Companies restrict business trips due to a ban on accommodation

Düsseldorf The domestic German travel chaos, fueled by regional bans on accommodation and opaque quarantine regulations, at least one German DAX group knows how to use: Volkswagen at the Wolfsburg headquarters – for hidden self-promotion. Employees whose places of residence had more than 100 corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days, VW decided, are no longer allowed to enter their own plants. Unless: you come by car.

Other large corporations have also tightened their bans since the rapid increase in corona cases. Employees of the wholesale group Metro are only allowed to leave their car in such polluted cities and districts if the vehicle is on a factory site of their own company. Trips to the bakery or kiosk are taboo – and are checked by the tachograph.

The designation of more than 30 German cities and districts as corona risk areas has put the travel and security officers in German companies on alert. A survey conducted by the VDR business travel association among more than 200 companies found that 18.2 percent of companies allow business trips within Germany without restrictions. In mid-August it was 33.3 percent. The domestic bans on accommodation hardly affect business travelers.

Some employers even intervene in the private lives of their employees. At the rail and truck supplier Knorr-Bremse, areas that the Robert Koch Institute has declared to be risky are no longer allowed to be visited, even in leisure time.

What was true for Corona hotspots on the Mediterranean before the summer vacation now also applies to German metropolises such as Berlin, Stuttgart or Essen. Anyone who travels there privately and then goes into quarantine must take unpaid leave as long as they cannot work from home. Knorr-Bremse also canceled all Christmas parties.

Business travelers at the reception

In an emergency, the ban on accommodation only applies to tourists, but not to business travelers. In practice, however, it will hit companies equally, experts believe.

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At Telekom in Bonn, the meetings could soon be much smaller. Last week, the Dax group limited it to a number of participants of 25. If the seven-day incidence number of 50 infected people per 100,000 population is exceeded in a region, the group will only allow up to ten people. The stricter rules could soon also apply at the company headquarters in Bonn: In the city, the incidence number on Tuesday was 47.27.

In addition, most travel agencies are now taking a closer look. 76.6 percent of the VDR respondents made their permit for business trips dependent on the risk of infection in the respective German target regions – after only 49.4 percent two months ago.

Switching to the car within Germany

One of the first victims of increased alertness is the Munich real estate conference at Expo Real. After Messe München had confirmed on Friday that the two-day industry meeting would start on October 14th, the cancellation followed on Monday evening. Shortly before, the Robert Koch Institute had declared Munich a risk area, whereupon speakers and booked participants announced that they would not.

The classification of Stuttgart as a Corona hotspot also hit the start-up competition Weconomy on Tuesday, in which the Handelsblatt is a cooperation partner. This Friday, top managers from BASF, Daimler, Bosch and B. Braun were supposed to meet young founders there. “The increasing numbers of infections require all of us to be responsible,” said BASF board member Michael Heinz, which is why the event was moved to the Internet.

It is probably thanks to the steep increase in corona infections that companies have become more pessimistic about a rapid recovery. At the end of July, 16.3 percent of travel managers believed that there would be an improvement at the turn of the year, but this is now only 9.7 percent. 19.4 percent are even of the opinion that the restrictions will extend beyond the first quarter of 2021.

The travel service providers score extremely differently in terms of how efficiently they take action against the risk of corona infection. For its own hygiene concept, Deutsche Bahn received a rating of “inadequate” from 58.9 percent of the travel managers – with values ​​that have steadily deteriorated since the end of July. The airlines, on the other hand, received this judgment from only eleven percent, hotels from just 5.5.

In contrast, there was great agreement in the VDR survey in a different assessment. 76 percent ticked the answer: “Yes, we will travel more often by car within Germany.”

The caution in German companies is likely to increase again in the coming days. Because one day after the VDR survey was published, the federal and state governments decided on October 7th that travelers may only be accommodated if they presented a negative coronavirus test as soon as they come from Sars-Cov-2 regions of the warning level. All federal states followed this agreement – except for four.

