ZDH – The German Confederation of Skilled Crafts

Foto: ZDH/Tomek Kwiatosz

DHKT and UDH are confederated in the ZDH (German Confederation of Skilled Crafts). ZDH has its headquarters in Berlin. 

The purpose of the ZDH is to reach a consensus on all major issues in crafts policy. It represents the overall interests of the skilled crafts sector vis-à-vis the Bundestag, the Federal Government and other central authorities, the European Union and international organisations.

The ZDH is one of the central organizations of German industry and also cooperates with partner associations in the Mittelstand working group.

On the European level, the ZDH is also a member of UEAPME (European Union of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) and has a liaison office to the European Union in Brussels. In addition to the coordination of European activities on skilled crafts policy and maintaining good relationships with its partner organisations at EU level, it also develops European projects for the German skilled crafts organisations.