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Businesses react to German coalition deal

Ola Ola Kaellenius, CEO of Daimler AG, speaks at the Automobilwoche car summit in Ludwigsburg, Germany, November 10, 2021. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert

Nov. 25 (Reuters) – Center-left Social Democrats (SPD), Green environmentalists and Free Liberal Democrats (FDP) on Wednesday presented their three-way deal for a new government to succeed a conservative-led coalition Angela Merkel. . Read more

Here are the reactions of companies and business leaders:


“Our country faces enormous challenges. The pandemic has ruthlessly exposed deficits in many areas and shown that a unified approach is lacking. For Germany to remain economically prosperous in the long term, rapid and comprehensive digitization is required. crucial. “


“The new German government is focused on sustainability and climate protection in air transport, but is clearly committed to competition-neutral concepts and is striving for international regulation. That’s right. Because in the globally active airline industry, regulations that unilaterally weigh on businesses are of no use to the environment.

The coalition agreement sets an important course for future air transport technologies. It is positive that air traffic tax funds will be used in the future to promote sustainable aviation fuels. It is a real contribution to climate protection. In this way, the taxes that passengers and businesses pay for air travel will be used in a targeted way for the transformation of the industry. “


“We welcome the new federal government’s clear commitment to accelerate the expansion of charging infrastructure – in particular with a focus on the fast charging network. Non-discriminatory access to public charging points and the upstream expansion of demand are the decisive factors for the successful rise of electric mobility and increased customer acceptance. The commitment to ambitious expansion goals at European level is also an important and correct signal. “


“When I first walked through the coalition agreement, I liked the sound of three numbers: 15 million electric cars, 1 million charging points and 80% renewable energy.

These are three specific goals for 2030 that will support the transformation of the automotive industry during this decade. And they match our strategy at Mercedes-Benz. In this way, even more cars can go electric and electric cars really green. Higher investments, faster approval procedures and a digital awakening of state, economy and society will also do us good. Ambitious climate protection and improved competitiveness – this combination drives us forward. “


“The focus on climate policy of the coalition agreement is important. We welcome the coalition’s recognition of the great importance of grid infrastructure as the backbone of the energy transition – especially in terms of financing and investment conditions. “

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