Status: 28.11.2023, 19:15 PM
By: Thomas Zimmerly
The members of the board of directors of the Dachau regional committee of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce: Werner Mooseder, Notburga Kreppold and Stefan Fichtl (from left). © Thomas Zimmerly
The board of the Dachau regional committee of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce criticises the municipalities and authorities. Above all, the large district town did not come off well.
Odelzhausen/Dachau – A construction site in a side street in Dachau, hardly any traffic. During the sidewalk protection, two lights failed. "That's when my site manager got a call from the police that there was a complaint from the city of Dachau," says Werner Mooseder, building contractor and chairman of the Dachau Chamber of Industry and Commerce's regional committee. A Dachau client had hung a poster on his fence for which he did not have a permit. Zack – fine proceedings, according to Stefan Fichtl, tax consultant and Mooseder's deputy in the regional committee.
Two examples of one of the points that bothers the entrepreneurs at the Dachau site: the unspeakable bureaucracy. Others include the lack of planning security and the lack of commercial space and affordable housing in Germany. Another topic that came up in a press conference of the company representatives at the headquarters of the demolition, earthmoving and recycling company Kreppold in Odelzhausen: the shortage of workers. The starting point for the conference was the IHK location survey 2023 (detailed results see below).
■ "Every little thing is talked into"
"Entrepreneurs are suffering more and more from the fact that they are talked into every little thing. Bureaucracy is created, employees are tied up, costs are incurred, and there is no more time for real entrepreneurship," says Jochen Wiegmann, head of the Munich Region Chamber of Industry and Commerce. And Fichtl adds: "We are no longer in a position to solve anything pragmatically at the municipal level." Instead of clarifying a small matter during a phone call, "they simply send out fines".
The area of bureaucracy took up most of the space at the meeting. "We're talking about cutting red tape, and the opposite is happening," Fichtl said. Notburga Kreppold, authorized signatory of Kreppold GmbH, agreed. "We have been pending approval procedures for mines for years," said the deputy chairwoman of the regional committee. "If you need a little something from a subject area, you don't get an answer. There is no response. These are things you can despair of! Sometimes I have the impression that you are no longer heard at all, except that you show up with a lawyer."
■ It takes 12 years from planning to construction
Mooseder gave another example: "We are currently building in Dachau. The development plan was started in 2009, then it took seven years before it was legally valid. And then it took them another five years to complete the development. That is the bitter reality. It makes me laugh when people say that we build 400,000 apartments a year in Germany."
"We need partners at our side who increase the speed a bit or at least don't slow down. But this has not reached the municipalities. You get the feeling that you're still working like in times gone by," said Fichtl. According to Mooseder, some administrations still insist on faxes; "And that in 2023"!
Even if the modern world is slowly making its way into municipalities, "no company will be helped if each municipality sets up digital processes for itself and each municipality uses its own IT program. Then the interfaces don't fit again. Then a municipality will have to communicate with the district office by post again," says IHK press officer Florian Reil.
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■ "No industrial estate, no building land planning without a citizens' initiative"
Of course, it is not only the bureaucracy that is of great concern to the self-employed. In addition, there is a lack of planning security and a lack of commercial space. "We need rules that stand the test of time. And we need opportunities to develop further in terms of area and perspectives with which we can look to the future," says Mooseder. Fichtl adds that companies that are developing well have great problems finding suitable space for expansion in the district of Dachau. According to Mooseder, this is also due to the following: "No industrial park, no building land planning without a citizens' initiative"!
Speaking of building land planning. There are municipalities like Odelzhausen, "which have done something in recent years, both in terms of commercial and residential space," says Mooseder, according to the motto: "We do something, we offer something, bring companies here, but also need housing." The situation is different in Dachau, where, according to the head of the regional committee, there is a decision in principle not to designate any residential building areas in the future, only commercial areas. Mooseder: "And they don't have a real solution ready, also because the city is getting smaller." Of course, there is also the MD site. "But we all know who owns it. Therefore, it may take a very long time before construction begins. That makes a snap, and then it belongs to some international fund again."
■ One and a half new jobs for each employee who leaves
The last point of the meeting: the shortage of labour. Fichtl: "The problem is huge, at all levels." There is full employment in the Dachau region, adds Mooseder. Without immigration, it will not work. And then there's demographics. "This means that more and more employees are retiring than students are coming in. The 'old' employees worked five days. Those who come after only want to work for four more days," says Mooseder. In the skilled trades, each position would have to be filled with one and a half positions, because those who move up would have a different willingness to perform.
Fichtl, on the other hand, took up the cudgel for young people: "The basic willingness to step on the gas is already there among young people. They want to make a difference. But they have to understand the meaning of their work. And they need to have a perspective. That's where the entrepreneurs come in!"
The exact results of the 2023 location survey can be found at www.ihk-muenchen.de/de/Wirtschaftsstandort/Standortmanagement/Studien-Marktberichte/IHK-Standortumfrage-2023/
You can read more news from the Dachau region here.