Political principles of the ZDH

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The ZDH is committed to the social market economy and to an SME policy of efficiencyoriented competition. Its goal is the creation of political and legal frameworks which give small and medium-sized enterprises the freedom they need to develop their potential as employers and trainers.

With this in mind, the ZDH opposes excessive state interventionism, restrictions on private property or collective bargaining rights and the abuse of market power. The commitment to the principle of subsidiarity includes that services which can be provided by the private sector or through self-administration are should not be attended to by the state.

The ZDH campaigns against competitive disadvantages for skilled crafts SMEs. This currently applies in particular to the field of energy and environmental policy, to business finance, as well as to tax and financial policy. The ZDH calls for a fundamental simplification of tax law and an easing of the burden on companies by reducing the government spending ratio and through the reduction of public debt.

In the opinion of the skilled crafts, social policy should follow the benchmark of financial viability and intergenerational justice and concentrate on a mutual safe-guarding against basic risks in terms of individual personal responsibility.

A special emphasis in the representation by the ZDH of the interests of the skilled crafts is on the area of education policy. Its objective is the equivalence of vocational and general education. A guarantee of success for the skilled crafts and a factor for the competitiveness of German industry in general is provided by the „German dual system“ of vocational qualification.