Regularly the subcommittee of the committee for economy and technology deliberates on the annual frame work for the federal government and states common task “improvement of regional and economic structures” and analyses the results of the support. The primary goal of the regional politics in line with the common task is that economically underdeveloped regions, through compensation of their locational disadvantage, can keep up with the general economic development and regional differences in development will be reduced. In order to gain insight locally, the delegates foster the direct dialog with the companies in areas with a locational disadvantage.
On October 29th, 2012, a delegation of the subcommittee for regional economic politics lead by the Chairman Stephan Mayer (Member of the German Bundestag, CDU/CSU) visited FRITSCH Milling and Sizing in Idar-Oberstein. Additional members and visitors were: Doris Barnett and Andrea Wicklein (both Members of the German Bundestag, SPD), Manfred Todtenhausen (Member of the German Bundestag, FDP), Dr. Tobias Lindner (Member of the German Bundestag BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN), Wolfgang L. Müller (Consultant SPD parliamentary group), Florian Hartmann (research assistant) and Stefan Hötte (Government Director in the committee office). In Rhineland-Palatinate visited the delegates besides Idar-Oberstein, also Kaiserslautern and Birkenfeld.
Goal of the visit was in discussions with representatives of the local economy, the Chamber of Commerce and Trade, Chamber of Crafts, state and local politicians to gain a personal insight of the status quo of the structural policy. As part of the tour, the delegates visited several firms which in the previous years profited from the funds from the common task “improvement of regional and economic structures” .
A guided tour through the production facilities launched the visit at FRITSCH Milling and Sizing. In the ensuing discussion participated the members of the delegation, FRITSCH Managing Director Robert Fritsch, Technical Director Wolfgang Mutter, Department Manger Accounting Annette Fried and Member of the Board Volksbank-Hunsrück Nahe, Erik Gregori and Anja Becker.
Topic of the discussion were the experiences FRITSCH made with sources of support in regard to regional business development from the federal and state government. In the opinion of FRITSCH has the bureaucratic effort increased, but Robert Fritsch explained that: ”the support so far has been welcomed since it made the decision to invest much easier.”
Therefor were the explanations of the delegations met with astonishment, that according to EU criteria as of January 2014 the old Federal States will not be considered for the allocation of subsidies.