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Porträtfoto Melanie Vogelbach
Melanie Vogelbach Managing Director International Economic Policy

Economic Policy

The Chambers of Commerce and Industry are committed in the regions to strengthening the business location and improving framework conditions for companies: whether this involves, for example, a better transport infrastructure, lower tax burdens or issues of regional subsidies and urban development – the Chambers of Commerce and Industry are competent partners and voice of the regional economy!

In coordination with the CCIs in the regions, the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) advocates a policy to the political decision-makers in Berlin and Brussels which is consistent with the overall interests of the industrial economy: less bureaucracy, simpler and more transparent tax law, as well as the strengthening of Germany's competitiveness as a business location are right at the top of the agenda.

In other countries the Chambers of Commerce Abroad represent the interests of local German companies; at the same time the Chambers of Commerce Abroad attempt to obtain investments in Germany as a business location and help companies in this country in opening up foreign markets.

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Economic Survey Early Summer 2024

The upswing remains elusive. This is demonstrated by the DIHK Economic Survey for Early Summer 2024, presented on May 23, in which more than 24,000 companies from all sectors and regions participated. According to the survey, a weak domestic economy and tangible structural challenges continue to grip the economy.

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Economic Survey February 2024

The poor mood in the German economy as a whole continues to consolidate. This was revealed by the DIHK economic survey at the start of 2024, which surveyed more than 27,000 companies from all sectors and regions. Worryingly, almost three out of five companies now see the economic policy environment as a business risk – a record high in the history of the survey.

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Economic Survey Fall 2023

More than half of the companies in the country currently consider economic and location policies in Germany as a problem for their own development. This is revealed by the Autumn 2023 Economic Survey of the DIHK which is based on feedback from 24,000 companies from nearly all sectors and regions. What is particularly alarming is that this value was measured for the first time in the industry as well.

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GDPR-Survey February 2024

Even after six years, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) remains one of the biggest bureaucratic burdens for German businesses. This is the result of a survey conducted by the German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) among 4,900 companies from almost all sectors.

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Energy problems burden production in Germany

Confidence in energy policy among German businesses is currently at an all-time low. This is shown by the IHK organization's Energy Transition Barometer 2023, in which 3,572 companies from all sectors and regions took part. It shows the worst value since the start of the surveys in 2012.

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