“The feeling of security is rather irrational”

In the jumble of reports it was lost that the ban on accommodation only applies to tourists in an emergency, but not to business travelers. In practice, however, it will equally affect companies, believes Markus Orth, head of the business travel agency chain Lufthansa City Center (LCC). “The perception is the same for entrepreneurs as for tourists,” the Frankfurt agency boss knows. “The feeling of security is currently rather irrational.”

Orth expects things to get worse soon. “If returnees have to be in quarantine for five days in order to then complete a corona test, that will in fact be equivalent to a new lockdown,” the LCC boss is certain. This regulation, which has been heavily criticized by the industry, was originally supposed to come into force at the beginning of October. However, because the test infrastructure required for this is still lacking, a decision on the start will only be made in the coming days.

The renewed travel restrictions are having a particularly dramatic impact on hotels and restaurants, which complained of a loss in sales of 35 billion euros in the first half of 2020 as a result of the spring lockdown. According to the German Tourism Association (DTV), after the summer season, which started only slowly, many had placed their hopes on the autumn vacation.

“For many hosts, the sales of the two or three weeks in autumn before the start of the already problematic winter season this year mean the difference between continued existence and insolvency,” warns association president Reinhard Meyer.

Things could get tight for many business travel agencies too. Lufthansa City Center alone, the largest German provider, is expecting a drop in sales of 80 percent this year. For businesses in need, the franchise organization has now developed a business model that is intended to massively reduce running costs. “We are starting a mobile sales”, LCC boss Orth revealed on Monday. Instead of an expensive shop, the living room sofa and a computer should be enough for advice in the future.

Daimler subsidiary Blacklane benefits as a chauffeur service

At least one industry hopes to benefit from the travel restrictions in the end: the providers of business travel services. The Blacklane chauffeur service, for example, which has hitherto been booked primarily for airport shuttle rides, is increasingly promoting “intercity rides” – as an alternative to the train.

“We see a clear trend that people want to be on the move in protected vehicles,” says Blacklane founder Jens Wohltorf, “and therefore book a limousine for several hours.”

In April, according to Wohltorf, the Daimler shareholding Blacklane only made two percent of pre-crisis sales, but has now returned to a third to half. It would look even better without the weak US market. In 2019, the travel agent achieved a turnover of over 100 million euros, primarily with business customers.

Cooperation: Stefan Menzel, Florian Kolf, Markus Fasse, Christoph Kapalschinski, Anis Micijevic, Larissa Holzki

More: These corona rules for business travelers apply in the individual federal states.


From December more long-distance trains on important routes

Berlin Central Station

The federal government supports the railways with billions so that more people travel by train for more climate protection. Seat capacity in long-distance traffic is expected to grow by a further 20 percent by 2026.

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Berlin From December 13th, passengers will have more choice on important rail routes. With the timetable change, the daily number of seats in long-distance Deutsche Bahn will grow by 13,000 to 213,000, as the company announced. “On December 13th, we are bringing more offers, comfort and more seats in new trains than ever before,” said Michael Peterson, head of long-distance transport. The changes apply to the following routes:

Hamburg – Berlin every half hour

Between the two largest cities in Germany, the number of trains is growing from 46 to 60 trains a day. According to Deutsche Bahn, 6000 additional seats are available for the journey from the Elbe to the Spree. The trains run every half hour between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

The innovations at a glance

More ICEs between Bonn and Berlin

From the upcoming timetable Bonn and Berlin will be connected by 14 ICE trains without changing trains. That is ten connections more than today. Neuss and Mönchengladbach are connected daily. Erkelenz is a brand new ICE stop.

The new seven-part ICE 4 runs between Cologne, Hanover and Berlin for the first time. The trains each have 444 seats, 17 percent more than the ICE 2 that was previously in service.

