Wirtschaftstag 2024: A Crucial Moment for Germany and Europe

An insight view, by Jochen Werne

The Wirtschaftstag 2024, held on June 11 and 12 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Berlin, brought together high-profile speakers from business and politics. Germany stands at a crossroads, and now more than ever, bold market-economy ideas are needed for a strong Germany and Europe. The Social Market Economy is a centennial idea, inviting all who cherish freedom, believe in the creativity and inventiveness of citizens, respect property, and strive for performance and equal opportunity with social balance. However, the 75-year history of the Social Market Economy is also a constant battle to defend, maintain, and shape the economic order.

In this context, strong signals of shared responsibility from both business and politics are crucial to keeping the economy on track. These impulses have been set at the Wirtschaftstag 2024.

Key Highlights and The Role of Experian at Wirtschaftstag 2024

At Experian DACH, we were delighted to participate in this important event. As a subject matter expert in data and data insights, Experian played a significant role in the panel discussion on “Digitalization and AI – Transformation Opportunities for Business and Politics”. This participation underscores our commitment to leveraging data analytics to drive digital transformation, benefiting both businesses and society.

The esteemed panel participants were: Dr. Volker Wissing (Minister for Digital & Transport – MdB), Jochen Werne (CEO Experian DACH), Prof. Dr. Kristina Sinemus (Minister for Digital & Innovation, State Hesse – MdL), Petra Justenhoven (Speaker of the Board, PWC Germany) Marcel de Groot (CEO Vodafone Germany), Dr. Wolfgang Dierker (Managing Director Microsoft Germany), Hui Zhang (Managing Director NIO Europe), Carola Wahl (CEO DACH Nexi Group)

“We’re thrilled to make a joint contribution to the digital transformation journey and thereby strengthen Germany as a business location. We sincerely thank the Economic Council for this great opportunity!”

Jochen Werne, CEO Experian DACH

Perspectives and Gratitudes

A heartfelt gratitude has to go to to the organizers at the Wirtschaftsrat, especially Astrid Hamker and Wolfgang Steiger, for their dedication and leadership. Their efforts were instrumental in making Wirtschaftstag 2024 a resounding success and bringing together distinguished speakers as Friedrich Merz, MdB, Robert Habeck, MdB, Christian Lindner, MdB, Boris Pistorius, Bettina Stark-Watzinger, MdB, Dr. Volker Wissing, MdB, Dr. Marco Buschmann, MdB, Omid Nouripour, MdB, Dr. Carsten Linnemann, MdB, Alexander Dobrindt, MdB, Christian Sewing, René Obermann, Dr. Jens Weidmann

The international perspective was enriched by contributions from: Milojko Spajić, Prime Minister of Montenegro, Prof. Dr. Martin Kocher, Federal Minister for Labour and Economy of Austria, Aušrinė Armonaitė, Minister of Economy and Innovation of Lithuania

Personal Reflections

As I reflect on the Wirtschaftstag 2024, I am filled with a profound sense of gratitude and optimism. This year’s event, coming shortly after the European elections, carried a special significance. It served as a powerful signal of unity and forward-thinking, bringing together leaders from across the business and political spectrum to focus on the critical tasks ahead for a strong Germany and Europe.

A Platform for Meaningful Dialogue

The Wirtschaftstag 2024 was not just another event; it was the one of the largest Business and Politics gatherings in Germany. It provided an unparalleled platform for high-profile thought leaders and decision-makers to discuss and develop actionable recommendations for the future. The timing added an extra layer of importance, highlighting the need for bold market-economic ideas to secure the economic strength of Germany and the European continent.

The two days at the #Wirtschaftstag 2024 in Berlin have been a tremendous success, also for Experian. Engaging with high-profile participants from leading organizations and decision-makers from Germany’s business and political sectors has been truly inspiring.

Looking Forward

2024 marks several significant milestones: 75 years of the Grundgesetz and the Social Market Economy, over 30 years of the European Single Market, and the dawn of a new legislative period for the EU Parliament and Commission. These next few years will be crucial for the future competitiveness and viability of Europe.

I’m sure we all look forward to continuing this important dialogue and working together towards a prosperous future for Europe and beyond.