In dialogue with politics

Our daily work is about more than just dialogue. The Federal Government is one of Airbus' most important customers in the aerospace and defence sectors. On top of that, we rely on political support in many of our businesses around the world, be it export issues or key markets like China. 

Due to the diversity of our products and services, the Berlin Airbus Hub is in contact with more than 150 specialist departments in ten federal ministries as well as the Chancellery. Added to this are the deputies of the German parliament Bundestag and the federal states where Airbus has sites. The Berlin office also has a branch office in Bonn for important dialogues with the Rhine region (“Rheinschiene”).  

Last but not least, Airbus in Berlin also supports our Brussels colleagues on important EU issues. 

Position Paper

Civil aviation

Strategic importance of aerospace

  • Aerospace is a key strategic industry in Germany and Europe.

Fair competition worldwide

  • Germany and the EU should step up their efforts to promote fairness and a level playing field worldwide. The worlds of politics and industry should seek a close alliance. 
  • Given the trade conflict with the US, there is a need for concerted countermeasures on the part of European politics. The EU should acknowledge and underpin the strategic importance of the sector (for example, in trade policy, economic diplomacy and research and innovation policy). Economic success, especially in exports, depends largely on political support. 

Continue to promote research and technology at a high level

  • The Federal Government is committed to strengthening Germany as an innovation location. The aviation research programme (LuFo) should be continued at a high level.
  • If Germany intends to permanently surpass the 3% R&D expenditure target, a tax incentive of at least 10% should be introduced for all companies in addition to the increase in direct funds.

Inclusion of aviation in a mobility concept of the future / promotion of alternative propulsion technologies (hybrid/electric propulsion)

E-mobility does not just apply to cars. Electric and hybrid engines are also playing an increasingly important role in aviation. This should be promoted accordingly by the Federal Government. It is important to ensure that the balance between climate protection and competitiveness is maintained. 

Military aviation

Strategic importance of the defence industry 

  • The security and defence industry is of strategic national interest not only from an economic, but also technological and security perspectives. 

Franco-German cooperation as the engine of European defence policy  

  • With the Franco-German Declaration of 13 July 2017, both nations stressed the importance of a European Common Security and Defence Policy. The aim is to improve European defence capability and secure long-term industrial expertise and R&D capabilities. The "Lead Nation" organisational concept should serve as a guideline, as should the involvement of interested European partner nations in combining needs and budgets and avoiding parallel initiatives. A prerequisite for the successful implementation of the projects is to gain early clarity about export opportunities. This requires the alignment of existing export regulations between the two countries.



The American Chamber of Commerce in Germany e.V. (AmCham Germany) strives to promote global economic and trade relations based on a strong US-German partnership.

Die Atlantik-Brücke hat das Ziel, die Zusammenarbeit zwischen Deutschland, Europa und Amerika auf allen Ebenen zu vertiefen.

The aim of Aireg is to accelerate the production and use of alternative aviation fuels in order to reduce CO2 emissions in aviation.


The Baden-Baden Entrepreneur Talks create connections between entrepreneurship and society, business and politics and aim to reflect, question, think originally and act sustainably together across social sectors and borders.

The mission of the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany e.V. is to promote mutual understanding and economic relations between Germany and the United Kingdom.


Economic Council of the CDU e. V.
The Economic Council of the CDU e. V. is a nationally organised, entrepreneurial professional association and offers its members a platform to help shape economic and social policy in the spirit of Ludwig Erhard's social market economy.

The Economic Forum of the SPD e.V. represents the interests of the entire economy vis-à-vis politics and communicates political projects to the economy.

https://www. spd-wirtschaftsforum. de/

The BDLI represents the interests of the aerospace industry, a strategically important high-tech industry in which Germany and Europe play a leading global role.

The aim of the German Aerospace Forum is to promote understanding of the importance and benefits of aerospace.

The OAV provides a platform for cross-industry exchange of experience and a comprehensive range of practice-oriented services concerning the dynamically growing Asia-Pacific region.

The German Council on Foreign Relations is committed to a sustainable German and European foreign and security policy based on democracy, peace and the rule of law.


In close cooperation with the Federal Government and the governments of the partner countries, the Eastern Committee of the German Economy works to reduce trade barriers and improve the economic conditions in the region.

The German Economic Policy Club sees itself as a driving force for politics and business. Its network, which has grown over decades and continues to grow, contributes to the recognition and solution of economic policy problems, above all through intellectual exchange.

https://www. wpcd. de/

A place for bringing together personalities from business, politics and culture who, through their activities, help to breathe life into Franco-German relations.

The Green Economic Dialogue understands its role as a bridging partner between economy and politics. It aims at critically discussing measures for a comprehensively sustainable economy, as well as developing them together and providing impulses for their implementation.

The purpose of the association is to promote international friendship for the benefit of the general public, to develop and strengthen friendly relations between Germany and the peoples of the world in the political, cultural, economic and social fields.

https://www. icaa. de/

Think Tanks*

The German Academy of Science and Technology is committed to sustainable prosperity through innovation.

The DGAP is a national network for foreign policy and promotes foreign policy opinion forming in Germany.

The overview on memberships of associations and think tanks solely illustrates an extract and raises no claim to completeness.  

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