New Eurocity Express between Munich and Zurich

The three major railway companies DB, ÖBB and SBB are pushing ahead with European integration with a new service between Munich and Zurich. The Eurocity Express runs more frequently and faster than before: with twelve journeys a day and a travel time of four hours, it will in future connect the major cities. From the end of 2021, the travel time will be further reduced to just 3.5 hours.

More long-distance trains go to tourist destinations

The tourist offer is also being expanded: a daily Eurocity connects Berlin via Wroclaw with Krakow. New on Saturdays in winter is a free ICE connection from Berlin via Erfurt and Würzburg directly to the winter sports areas in Tyrol. ICE and IC trains also go to the German coasts more frequently – to East Frisia, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Lübeck. Often all year round – and no longer just seasonal.

As a bonus in the new 2021 timetable there will be a long-distance traffic stop in Ringsheim / Europa-Park Rust for the first time. Long-distance trains stop there twice a day and offer arriving guests an alternative to traveling by car.

Gaps should be closed

Individual journeys in timetable events will in future be offered daily – both during the week and on the weekend. The goal of Deutsche Bahn: In the coming years, existing gaps in the intervals are to be closed continuously. In the 2021 timetable, an additional ICE connection Hamburg – Kassel – Munich will therefore reinforce the existing regular services. Lüneburg, Uelzen, Celle and Augsburg benefit from more direct connections.

“In the future, rail travelers will be able to take the train more often and faster everywhere,” said Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) after a message on Sunday. “This brings town and country closer together. And the Germany clock is followed by the Europe clock ”.

Scheuer also wants to revive the “Trans-Europ-Express” (TEE), which had linked western European metropolises for 30 years before it was discontinued in 1987. With a combination of high-speed and night trains, according to information from September, the minister will initially offer those trans-European routes for which no major infrastructure measures are necessary.

These include, for example, continuous connections between Amsterdam and Rome, Paris and Warsaw or Berlin and Barcelona. With travel times of around 13 hours, these cities should be accessible from one another. In a second phase, the southern German area is to be linked more closely with destinations in Eastern and Southern Europe and Scandinavia.

The federal government supports the railways with billions so that more people take the train instead of getting into the car or plane to protect the climate. Seat capacity in long-distance traffic is expected to grow by a further 20 percent by 2026. From June, new ICE trains with 13 instead of the usual 12 cars will also be running on the Hamburg-Frankurt-Chur route. They have 918 seats.

There will also be changes on the two routes operated by the private long-distance train provider Flixtrain as of December 13th. The trains on the Cologne-Hamburg route will also stop in Bremen for the first time. The trains between Cologne and Berlin will in future also stop in Stendal, Gütersloh and Hamm.

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DB Schenker is stocking up on e-trucks

E-Canter from Schenker

With the electric truck, Schenker wants to become a green logistician.

(Photo: Daimler AG)

Berlin “I won’t give it away anymore,” says Torsten Merk. The driver from the logistics group DB Schenker in Berlin explains that he has never driven a truck so quietly, nimble and lively. He doesn’t even have to shift the car, he says, “unless you want to reverse”.

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How DB wants to save four billion euros

Düsseldorf Rail boss Richard Lutz can still feel the “tailwind” that the climate policy brings to the railways. The railway should get eleven billion euros from the climate package. On top of that, at least 5.5 billion euros come from the federal government to absorb the damage from the corona crisis.

But the headwind is also growing. On the one hand, Lutz has not yet been able to really justify what he actually wants to use the federal government billions for. On the other hand, the railway has to make its own savings contribution of 4.1 billion euros – and it is still unclear how this will work. On the contrary: A dispute is emerging with the train drivers’ union, the GDL, which has been tried and tested on strikes.

Lutz has already agreed on an austerity pact with the railway workers’ union EVG, which, according to the designated EVG chairman Klaus-Dieter Hommel, should save the state-owned company 1.1 billion euros in expenditure over the next few years. According to information from the Handelsblatt, Lutz wants, among other things, to cut board bonuses, cut jobs in the headquarters and lower purchase prices at suppliers.

