The planned merger would increase job security in the long run. As we become more competitive, more innovative and more successful, our market position will be strengthened and will support our further success. The resulting higher job security could not be achieved by either company independently. The gases business is a local business. For the vast majority of employees nothing will change because of the merger. Also, Linde AG will continue to exist after a merger. This means that the entitlement to co-determination in the workplace and the tried and tested system of representation on the Supervisory Board will remain intact.