Economic Council of the CDU

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Economic Council of the CDU e. V.
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purpose Perception of the professional and class interests of the independent entrepreneurs and further development of the economic and social order in the sense of the social market economy
Chair: Astrid Hamker (President)
Establishment date: December 9, 1963 in Bonn
Number of members: around 12,000 (as of 03/2018)
Seat : Luisenstrasse 44
10117 Berlin

The Economic Council of the CDU e. V. is an association close to the CDU . He represents the interests of the business economy vis-à-vis the party and wants to help shape its economic policy in its interpretation of the social market economy . At the same time, the entrepreneurs are to be promoted for the Christian Democratic principles.

Inner structure

The registered association has around 12,000 members in 2018. These are organized in regional associations. The regional associations in turn consist of sections. Younger members have the opportunity to get involved in the “Young Business Council” with a total of around 700 members. The president of the council is Astrid Hamker and the general secretary is Wolfgang Steiger .


The foundation goes back to the year 1963. On December 9th, it was launched in Bonn as an association of German entrepreneurs on a professional basis . The model was the CSU- affiliated economic advisory board of the Union , which had existed since 1948 . The establishment of the Economic Council was intended to create a counterpoint to the then strong CDU employee committees . The specific reason was the disputes about social policy at the end of Konrad Adenauer's chancellorship .

The creation of a new association within the CDU that was initially envisaged could not be implemented. Therefore, the member of the Bundestag and factory owner Alphons Horten took the initiative and proposed to found an organization outside the official party structures.

The Economic Council attracted broader public attention during the period of the social-liberal coalition of the 1970s . At the business days that have been held since 1965 , he mainly dealt with their economic and social policy. After the move of the Bundestag and the federal government to Berlin , the Economic Council followed on July 1, 2000 and also relocated the headquarters of its federal office to the federal capital .

On August 27, 2018, the presidium and federal executive committee of the CDU withdrew the status of the party's special organizations from the Economic Council, the Christian Democrats for Life and the Values ​​Union .


Young Economic Council

The Young Business Council is an association of young entrepreneurs and managers in the association. He dedicates his work to the interests of this group up to the age of 35 and represents an economic policy in the sense of the social market economy . At the federal level, the demands of the Young Economic Council are represented by the Federal “Young Generation” commission, which takes care of the elaboration.

Inner structure and history

The Young Economic Council has around 700 members in Germany and is organized in 14 regional associations. The chairman of the federal board is Marcus Ewald. The honorary chairman of the Young Economic Council is Paul Jörg Feldhoff (Federal Chairman 2006–2011). In 1987 the Young Economic Council was founded as an association of young executives of the CDU Economic Council.


The Young Business Council represents the interests of its members vis-à-vis MPs at state and federal level and vis-à-vis other organizations and associations. Young MPs in particular are in the focus of efforts to represent corporate principles. Social commitment to a social and free economic and social order is the focus of the association's work. These include demands such as:

  • Reduction of the national debt
  • Performance-friendly tax and duty policy
  • performance-based restructuring of the welfare state
  • attractive business start-up opportunities
  • consistent use of technological advances
  • Compatibility of career and family
  • encourage more initiative and personal responsibility.

Young business day

This conference with juniors from all regional associations ("junior circle") at changing venues in centers of the German economy promotes dialogue with decision-makers from economy and politics.


On September 27, 2013 (a few days after the 2013 Bundestag election ), the Secretary General of the Economic Council, Wolfgang Steiger, wrote that the consequential costs of climate change for the German economy would be up to 800 billion euros over the next 50 years. The majority of the German economy will have to bear these costs.

This prognosis came from a study by DIW from 2007 for the event that no “forced climate protection would be pursued”.

In December 2015, shortly before the CDU federal party conference in 2015 , the Economic Council criticized the federal government's refugee policy ( refugee crisis in Germany 2015 , refugee crisis in Europe 2015 ). “Various false messages” had created a pull on refugees to Germany; one should urgently set upper limits for refugees.

On May 22, 2018, the Economic Council expressed "very concerned" about the formation of a government in Italy by "a coalition of two anti-European parties". What is developing in Italy has "the potential to become the final for the euro". The Economic Council had warned for a long time that “Germany was putting itself in a situation that could be blackmailed through its European policy , which is based on muddling through and displacement”. Germany's open Target claims amounting to almost 1,000 billion euros to other central banks in the Eurosystem would massively weaken its negotiating position. The federal government must clearly reject the demanded joint liability of German savers for Italian bank loans.

The council wants to water down climate protection measures to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Cornelia Kaminski: Is diversity recently undesirable in the CDU? On: from August 28, 2018
  2. Climate assessment by the UN Climate Change Council is misleading , accessed on June 27, 2017.
  3. Publications of DIW Berlin , accessed on June 27, 2017.
  4. / Philip Plickert December 6, 2015: CDU Economic Council attacks Merkel's refugee policy , accessed on June 27, 2017.
  5. Press release of May 22, 2018: Italy must be given clear answers
  6. ntv, CDU Economic Council wants to overturn climate targets , April 11, 2020