31.03.2020

"Extend short-time benefits now!"

The corona pandemic is also having a strong impact on the labour market. It is therefore necessary to immediately extend the period for which short-time work benefits are paid to 24 months.

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20.03.2020

VDMA-President Welcker calls on Federal Minister Heil to extend short-time work

In a fire letter to the Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Hubertus Heil, VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker spoke out in favour of an immediate extension of the period for which short-time work benefits are paid from 12 to 24 months.

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21.02.2020

Mützenich visits Welcker

A "Cologne meeting" took place during the visit of SPD faction leader Dr. Rolf Mützenich to the medium-sized company of VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker. Thus the delegate from the Cologne III constituency was able to come by bike to find out about current industrial policy issues directly from the machine tool manufacturer located on the banks of the Rhine. The focus was on the bleak economic outlook, which, among other things, put the issue of short-time working compensation on the agenda. Welcker made it clear that what matters here now is that the design is as unbureaucratic as possible. The fact that Mützenich comes from a foreign policy background was demonstrated by the very well-founded exchange on trade policy and developments in the USA and China. Both agreed that strengthening Europe must also be central from an economic policy perspective.

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19.02.2020

VDMA: The right response to economic weakness

The grand coalition has agreed in a draft bill on a decree authorization to extend short-time work. VDMA Executive Manager Thilo Brodtmann criticizes that the extension is tied to qualification measures.

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"Extend short-time benefits now!"
VDMA-President Welcker calls on Federal Minister Heil to e...
Mützenich visits Welcker
VDMA: The right response to economic weakness

02.04.2020

Overcoming the corona crisis, preparing the exit

COVID-19 is a burden on mechanical and plant engineering, as well as other branches of industry. Companies acutely need liquidity to cope with the consequences of the pandemic and to bridge the time until demand resumes. In order to ensure basic supplies and keep the damage to a minimum, economic life must be maintained - where this is justifiable in terms of health policy. The recovery after the crisis must be accompanied by economic policy.

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18.03.2020

Strengthening Europe's sovereignty in payment traffic

With an export share of around 80 percent, the German mechanical and plant engineering industry is existentially dependent on reliable framework conditions for foreign trade. This includes the availability of export-related services, especially payment transactions. If banks are no longer able to process payment transactions for legal export business due to the extraterritorial effect of sanctions imposed by foreign states, there must be a discussion to solve the problem.

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Overcoming the corona crisis, preparing the exit
Strengthening Europe's sovereignty in payment traffic