MIL-OSI Translation: Retail and city centers need stabilization

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MIL OSI translation. Region: Germany/Germany –

Source: CDU CSU

Julia Klöckner: “The retail trade shapes our city centers and pedestrian zones. Together with gastronomy and the hotel industry, services or leisure and cultural offers, it creates an environment of coming together. It is the individual faces, the dealers and their employees who make a major contribution to regional value creation, job preservation and municipal income. This is in everyone’s interest!

But more and more retailers are concerned and are on the brink of collapse. First the massive restrictions caused by Corona, now delivery bottlenecks, price increases and an atmosphere of crisis, which have long since arrived in the retail sector as a result of the war in Ukraine. Politicians must act if inner cities and pedestrian zones are to remain attractive.

For this reason, the Union faction has introduced an overall concept for revitalizing retail and city centers to the Bundestag. It needs more liquidity and flexibility. Losses must be more generously offset against wins. In this way, trade is tax-free. Approvals of one’s own business activities must be easier and quicker. Online trade with stationary trade is part of the future. We create the environment for this with smart city approaches and regional marketplaces. Flexibility in store opening hours creates a boost and more purchases. The approach is: The retail trade must be able to generate more sales on its own!

Jan-Marco Luczak: “Lively and diverse inner cities make Germany worth living in. We therefore want to make it easier for cities and municipalities to make the inner city living space more attractive with their own ideas. To do this, we want to break the shackles that are holding back inner cities in their development. We want to remove bureaucratic and building law hurdles and advance digital projects on the way to the smart city.

Our specific demands include an experimentation clause for the TA-Lärm, an adapted building use ordinance that enables new and more flexible uses of urban space, expanded urban development funding and reformed building planning law. If a complete building application has not been finally processed after two months, it should generally be considered approved.

The local people – the citizens, retailers, local politicians or city planners – know best how to move their inner cities forward. We should give them the freedom to do this and give them more support.”

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