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  1. 8 July 2020

    Olaf Scholz: To­geth­er for Eu­rope’s re­cov­ery

    In different European newspapers – Le Figaro, La Repubblica, El Pais, Ta Nea, Expresso, Gazeta Wyborcza, Le Soir and Die Welt – Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz outlined the main challenges and most important tasks of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

  2. 1 July 2020

    Ger­many’s Pres­i­den­cy of the Coun­cil of the Eu­ro­pean Union 2020

    On 1 July 2020, Germany took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months. Our website provides an overview of the Finance Ministry’s policy priorities during the presidency, along with key dates and events. We also provide easy-to-understand explanations of fiscal policy terms.

  3. 22 June 2020

    Olaf Scholz: Vir­tu­al keynote speech for the Frank­furt Fi­nance Sum­mit

    In his virtual keynote address at the opening of the 2020 Frankfurt Finance Summit, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz speaks about Germany's effective crisis support programme & emphasises the importance of a strong European response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  4. 17 March 2020

    Eu­rogroup state­ment on COVID-19 eco­nom­ic pol­i­cy re­sponse

    On 16 March 2020, the Eurogroup held a discussion with non-euro area members on how to respond to the extraordinary human and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus. This discussion followed up on the video conference of 10 March 2020 between European Council members, the ECB President, the Eurogroup President and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

  5. 16 October 2019

    Fran­co-Ger­man Min­is­te­ri­al Coun­cil: new roadmap on eco­nom­ic and fi­nan­cial co­op­er­a­tion

    On 16 October 2019, Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz participated in the Franco-German Ministerial Council in Toulouse, France. The French and German ministries of finance and economic affairs agreed on a new roadmap on economic and financial issues, with a special focus on exploring bilateral cooperation and developing common positions at the EU level.

  6. 9 October 2019

    De­vel­op­ing the Cap­i­tal Mar­kets Union

    Olaf Scholz, German Finance Minister, Wopke Hoekstra, Minister of Finance of the Netherlands and Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy and Finance of France, received the “Savings and Sustainable Investment Union” report by the Next Capital Markets Union High-Level Group on 9 October 2019. They thanked the Next CMU Group for their high-quality work and welcome the ambitious recommendations in a joint press statement that you can find here.

  7. 26 September 2019

    Brex­it and Cus­toms

    In the event of a no-deal Brexit, the UK will be treated as a third country, which will have a significant impact on the movement of goods between the UK and the EU. Although the resulting re-introduction of customs duties, formalities and controls would add significant procedural hurdles to trade with the UK, the German government and the German customs administration are carefully preparing for this scenario.

  8. 19 September 2019

    50th Fran­co-Ger­man Eco­nom­ic and Fi­nan­cial Coun­cil

    The 50th Franco-German financial and economic council was held in Paris on 19 September 2019. German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, German Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier and their French counterpart Bruno Le Maire agreed to deliver a strategy for growth, strengthen the euro area, launch joint industry projects and protect the EU’s sovereignty over trade policy. The fight against climate change is a priority for both countries.