Erfurt (dpa/th) - The East German chambers of crafts are calling for long-term measures to support companies. Political measures should not have any consequences that threaten the existence of craft businesses, their employees and trainees, said the President of the Erfurt Chamber of Crafts, Stefan Lobenstein, on Friday at a meeting of representatives of the chambers in Erfurt. Energy supplies would have to be reliable and at competitive prices, and taxes and social security contributions would have to be reduced.
In the eastern German federal states there are over 201,000 craft businesses with more than 880,000 employees. In around 130 trades, the companies generate annual sales of around 90 billion euros.