The problem: The no less powerful train drivers’ union GDL under the leadership of its belligerent chairman Claus Weselsky takes a stand. Weselsky has so far refused, with reference to collective bargaining autonomy, to start negotiations now.

In the spring, for example, the GDL could go into the collective bargaining battle with far higher salaries for the approximately 16,000 railroad drivers and at least partially destroy the management board’s efforts to cut costs. The rail board therefore asked Weselsky to negotiate arbitration on Wednesday.

The board is running out of time. EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has not yet released a cent of the billions in aid agreed with the German government. The equity aid of eleven billion euros is outstanding from the climate package, payable annually at one billion euros by 2030. The federal government’s corona aid, which could increase to 6.7 billion euros, is also open.

Time is running out. The liquidity of the largest German state company is melting away. In the first half of the year alone, according to calculations by the Handelsblatt, the cash flow turned negative by 2.2 billion euros. In addition, the foreign subsidiary Arriva is currently not for sale and the planned sales proceeds of 1.4 billion euros are therefore not available.

Bahn can go into debt with a further eight billion euros

Therefore, CFO Levin Holle is in demand. The former employee of the Federal Minister of Finance has to organize billions for interim financing. This year, Holle placed EUR 4.4 billion in bonds on the market. And according to information from the Handelsblatt, the Group’s supervisory board released another two billion euros at its most recent meeting. The outstanding funding framework is now eight billion euros. More than ever.

The debt of the railway has already climbed to 28 billion euros. It is uncertain whether the increase in the debt limit to 30 billion approved by the Bundestag budget committee in June will be enough. “If the federal government doesn’t get the money, we’ll definitely break the bar,” the company says.

In early summer, Deutsche Bahn boss Lutz and the federal government agreed on a corona relief plan: the state wants to offset half of the expected eleven billion euros in revenue shortfalls with capital injections. The group is supposed to finance the other half itself. According to the agreement, 1.3 billion euros may come in on higher debt, 4.2 billion euros must be saved. Half in each case through personnel and material costs.

In the worst-case scenario, for example in the event of a renewed lockdown, the Deutsche Bahn management board even expects a loss of 13.3 billion euros. Then both federal aid and the Group’s own contributions would have to increase. Lutz would have to squeeze 5.1 billion euros out of the costs.

Richard Lutz

The railway has to make its own savings contribution of 4.1 billion euros.

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At the moment this is not to be expected, can be heard in the area around the railway. On the contrary: because the lockdown in early summer was shorter than expected, the capacity utilization of the trains quickly rose again from sometimes only ten percent to 40 to 50 percent. But more money in the cash register does not mean fewer worries: The Bahn Management Board no longer expects to be able to seamlessly build on the 2019 growth plan at the end of the corona crisis. “We are continuing as before the crisis, that is no longer possible,” they say.

First of all, savings must be made. The agreement with the railway union EVG does not mean a reduction in real costs. The moderate collective bargaining agreement only saves the management board personnel expenses that were previously included in the medium-term planning. Even the parting of working time accounts, which should result in a “high double-digit million amount”, is not a real cost reduction.

In fact, bonuses and performance bonuses for managers are saved. For example, the Group Management Board will not receive any variable remuneration (bonus) for 2020. That is only 2.5 million euros. Real money is only raised through the canceled profit sharing of hundreds of executives. The railway currently only speaks of an amount in the “three-digit million range”. The company does not want to be any more precise upon request. In May, the board of directors had put the expected savings at 150 million to 180 million euros.

The railway headquarters must also save

Things are also going on in the Bahn headquarters. According to information from the Handelsblatt, jobs are deleted here. According to corporate circles, the cost savings are 175 million euros. With its collective bargaining agreement, the EVG has ruled out any redundancies. So it will probably result in the vacancy not being filled. The railway does not want to comment on this.

