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Delayed November aid cause displeasure

BWIHK President Wolfgang Grenke criticizes the federal government because many companies only receive state aid with a delay. (Archive image) Photo: dpa / Marijan Murat

The Baden-Württemberg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWIHK) sharply criticizes the federal government because there are delays in the payment of financial aid to companies.

Stuttgart / Berlin – The Baden-Württemberg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWIHK) reacted with great incomprehension to the recent delay in the start of the payment of the November aid promised by the state. This waiting is “barely acceptable, especially with a view to companies that are economically massively affected by the corona lockdown – after all, this is about the funds from November”, said BWIHK President Wolfgang Grenke of the German Press Agency on Tuesday.

Companies affected by the corona lockdown had to wait on Tuesday – contrary to what the Baden-Württemberg state government recently promised – for the start of the payments of the extraordinary November aid. The background was technical problems with an online platform provided by the federal government. The Federal Ministry of Economics announced on Monday evening that the last technical tests were still running at the interfaces in the application system. When the payouts could begin remained unclear at first.

Companies have failures due to the corona measures

With the November aid, companies are to be compensated by the state for lost sales if they had to close because of the corona measures ordered. The funds should actually have been flowing for a long time, and a similar program has also been launched for those affected by the December lockdown. So far, companies have only received discounts on the amount actually requested.

Grenke emphasized that a number of companies needed the promised funds immediately in order to be able to keep themselves in the market. “Many companies, especially from medium-sized companies, will soon run out of the last remnants of their economic substance. This would be dramatic for the Baden-Württemberg location. ”The technical implementation for the aid programs is certainly demanding. “But in view of the sometimes dramatic sales losses in numerous industries, after weeks of setbacks, at least the provision of the necessary conditions must finally be possible.”

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