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Our figure of the month for Christmas 2015: Highest number of companies for Christmas trees in Lower Saxony

More than one third of all X-mas tree nurseries are located in Lower Saxony (NI). The biggest producers in terms of plantation size (ha/company) can be found in North Rhine-Westphalia (NW). A large number of companies are also situated…

Final Gretchen Flyer published

As a final result of the Gretchen project, which has been funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within its funding priority "Economics of Climate Change", a double-sided flyer was published. It lists key lessons…

Increasing migration has positive effects on the economy

Refugees and migration was the central issue debated at the conference on “Regional impacts of migration in Germany” organised by DGD (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Demographie – German association for demography) and BBSR (The Federal Office…

Our figure of the month 12/2015: increase in the asylum protection quota and faster recognition of the right to asylum

The calculated asylum protection quota of 46% implies that almost every second asylum seeker can stay in Germany for the time being. However, the probability for a successful application for asylum differs considerably depending on the…

Policy Mix in Germany supports technological innovations, exports and jobs in renewable power generation

German policy makers are relying on a policy mix made up of ambitious targets, technology-push, demand-pull and systemic instruments to increase the share of renewable energy technologies and to foster the German Energiewende. The impact…

The industry of building installation – a craftsman’s branch with high potential

By now the German construction boom keeps the industry extremely busy and future trends such as smart home, energy efficiency, safety engineering and e-mobility are likely to even widen the scope of the building installation. Thus, the…

The catering sector – a branch of trade that mirrors our society

The catering sector comprises any place where you can buy ready-made meals and/ or drinks. It includes high class restaurants as well as cafeterias and takeaways, wine bars as well as pubs and discotheques. The development in this sector…

The energy and water industry are adjusting their human resources development – supported by GWS

Securing professionals and competences for the future! This was the slogan for the fifth colloquium organized by the vocational training committee of the associations of the energy and water industries, which took place from 4th to 5th

Continous change in the market of energy production

Driven by the “Energiewende”, many new players in the market of energy production and energy trade have emerged. Mostly smaller companies which are often new in the market benefit from the priority access of renewable energy sources and…

Our figure of the month 11/2015: Latent risk of German exports

What is known as Hermesdeckung offers exporting firms the opportunity to bail their export businesses. In this context, countries are being classified with respect to their guarantee to pay back their credit. This classification ranges…

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