The bottom line is that, according to the commitments made to the federal government, 1.85 billion euros in personnel costs must be saved for the period from 2020 to 2024. The board wants to cut material costs by the same amount. Purchasing is a big part of this. With a purchasing volume of 22 billion euros, Deutsche Bahn is one of the largest procurers of materials and services in Germany.

Regional train in Berlin

The Bahn Management Board no longer expects to be able to continue seamlessly with the 2019 growth plan at the end of the corona crisis

(Foto: Bloomberg)

Negotiations have now started, they say. “Not always to the delight of the suppliers”. Half a billion euros should come together in this way, it is said. Whereby the state-owned company attaches importance not to tighten the thumbscrews, as is often accused of the auto industry.

However, it remains to be seen whether the corona-stricken suppliers are ready to make too big concessions. In the procurement of new ICEs, locomotives or wagons, for which the railway has budgeted 18 billion euros, little savings potential is expected anyway. The contracts were often signed years ago.

The problem child of Deutsche Bahn, the foreign subsidiary Arriva, should also become a real problem this year. The company is currently not for sale and needs to be restructured first. That will cost the railway a lot of money. A loss of 153 million in the first half of the year is the slightest concern. Further depreciation is likely to be due and burden the results of Deutsche Bahn.

Corona aid packages from other countries will not alleviate the problem. According to the federal government, Arriva has received 368 million euros in support, mainly from Great Britain and Sweden, in response to a request from railway politician Matthias Gastel (Greens).

And in circles of the railway company it is said that support from foreign governments has already been priced into the federal government’s billions. Then the remaining risk should lie fully with the state-owned Deutsche Bahn. “It takes revenge that Arriva was not sold in time when a reasonable price could still be achieved,” says Gastel.

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In Corona times: which mask makes sense on the train and plane

Europe Travel in times of Corona

What is important for masks on trains and planes

Masks are required for passengers both on the train and when flying. But not all mouth and nose protection is actually effective and not all of them are accepted by the airlines. We give an overview.

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In Airplanes and trains, travelers should not wear masks with a valve for exhaling to protect against corona. “The purpose of the mask is to protect those around you. The air you breathe is expelled unfiltered through the valve, ”explains Prof. Tomas Jelinek from the Center for Travel Medicine (CRM) in Berlin.

For this reason, airlines also generally do not accept the use of such masks. At Lufthansa, for example, it is said that visors, FFP2 masks with valves, as well as scarves and kerchiefs are not permitted on board, as they allow the air to escape to the side and do not provide adequate protection.

Which mask makes sense in the airplane

Travel physician Jelinek advises on trains and airplanes to wear a mask that does not restrict too much and through which one can breathe easily: “A cloth mask or paper mask is completely appropriate.” These masks are primarily used to protect others.

People with respiratory problems are better off using a cloth or paper mask than an FFP2 mask

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“If I’m afraid of infecting myself, then I need a particle-tight mask, that is, an FFP2 or FFP3 mask,” explains Jelinek. However, breathing is more difficult with these masks, which can lead to problems, especially in airplanes.

Because the air pressure on board is lower, the passenger takes in less oxygen in the lungs than at sea level. “That’s not a problem for a healthy person,” emphasizes Jelinek. But people with respiratory problems are better off using a cloth or paper mask.

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Lufthansa also explains: “FFP2 masks have a relatively high airway resistance, which can cause health problems for people with previous illnesses. In addition, even healthy people often have problems wearing this mask for an entire flight. “

Keep your distance before the flight and on the train

According to Jelinek, there is a greater risk of infection on air travel at airports, for example when people are standing close together in queues. Travelers should therefore keep their distance from one another when boarding and disembarking, the doctor warns.

“Once you sit in an airplane, the risk of infection is low because the cabin air runs from top to bottom,” says Jelinek. “They hardly breathe in what is exhaled around them.”

