Müller (Braunschweig) (CDU / CSU):
With you I have found neither one nor the other, but whatever.
Ladies and gentlemen, the events industry is important. Around 1.5 million employees and a turnover of 130 billion euros speak for themselves. It is very heterogeneous, from many self-employed soloists to internationally active champions who professionally organize major events around the world. It is the industry that was the first to go offline, so to speak, and where at the moment it is impossible to foresee when normal business operations can be resumed. Many companies have suffered a 75, 80, almost 100 percent drop in sales. In fact, it is what the motto of the event was: It’s not five to twelve for this industry, but five to twelve.
(Caren Lay [DIE LINKE]: Who rules?)
After the measures adopted this week, both the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Federal Ministry of Economics have declared that further support must follow immediately, and they have also initiated this. 75 percent of sales from the reference month of November 2019 are to be reimbursed as a one-time flat fee this year. Ladies and gentlemen, as someone who belongs to a parliamentary group that supports this federal government with conviction, I say very clearly: Unfortunately, that is not enough. More has to be done and faster.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU)
The extra help we need is pretty much self-explanatory. We look at the showmen. The showmen are now faced with a lockdown, with an impossibility of their business in November. Many Christmas markets are canceled. It does not take much to recognize that the corresponding institutions cannot be built up overnight from one day to the next, namely not from November 30th to December 1st. It is therefore probable that this year too, dramatic sales losses and thus also job losses will be recorded in the fairground industry. We must counteract these sales losses.
As I said, there were first quick measures. But we also have to talk about the topic of “bridge money for entrepreneurs and for the self-employed”. Addressed to the government: I honestly expect additional measures in the very short term.
(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU and the BÜNDNISSES 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)
In the past few weeks we have had many discussions with representatives of the event industry. We have noticed that they are burning to take action again, but also assume that they cannot take action at the moment due to the pandemic development. Ladies and gentlemen, we urgently need to improve the aid that we have put in place so far. I would like to make a few specific proposals: we have to think about capping the fixed cost subsidies on a monthly basis. With 50,000 euros per month, a company that has 500 employees – these are international champions – really doesn’t help. But above all, we have to think about how we can use the concept of fixed costs in a practical way. It cannot be that holding costs are not reimbursed, that those who were solidly financed look into the tube with their write-offs and therefore go into bankruptcy in the very near future. We can not permit that. This industry is far too important for that.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU)
Ladies and gentlemen, we can – I will say that in conclusion; I look at Thomas Bareiß – don’t wait until January next year. The coming two months are the decisive months not only for the showmen, but also for the industry in general, in which sales will be generated well into the next year. It is now the case that many companies have practically not had a single euro in sales for eight months, and have not been able to save a single euro. That is why we must act quickly now. I have the expectation that the federal government will refill it in the first two weeks of November and make specific suggestions as to how it will help this hard-hit industry. Ladies and gentlemen, in this respect – despite all the criticism of your introductory words – we are largely united by this view.
I ask for your support and I am confident that the German government will address this issue.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)
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