Public finances A budget policy with clear priorities
On 26 June 2019, Germany’s federal cabinet adopted the government draft for the 2020 federal budget and the financial plan to 2023. The German government is focusing on the right areas to ensure that Germany can look forward to a successful future.
Coronavirus A protective shield for employees and companies
On 13 March 2020, Germany’s Finance Ministry and Economic Affairs Ministry jointly unveiled an assistance programme and tax policy measures totalling billions of euros. The two ministries agreed on an extensive package of measures to protect jobs and to protect businesses of all sizes in all sectors. The aim is to ensure that Germany’s health care system and economy are financially equipped to …
Climate action German government’s future-oriented subsidy policy
Das Bundeskabinett hat heute den Bericht der Bundesregierung über die Entwicklung der Finanzhilfen des Bundes und der Steuervergünstigungen für die Jahre 2019 bis 2022 beschlossen. Der 28. Subventionsbericht macht deutlich: Die Subventionspolitik ist zentraler Bestandteil der zukunftsorientierten Finanzpolitik der Bundesregierung. Durch eine klare inhaltliche Schwerpunktsetzung geben die …
On 6 July 2018, Germany’s federal cabinet adopted the government draft for the 2019 federal budget and the financial plan to 2022.
Coronavirus Emerging from the crisis with full strength
VAT in Germany will be reduced for a temporary period starting on 1 July 2020. The German Bundestag and Bundesrat have passed the Coronavirus Tax Assistance Act, which implements key parts of Germany’s unprecedented stimulus package. On top of the reduced VAT rate, measures include a bonus for families with children as well as extensive tax relief for single parents, businesses and other …
Public finances Emerging from the crisis with sound fiscal policy and optimism
The federal cabinet today adopted the government draft for the 2022 federal budget and the fiscal plan to 2025. The German government is continuing to pursue a decisive fiscal policy that includes large-scale assistance measures and record investment levels. In addition, the numbers show that the federal government is in good fiscal shape. Germany’s debt ratio is far lower than projected and …
Public finances Federal government and Länder support flood-hit regions
Germany’s federal cabinet today adopted a draft text proposed by the Finance Ministry and the Interior Ministry for the establishment of a special flood relief fund and amending other laws (2021 Reconstruction Aid Act (Aufbauhilfegesetz 2021)). In this way, the federal government is continuing its committed assistance aimed at supporting the German regions particularly affected by flooding and …
Public finances German government adopts supplementary budget for 2020
German government adopts supplementary budget for 2020
Public Finances Financial Times interview with Olaf Scholz
In an interview with the Financial Times, German finance minister and vice chancellor Olaf Scholz speaks about current issues. Focusing on the federal budget, he also outlines the prospects for Brexit. He emphasises the importance of a balanced budget without new debt whilst taking account of the need for “social cohesion” and the importance of the welfare state.
Public finances German government adopts extensive assistance package for regions affected by floods
Germany’s federal cabinet today approved financial support measures to provide immediate and unbureaucratic assistance to regions affected by recent floods. The federal government will provide an initial €200m to cover half of the costs of immediate assistance measures launched by the Länder. In addition, it will contribute financially to a comprehensive recovery programme.