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It’s different on the train: “Here, the air is blown through the entire compartment. It is more important that everyone really wears a mask and that they keep as much distance as possible from one another, ”says Jelinek.

And what else is important? “The mask should be changed daily, better half a day,” advises the expert. “So when you travel you need a supply – like with underpants.”

On the other hand, Jelinek advises against wearing medical gloves in luggage: “This is actually nonsense.” All studies indicate that Corona is not necessarily transmitted via smear infections. Those who wring their hands in gloves for a long time, on the other hand, risk eczema: “You do more harm than protect yourself.”

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Future projects: Railway construction site

Track under control: In addition to large machines, smaller special vehicles like this road-rail excavator are also used on construction sites.
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The renovation of the Mannheim – Stuttgart high-speed line is currently one of the largest rail projects. There are also many other construction projects online. Timetable optimization and digital methods help to cope with the program.

AEverything is on schedule: the signals are currently on green for the punctual restart of the high-speed line from Mannheim to Stuttgart. It has been completely closed since April 10th and is to go back into operation on November 1st after extensive renovation. During this time, almost 380 kilometers of new rails (two rails form one track, two tracks the route) will have been laid in the thoroughly reconditioned ballast bed on a 99-kilometer stretch. There are also numerous other works. The heavy equipment like the ballast cleaning machines has almost completed its use. This is followed by testing of the control and safety technology and test drives at increasing speed (high-speed drives), during which the ICE-S measuring train is also used.

If it takes 15 years to build a railway line, how long does a general renovation take after three decades of intensive use? Deutsche Bahn had to ask itself this question before the renovation of the course book route 770 began. The result: in the event of a full closure, the more than 180 million euro project can be completed in 205 days. Because the line, which was driven at up to 280 km / h, was shut down for a long period of time for the first time since the start of operations in May 1991, cables were also replaced, catenary masts replaced and tunnel drainage systems upgraded. In addition, the track consists not only of simple rails, but also of switches. 54 of these complex systems were replaced in the course of the construction work. This also includes high-performance switches that can be driven on at speeds of up to 200 km / h.


Frecciarosa 2020: health and prevention travel by train

from Short railway of 30 September 2020

FS Group press release

“Covid-19 took us by surprise but the health emergency will not hinder the construction of the Frecciarosa, now in its tenth year of life. This year the Frecciarosa will reach virtually all of Italy, offering a more widespread and widespread service throughout the country. “, declares Adriana Bonifacino, President of IncontraDonna Onlus, a non-profit association on a voluntary basis aimed at women and men who wish to be informed correctly and adequately know a pathology of great social importance such as breast cancer. “Prevention cannot go into quarantine, it is the only weapon to stay healthy and to limit any damage where a disease is discovered”, explains Bonifacino.

Promoted by IncontraDonna Onlus and the FS Italiane Group – with the patronage of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Health and the participation of Farmindustria – the Frecciarosa initiative returns from 1 to 31 October celebrating its tenth edition.

The goal of the Frecciarosa campaign – presented today September 30 in Rome by Roberto Speranza, Minister of Health, Gianfranco Battisti, CEO of FS Italiane, Adriana Bonifacino, President of IncontraDonna Onlus, Enrica Giorgetti, General Manager of Farmindustria, and Giordano Beretta, President AIOM – is to disseminate information that is easy to consult for people, to disseminate prevention tips through breast and oncological consultations and to increase awareness of the importance of adopting correct lifestyles. The press conference opened with the video speech by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte who expressed his closeness to the initiative.

“In recent months, all of us have fully understood the importance of assuming responsible behavior and we have gained full awareness that our National Health Service is of fundamental value for the community”, says the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza. “This useful guide reminds us that prevention is the most effective medicine we have to combat the onset of certain pathologies, both by adopting correct lifestyles and by undergoing free screening programs offered by our local health care”.

