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  1. 11 August 2020

    Key fig­ures: up­date

    The protective shield to manage the coronavirus pandemic is the largest assistance package in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany. The package ensures that targeted assistance is quickly provided to those who need it. Assistance totalling €69.4bn has already been approved (as of 15 September 2020).

  2. 17 April 2020

    Im­me­di­ate As­sis­tance Pro­gramme and Eco­nom­ic Sta­bil­i­sa­tion Fund

    Financial assistance to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic: You can find up-to-date information here on various types of financial assistance for employees, freelancers, self-employed individuals and companies of all sizes.

  3. 6 April 2020

    Ger­man gov­ern­ment adopts more ex­ten­sive Quick Loan Pro­gramme

    In light of the challenges posed by the coronavirus crisis, the German government is launching an additional extensive programme to its protective shield for small and medium-sized businesses. Based on the modified Temporary Framework for state aid measures published on 3 April 2020 by the European Commission, the German government is now introducing a comprehensive Quick Loan Programme (KfW-Schnellkredit) for small and medium-sized businesses. The programme will be run by the government-owned promotional bank KfW.

  4. 1 April 2020

    Coro­n­avirus: im­me­di­ate fed­er­al eco­nom­ic as­sis­tance now avail­able

    Implementation of the federal scheme now ready in the German Länder

  5. 1 April 2020

    Ger­many adopts the largest as­sis­tance pack­age in its his­to­ry

    The global spread of the coronavirus presents Germany with unprecedented challenges. The German government is putting into place an assistance package of historic proportions. The measures contained in this protective shield aim to protect people’s health, to safeguard jobs, to support companies, and to maintain social cohesion.

  6. 27 March 2020

    FAQs: Multi­bil­lion-eu­ro pro­tec­tive shield for Ger­many

    The German government is taking swift action to combat the coronavirus crisis by providing comprehensive assistance programmes and adopting decisive economic and fiscal policy measures. What kind of assistance is available? You can find answers to the most important questions here.

  7. 23 March 2020

    Ad­di­tion­al KfW Spe­cial Pro­gramme 2020 for the econ­o­my to be launched to­day

    Businesses will be provided with additional support and may submit applications as of now. KfW will assume up to 90 per cent of the risks and cut interest rates.

  8. 23 March 2020

    Ger­man gov­ern­ment an­nounces €50 bil­lion in emer­gen­cy aid for small busi­ness­es

    Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier today unveiled a comprehensive package of additional measures, including up to €50 billion for small businesses, self-employed individuals, and members of the liberal professions.

  9. Com­pen­sa­tion for short-time work

    The German government is expanding its short-time work scheme (Kurzarbeit), which provides compensation to certain workers whose working hours have to be reduced. The aim is to provide fast, targeted help if businesses experience work shortages during the coronavirus pandemic. Applications for the short-time work scheme are filed by companies, not by their employees. Access to this benefit is being granted with retroactive effect from 1 March 2020. This means that businesses can apply for access to the scheme now.