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The economy in the capital region : firms warn of intolerance in Berlin and Brandenburg

Donald trump's trade policy, the Brexit, the countless breakdowns and delays in the Development of the infrastructure: These topics prepare the local companies

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The economy in the capital region : firms warn of intolerance in Berlin and Brandenburg

Donald trump's trade policy, the Brexit, the countless breakdowns and delays in the Development of the infrastructure: These topics prepare the local companies in Berlin and Brandenburg, as almost all companies in Europe – increasing concern. From the point of view of the local economy, the situation is exacerbated with the addition of by home-made problems that threaten a further boost to the Region. The business associations Berlin-Brandenburg (UVB), one of the most important mouthpieces of the regional economy, make the politicians responsible.

Association chief calls for clear announcements

It's propaganda against investors and against foreigners, for example. The focus of the criticism of the UVB only in Berlin are not as red-red-green Senate, or the red-red state government in Potsdam, but also opposition parties such as the AfD or the new Berlin citizens ' initiative, which seeks to petition for a referendum, at the end of the companies that have more than 3,000 apartments, to "expropriate".

Christian Amsinck, chief Executive of the EIS, it is not surprising that a majority of the Berlin Express, on a survey for such a project in the fight against the housing shortage. "This is like a survey to free beer," he said on Wednesday during a press conference for the start of the year. Everyone could easily agree to a project, he does not have to pay directly. "I wish I was in the topic but a clear attitude of the Senate, not as a verdruckste not opinion. We need a clear message, according to the Motto: We want businesses to invest in the city“, Amsinck.

The Association of chief considers the motives of the Initiative against the apartment company is also not comparable with previous political efforts to re-municipalisation about in the water, Gas or electricity sector. Since the Land of Berlin, as a co-owner or concession've had a donor nature, a say. Here it is a matter of private enterprise. To expropriate this is very expensive and it will not built in this apartment. "The Problem is solved by the fact that you build more and faster," he said.

lack of skilled workers here now biggest concern

The biggest concern that haunts the companies, is the shortage of skilled workers, which has so far been rather in the industrial centers of southern Germany a topic. Now also here. "After the long upswing of the past few years, it is becoming more difficult to find suitable staff. We now need to raise all of the available potential, otherwise it may be with the special situation in Berlin and Brandenburg quickly over,“ said Amsinck. For 2019 to be dressing in a disproportionately strong economic growth of two percent is realistic for Brandenburg an increase of 1.5 percent.

The occupation of open Places to take in some professional fields, the last but twice as long as in the year 2015. Alone in the high-powered mathematical-natural scientific Professions of 23,000 professionals and experts were missing the registry up to date. In view of demographics and the digitization will exacerbate the Trend. "The shortage of skilled workers is not a cyclical Problem but a structural one. We must respond quickly.“

number of commuters rises

Concrete recommendations for action to the Association has summarised in a position paper. Not every idea in it is new. It ranges from "immigration - not the best pick" on the "diamonds dual training to maintain" up to the strengthening of initiatives that connect high school graduates better with employers, so that they migrate according to the study. Employers also want more full-time instead of part-time work.

And the EIS want more investment in public transport. Because the number of commuters increases steadily. So 25 per cent (or well 210.000) drove in 2017, more workers from Brandenburg circles to Work in the city than ten years earlier. And the number of resident in Berlin, the drive into the countryside for work, rose in the same period by as much as a third (33.5 per cent) to around 87,000 people.

most of the commuter flows grew from Berlin's neighbouring circles Dahme-Spreewald (plus 57 percent), Potsdam-Mittelmark (48), Teltow-Fläming (44) and the Havel country (44). The city of Potsdam takes a special development: the number of professionals who travel to Berlin for work rose more strongly (plus 42 within a period of ten years) as the number of Berlin, to Potsdam commute (plus 28 percent).

more and more skilled workers from abroad

companies in the two States set more and more skilled workers from abroad. Were occupied ten years ago, only 15 percent of the Places in Berlin with foreign employees, in 2017, more than 46 percent, so almost half, says the Federal Agency for work. In Brandenburg, in 2017, nearly two out of three new skilled jobs were filled with non-residents (62 percent).

Against this Background, Amsinck looks with concern on the state election campaign in the Mark. Currently, four parties (AfD, SPD, the CDU and the Left party) in the polls close to 20 percent. And the AfD has chosen the last weekend of their land Chairman Andreas Kalbitz to the top candidate. He is close to the nationalist wing of the party. Will there be propaganda against foreigners?

The AfD personnel did not like to comment on Amsinck as the head of the business associations directly, but said: "A policy under the Motto 'We remain in the state of Brandenburg among us' I can't imagine seriously". It is important for the economy, that the entire Region remain open and tolerant. At the same time, it is important that you talk to problems. Those who have found after six months of no Job, had to leave the country again. The new forces of the immigration act provides for right of way.

criticism, but also praise for the Senate administration

Otherwise, the Association of chief distributed well-measured criticism. In Brandenburg, remained to lie in the Expansion of the digitalisation of a lot, with views of Berlin, he criticized the plans of the three Senate parties for the Amendment of the public procurement act. If the land company would in the future give orders to companies that pay to 11.30 or even 12.30 euros hourly wage, is not a contribution to combating old-age poverty - but economic nonsense.

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