“Ten years ago the first two pink-livered Arrows left the Roma Termini station for a journey that focused on women, their rights, their dignity, their health, their safety. it never stopped “, declares Gianfranco Battisti, CEO and General Manager of the FS Italiane Group. “In this 2020, which reminded us how much health and safety are essential values ​​and rights to be protected by all means, we confirm our support for Frecciarosa, which in ten years has reached, only on board the train through direct contacts, about 10 millions of people and allowed thousands of women and men to receive, on board or in the passenger lounges, medical information on correct lifestyles, increasing their culture of prevention. Today more than ever, in fact, social responsibility is a fundamental value for FS Italiane, which has always placed the person with their rights, potential and needs at the center of all attention, enhancing and including diversity “.

“Frecciarosa is now an essential annual appointment”, adds Adriana Bonifacino, President of IncontraDonna Onlus. “Despite the pandemic, IncontraDonna wanted to maintain this commitment with the Italian population. In fact, never before have our citizens the need to hear a friendly and professional voice who will be able to offer advice and suggestions regarding diseases that certainly cannot and should not be neglect to start with breast cancer “.

This year the novelties of the Frecciarosa are numerous. IncontraDonna Onlus and FS Italiane have decided to organize the tenth edition with alternative methods to the previous ones. The Frecciarosa Platform ( – created ad hoc for the month of October – becomes digital, transforming the campaign and transferring all traditional activities to online mode. A team of oncologists (specialists affiliated with IncontraDonna Onlus and senior and junior doctors of AIOM, the Italian Association of Medical Oncology) will be available to users for free live streaming consultations, in total safety and in compliance with privacy regulations. The service, aimed at everyone, will allow you to dialogue with doctors on prevention and health issues, but also to receive free specialist online advice.

Frecciarosa is an initiative that involves all age groups. It is an important opportunity to carry out activities and initiatives useful to promote the health of entire families by studying issues such as the prevention of breast cancer, colorectal cancer, ovary, lung, melanoma, HPV vaccination (Papilloma virus), but also healthy nutrition and physical activity.

Breast cancer – which registers 53,000 new cases per year – is a disease that has both physical and psychological consequences for women, and a strong impact both in the family and in the workplace. “For these reasons, it is essential to disseminate correct information on issues and topics with respect to which misinformation or false beliefs are often found, in an immediate and accessible language”, concludes Bonifacino of IncontraDonna Onlus.

The platform guarantees individual medical consultations in streaming with specialists in breast, oncology, gastroenterology, gynecology, psycho-oncology, nutrition, urology, dermatology, pulmonology, webinars and podcasts with specialists on the topics of prevention and health, simulation of events carried out remotely and live events such as dance, cooking, sport, make-up lessons. For those who are unable to book the teleconsultation online, it is possible to fill in a form and a team of oncologists will answer the questions. It is possible to reach the platform both from the IncontraDonna Onlus and Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane websites and through their official social channels.

Frecciarosa has achieved surprising results over the years. In the nine previous editions, about ten million Trenitalia travelers were intercepted, about 7 thousand consultations, visits and ultrasound scans offered free of charge and about 600 thousand copies of the Health Vademecum distributed in hard copy. Also this year a video shared with the Ministry of Health is scheduled for all Frecciarossa. The campaign will also be promoted through on-board monitors on the Frecce and regional trains throughout Italy. Moreover, all the FS Italiane Group media will metaphorically turn pink to promote prevention.

Press release FS Group – 30 September 2020

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Despite job cuts: DAX companies are looking for these qualifications


Bayer has currently advertised a total of around 300 vacancies in Germany.

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Düsseldorf Bayer has been reinventing itself for years: after many spin-offs and takeovers, the chemical company has become a pharmaceutical and at the same time the world’s largest seed manufacturer. Even before the corona crisis, Bayer had announced that it would cut a good 12,000 jobs worldwide by the end of 2021, 4,500 of them in Germany. Terminations for operational reasons are excluded until at least 2025.

