This is what business says about the coalition agreement

Berlin (dpa) – There is a lot of fundamental praise for the coalition agreement between the SPD, Greens and FDP – and some criticism.

Much point in the right direction, said employer president Rainer Dulger on Wednesday. Digitization, decarbonization and demographic change, however, required answers and a “big hit”, according to Dulger. “Unfortunately, this is not always recognizable in the coalition agreement.”

Among other things, the BDA President praised the abandonment of the traffic light on tax increases and the adherence to the debt brake. “Unfortunately, the traffic lights lacked the courage to go beyond the status quo to create new freedoms for companies and employees and to strengthen personal responsibility.”

Gesamtmetall: Chance auf Jerk

The employers’ association Gesamtmetall was also positive. The completely new government coalition has the chance to let go of a jolt through the country, said Gesamtmetall President Stefan Wolf. “We do not find every project necessary, not every chosen approach promising and some things may be missing – but all in all, the coalitionists took advantage of the opportunity.”

IG Metall boss Jörg Hofmann welcomed the fact face the future government of the great challenge of our time – the socio-ecological transformation. In addition, important issues such as industrial policy, active labor market policy and education would be addressed. However, the proposals for the further development of co-determination are too brief. And the big open question is: “How much additional public investment is necessary and how is it going to be financed? We are curious to see it become more specific through government reality, ”said the union chief.

Cautious criticism came from German industry. Overall, the contract contained too many vague declarations of intent, said Siegfried Russwurm, President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI). “Here the lion’s share of the work remains to be done.” Russwurm rated positively, among other things, the goal of a modern state. But it is important to push ahead with the implementation “with great ambition”: “The announced decade of future investments must become a reality.”

The coalition agreement is “characterized by a constructive spirit for the future,” said DIHK President Peter Adrian . However, there are still uncertainties for business practice. Above all, “the unclear financing issue of many projects” is critical.

“Most expensive common denominator”

The Federal Association of Medium-Sized Enterprises expressed itself more clearly: The traffic light parties had expressed themselves agreed on the “most expensive common denominator”, said the managing director of the Federal Association of SMEs, Markus Jerger. “The bill for this will be paid by businesses and citizens.” The various projects, such as the expansion of renewable energies, can only be financed through new borrowing without tax increases. from the aviation industry, shipbuilding industry and logisticians as well as from the start-up association or from the computer game industry. The German Hemp Association and the Cannabis Industry Association welcomed the planned controlled distribution of cannabis to adults.

The HDE trade association sees many positive approaches, for example with regard to digitization and the development of inner cities, but criticized the planned increase in the Minimum wage: The sudden increase is an intervention in the collective bargaining agreements in numerous industries.

BDEW: Reason for optimism

For the Federal Association of Energy and Water Management (BDEW) is Coalition agreement Reason for optimism: It contains “a lot of substance, for example the planned immediate climate protection program can solve important knots,” said Kerstin Andreae, chairman of the BDEW management board. “The important thing is that the new federal government takes action quickly.”

When it comes to building and living, there is a mixed response: IG-BAU boss Robert Feiger, for example, welcomed the planned independent building ministry. That was “overdue”. The Central Association of the Building Industry (ZDB) made a similar statement. The tenants’ association welcomed the planned creation of new living space, but otherwise called the coalition agreement “inadequate”. “Obviously, the FDP has clearly prevailed in tenancy law,” said President Lukas Siebenkötten. This is not the way to go with effective tenant protection.

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