the Foundation for Family Businesses in Germany and Europe


Berlin, 2014-06-27
Day of the German Family Business

The room for family business leaders to take their own decisions is restricted by the legal demands of minimum wage laws, quotas for women or the reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). Professor Hennerkes, Chairman of the Foundation for Family Business, was critical of this in his opening speech at the "Day of the German Family Business" in Berlin.

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München, 2014-06-13
EU reform - proposals against the loss of confidence

Concrete proposals from the ten largest EU Member States for the reform of the EU have been put on the table and could be implemented immediately. This includes a self-limitation of the EU Commission ("Focused EU"). A new study by the Centre for European Politics (cep) on behalf of the Foundation for Family Businesses point to some ways out of the crisis of confidence in the EU.

» Download the study: "Reform of the EU: readiness in the ten largest Member States. Opportunities for greater subsidiarity." (PDF)
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Berlin, 2014-05-14
DIE WELT - Monetary Conference 2014

Today at the WELT Monetary Conference Professor Kirchdörfer, Chief Executive of the Foundation for Family Businesses, called for the reduction of the disastrous dependency between banks and governments in Europe. Around 200 guests from business, politics and science are debating today in Berlin the future of Europe and the single currency.

» Download Press Release "banks should underwrite government bonds with their own equity" (PDF)

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A brief introduction
Our Goals

The non-profit Foundation for Family Businesses pursues three key goals: to promote the exchange of ideas between family businesses, support for research activities and institutions who study this particular type of enterprise and the improvement for acceptance of family businesses in politics and public relations.

About Us

The Foundation for Family Businesses is an economically and politically independent initiative of family businesses.

What we do

We regularly make studies in the relation to family businesses. Furthermore, the foundation supports the establishment and management of related research and teaching institutions. In addition, the foundation can be contacted by media and political decision makers in regards to legal, tax and economic policy issues related to the special interests of this business type.