In return, the group management promised investments of 1.5 to two billion euros by 2022 at their German locations. In addition, half of the funds earmarked for research and development worldwide will go to Germany. The total budget is around 23 billion euros.

In addition to digitization, the focus is on artificial intelligence and therapeutic drug classes. This should create 150 new jobs for highly qualified employees in Germany. Bayer has currently advertised a total of around 300 vacancies in Germany. We are looking for automation technicians, laboratory technicians, engineers and electronics technicians, among others.

Finding them is not easy. In order to make the Group attractive to the outside world, Bayer is relying on further training opportunities, particularly in digitalization, on flexible working hours and improvements in the remuneration structure and pensions.

Like Bayer, many companies are cutting their staff, but at the same time are desperately looking for qualified employees. BASF wants to cut at least 3,000 jobs in Germany, but currently has almost 400 vacancies, including for maintenance technicians and engineers.


The supplier Continental is planning to cut 13,000 jobs in Germany. Mainly because fewer internal combustion engines will be needed in the future. At the same time, Continental is looking for IT experts, researchers and developers as well as qualified employees with expertise in law and patents.

Even Lufthansa, whose business is under particular pressure in view of the pandemic because far fewer people are currently flying, is looking for employees – such as lawyers or specialists with knowledge of IT and software.

MTU, who started with a lot of euphoria, is cutting more than 1,000 jobs because of the slump in aviation. In view of the cost reductions and fleet cancellations at the airlines, the engine manufacturer is losing revenue. Nevertheless, according to CEO Reiner Winkler, MTU has “no interest in redundancies or redundancy plans”. In this way it should be possible to keep qualified employees.

SAP is at least partially making up for its shedding of around 1,000 jobs in Germany, which was announced before the corona crisis, by investing in Berlin. Europe’s largest software manufacturer is investing 200 million euros near Berlin’s main train station and leasing 30,000 square meters of space to build a campus. Around 450 new employees and a total of 1200 employees will research and program future projects there.

The shortage of skilled workers is not a phenomenon in individual sectors. In almost all areas, the unemployment rate of highly qualified workers was at such a low level before the crisis that economists in large parts of Germany spoke of full employment. Many companies are therefore likely to try to retain their employees in the sectors that have been particularly hard hit.

Bahn could employ up to 25,000 employees

According to the state development bank KfW, the shortage of qualified skilled workers and the associated falling productivity growth could mean that the German economy will stop growing in 20 years. Compared with the supply of skilled workers ten years ago, two thirds of the professions would have to be classified as shortage professions, says KfW chief economist Fritzi Köhler-Geib.

There are too few workers in construction and in digitization, but also in many medical professions. In many cases, it takes more than 160 days in these professions before a vacant position can be filled, which is 30 percent above the average.

Hardly any other group proves better than Volkswagen how close downsizing, structural change and reinventing each other and attitudes are. 30 billion euros will flow into electromobility over the next five years. This includes the complete rebuilding of the production structure including new production lines.

At the end of 2016, the group decided to cut 23,000 jobs in Germany – combined with the assessment that fewer employees would be needed to manufacture electric cars. In the years that followed, there were further downsizing programs for several thousand jobs. In return, however, 9,000 new jobs will be created in the areas of software and digitization.

There is also that in the economically deep red Corona times: In the first half of the year, Deutsche Bahn said that it accepted a position for around 19,000 applicants. She believes that she is well on the way to achieving her goal of 25,000 new hires this year. That would be a little more than the 24,000 from last year.

In maintenance in particular, the demand remains high. After deducting those who leave the railway year after year, in 2020, as in the previous year, there will be an increase of around 8,000 employees. And that in times when the number of passengers has collapsed, at least temporarily, and the group is accounting for losses. Deutsche Bahn still wants to stick to its settings. The federal government makes this possible. As the owner, he drives billions every year. It is likely to be more than less in the future.

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