BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) wants to stabilize the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) and eliminate uncertainties after a court ruling. Legal changes are planned for this, as can be seen from a draft. Accordingly, a reorganization of the structure of the chamber representation at federal level is planned.
Specifically, a German Chamber of Industry and Commerce is to be set up by converting the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) into a body under public law. In addition, statutory membership of all chambers of industry and commerce in the Federal Chamber is planned. There should be a transitional phase of four years, as can be seen from the draft amendment to the law on the provisional regulation of the law of chambers of industry and commerce. The draft was submitted to the German Press Agency.
The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig had ordered the IHK North Westphalia to leave the DIHK after years of dispute. According to court statements by the umbrella association, the reason was outside its area of competence on general political issues and one-sided questions relating to environmental and climate policy. An entrepreneur from the wind energy industry from Münster, who is himself a member of the IHK North Westphalia, had sued.
According to the Federal Association for Free Chambers, five members in the IHK districts of Munich, Stuttgart, Cologne, Bielefeld and Kassel have initiated urgent proceedings to force these IHKs to leave the DIHK. There are 79 chambers of industry and commerce in Germany.
In the draft law it is said that already with the exit of the IHK North Westphalia the completeness of the activities of the DIHK e.V. is no longer given at the federal level. If further terminations followed, the representation of the general interests of the IHKs at national, European and international level by the DIHK is more possible. The financing of the DIHK is no longer guaranteed. The interests of the approximately 4 million chamber members could then no longer be represented in their entirety at the federal or international level. That is “economically indispensable”.
The DIHK said on Tuesday that the aim of eliminating legal uncertainties and contradictions with clear rules was in the interests of all those involved: the IHK member companies as well as the voluntary entrepreneurs in the IHKs and in the DIHK. This gives the entire chamber organization and its 3.6 member companies the stability they need in the current difficult phase./hoe/DP/jha