Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks. German Confederation of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses. Brussels, Feb. 2005. Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks. ZDH: ZDH is the umbrella organisation of the Skilled Crafts in Germany and a Social
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Brussels, Feb. 2005
ZDH is the umbrella organisation of the
Skilled Crafts in Germany and a Social
Partner on national level
ZDH is a registered association and unites
- 53 Chambers of Skilled Crafts and SMEs
- 42 national sector associations
- and other related organisations
840.000 enterprises, 5 Mio employees and
over 500.000 trainees constitutes make up
ZDH’s basis for lobbying towards national
government and the European Institutions
“Law on Skilled Crafts”
Unlike in many other countries, a skilled crafts enterprise in Germany is not defined by the number of employees or by turnover, but by its membership to one of the skilled craft trades as laid out in the Crafts Act (“Handwerksordnung”).
94 crafts professions are itemised under the Crafts Act.
41 of the craft trades regulated by the Crafts Act require a person to be a Meiser (master) in order to start up a business.
ZDH’s Points of focus:
Backstopping services by ZDH Consult
for EU co-financed SME projects
(ESF Art.6: demographic change/management of restructuring; eGovernance/eAdministration; One Stop Shop; ……)
Access to European Networks: