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Information for companies regarding the war in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine has been going on for several months and threatens freedom and peace throughout Europe. There is no end in sight to the conflict and the impacts are worldwide noticeable - including in Berlin's economy. Rising energy prices, uncertain supply chains, and increasing trade barriers are putting a strain on the daily business of many companies.

In the following, we have compiled some information and links that may be helpful in the ongoing difficult situation. Please understand that the current situation surrounding the Ukraine conflict is unclear, the information is constantly changing and we therefore cannot claim the list to be complete.

Tax and financial support for companies 

The Energiekostendämpfungsprogramm (EKDP) enables temporary subsidies to dampen increased natural gas and electricity prices for particularly affected companies. More information is on the website of the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control.

The energy liquidity aid is aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises with a business site in Berlin whose business operations are at risk due to increased energy costs. If energy costs double compared to 2021, emergency aid can be granted in the form of a repayable, low-interest restructuring loan. Further information can be found on the IBB website

The KfW loan program ("KfW Sonderprogramm UBR 2022") can be applied for by companies of all sizes/industries that are affected by a decline in sales, production downtime, closed production facilities, or increased energy costs due to Russia's attack on Ukraine. The funding program offers access to low-interest loans with extensive liability exemption on the main banks' part. In addition, a syndicated financing variant with substantial risk-taking is offered. Further information is on the KfW website

The tax authorities use an extended scope for action in the interest of significantly affected taxpayers. In individual cases, taxes due can be deferred on application, advance payments for income or corporation tax can be adjusted and a stay of execution can be granted. Those affected are requested to contact the authorities. Further information on the website of the Federal Ministry of Finance.

The federal and state guarantee programs have been expanded for companies demonstrably affected by the war in Ukraine. Companies demonstrably affected by the war in Ukraine can apply for guarantees from various programs via the Federal and State Guarantee Program, e.g.

The simplified access to short-time work benefits is valid until the end of 2022. The approval of the short-time work benefits regulation (Kurzarbeitergeldzugangsverordnung, KugZuV) means that:

  • Short-time work benefits can continue to be paid if at least 10 percent of the employees of a company are affected by the loss of work instead of the regular one-third;
  • Employees should not have to accumulate hours owed to them before receiving short-time work benefits.

Further information can be found on the Federal Government's website.

The Margining Financing Program is a hedging instrument for companies to finance security deposits (so-called margins) that are obligatory when trading in energy. The financial resources are provided in the form of credit lines from KfW, which are secured by a federal guarantee. Further information is on the website of the Federal Ministry of Finance.

Supply Chains

The Enterprise Europe Network offers the possibility to find new business partners via the matchmaking platform "Supply Chain Resilience Platform" to procure necessary raw materials, parts, components and/or (semi-) finished products or services. The platform focuses in particular on the following sectors: Agri-Food, Building / Construction, Digital Economy, Electronics, Energy Intensive Industries, Health, Mobility / Transport / Automotive, Raw Materials, Renewable Energy, and Textiles. Companies can register here free of charge. Contact Berlin Partner for questions: Wolfgang Treinen (wolfgang.treinen@berlin-partner.de).  

In addition, there is a cooperation forum of the Enterprise Europe Network, where entrepreneurs themselves can go in search of business partners across Europe. The EEN team at Berlin Partner will be happy to support you! Contact: Sylvia Vogel (sylvia.vogel@berlin-partner.de).

At the DSGV (Deutscher Sparkassen und Giroverband) Europe Service you will also find country information for your entry into new markets.

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