In its spring meeting, the plenary session of the chamber of handicrafts for upper franconia once again dealt with the embezzlements surrounding gewerbe-treuhand oberfranken steuerberatungsgesellschaft mbh (gto). After an extraordinary meeting in april had paved the way for a successful continuation of the company, this time the focus was once again on a complete clarification of the incidents. The committee gto of the chamber of handicrafts, which was founded especially from the full assembly, gave a good testimony in an interim report. "We were supported in our work in all respects, we were able to inspect all documents and all questions were answered openly and transparently by the presidium and the management", said the chairman of the gto committee, andreas troger, head of the motor vehicle guild of upper franconia.
The interest of the full assembly in sending clear signals to the skilled trades in upper franconia is just as great. Therefore, the members decided by a majority to postpone the resolution on the 2019 annual financial statements, which were originally due for approval, until the fall meeting and to bring forward the external audit of the 2019 annual financial statements, which usually takes place every four years, until then.
Hwk president thomas zimmer addressed the situation of the skilled trades in the pandemic. "We were very pleased that it was recognized how important crafts are for the regional economic cycles and that they were often classified as system-relevant", emphasized zimmer. Now, however, this assessment must be followed by the corresponding political actions. "Even though the emergency aid was an important and correct step and the economic stimulus package seems to be providing a lot of good impetus – the concrete implementation is still open in many points. And many measures do not go far enough." it would now be important, for example, to review the early payment of social security contributions and to ensure that these remain stable at a maximum of 40 percent beyond 2021.