The Emsland Group had good reason to be excited about their very important guests end of July 2017.
The following CDU State Parliamentary Group representatives traveled to Emlichheim to visit Emsland Group’s main plant:
Reinhold Hilbers, deputy chairman of the CDU Parliamentary Group in Lower Saxony’s state parliament;
Helmut Dammann-Tamke, member of Lower Saxony’s parliament and CDU spokesperson for agricultural policy and farming;
Hans-Heinrich Ehlen, also a member of Lower Saxony’s parliament and former Lower Saxony Minister of Food, Agriculture, Consumer Protection and Land Development;
Christoph Eilers, representative of the CDU municipal association and parliamentary candidate;
Frank Oesterhelweg, deputy chairman of the parliamentary group and spokesperson for consumer protection and animal health;
Carsten Hiebing, board member of the CDU State Parliamentary Group in Lower Saxony’s Parliament.
After a few introductory words by Mr. Dammann-Tamke, the Emsland Group was declared a champion in the agricultural sector by the Agra Working Group. But even a champion can use a little outside help, which brings us to the purpose of the visit; namely to investigate how politicians can better support companies in the agricultural sector.
Mr. Udo Hinkelmann, spokesperson for the executive board, had many suggestions to offer, and even incorporated some into the company presentation. This lead to a discussion on what the capital market means to the Emsland Group. Here Mr. Peter Höning, CFO of the corporate group, spoke about a different kind of regulation where the financial needs of small and mid-sized companies would be taken more into consideration. There was also consensus among the working group in favor of the optimization of banking regulations.
In the open discussions that followed, Mr. Gerrit-Jan Wesselink touched on three important points that aren’t making business any easier for the Emsland Group. It was obvious that the aftereffects of the decision to withdraw starch potato subsidies are still being felt. This is because of how different EU countries have put the decision into practice. For example, whereas Germany has to forego subsidies entirely, many other countries still receive funding. This places the Emsland Group at a huge disadvantage internationally. However, according to everyone present, the only hope for reform would rest at the European level. These issues are to be raised via the appropriate channels in due course.
In addition to this, the restrictions related to disposing the soil that is often shipped in with the potato deliveries was mentioned.
In terms of the existing legal requirements, the members of parliament promised to carry out talks in each of the individual districts and to commit to finding solutions.
Additional points raised by Mr. Gebhardt Bakker, the chairman of the board at the Emsland Group, centered around traffic concerns surrounding plans to extend E-Road 233, as well as the use of pesticides in Germany’s core pea regions.
All in all, it was a very constructive conversation that will hopefully lead to some satisfying results.
The CDU State Parliamentary Group’s visit to Emlichheim ended with a tour of the Emsland Group’s research and development center, “Emsland Innovation Germany.”
The company would like to thank everyone for coming!