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Joint statement by Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser and Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer

There was agreement on the point that the structural transformation in the energy sector and the digital transformation of industry present major challenges – not only for companies but also for all people and institutions in Germany. Nevertheless, Joe Kaeser and Michael Kretschmer expressed their conviction that the benefits outweigh the downside when the opportunities associated with this structural change are used decisively. However, the prerequisite for successful implementation is a joint dialogue about the future between political leaders – such as the German federal government and states and the EU – and the business, scientific and labor communities as well as civil society. Siemens has agreed to play an active role and to make a contribution – also as part of its social responsibility.
Regarding the Görlitz location, Joe Kaeser repeated his willingness to examine – together with representatives of the German federal government and the government of the German state of Saxony – all options in order to provide prospects for the people and the entire region. This also includes the possibility of establishing a future fund that could be used to help shape the digital transformation.
Joe Kaeser reiterated his invitation to the employee representatives to work together in seeking solutions for the affected employees. Kaeser and Kretschmer emphasized that solutions-oriented negotiations must now begin immediately. It was agreed to continue the dialogue with the state government of Saxony within the framework of the joint efforts.

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Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2017, which ended on September 30, 2017, Siemens generated revenue of €83.0 billion and net income of €6.2 billion. At the end of September 2017, the company had around 377,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at
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