Financial markets FATF Ministers commit to take decisive action against money laundering
Under German chairmanship the Ministers of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) members committed to take swift and decisive action to improve the effectiveness of measures to fight money laundering, terrorist and proliferation financing at their meeting in Washington D.C. today. This includes promptly implementing the FATF’s global beneficial ownership rules, which were strengthened earlier …
Financial markets Scholz welcomes IMF’s historic decision
German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz commented: “Yesterday evening we decided at the International Monetary Fund, the IMF, to increase what are known as special drawing rights by US$650bn. This is historically unprecedented. It is the right, appropriate response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The new SDRs allow the international community to create additional liquidity and thereby foster the stability …
On 20 April 2021, the German government published the first allocation report for its Green Federal securities issued in 2020. The “Green Bond Allocation Report 2020” provides investors with transparent and binding information on expenditures from the federal government’s environmental and climate protection programmes. It lists expenditures recognised as “green” in the 2019 federal budget and …
Climate action European Sustainable Finance Summit
As the European Sustainable Finance Summit gets underway, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and Environment Minister Svenja Schulze are calling on European companies to invest more in sustainable economic activities. The first survey, published today, on applying the EU taxonomy shows that just 2% of companies’ activities by revenue meet the taxonomy’s level of ambition for climate action and …
Federal property Principles of Good Corporate Governance
Part I: The Federation’s Public Corporate Governance Code
Part II: Guidelines for active management of companies in which the Federation has a holding
Climate action Germany to issue Green German Federal Securities from 2020
The Federal Republic of Germany is publishing its first framework for Green German Federal Securities today. The aim of these securities is to make Germany’s “green” budget spending transparent while also strengthening the country’s position in the area of sustainable finance. As a benchmark issuer for the euro area, the German federal government will offer different maturities, establish a …
German government activates the Economic Stabilisation Fund
Financial markets German government adopts blockchain strategy
The federal cabinet today adopted a comprehensive blockchain strategy developed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF) in consultation with other ministries.
Financial markets TIBER-DE enhances the security of the German financial system
The Federal Ministry of Finance and the German Bundesbank have decided to implement TIBER-DE, a new programme that will strengthen the resilience of the entire financial system to cyber attacks.
Climate action Sustainable Finance Committee takes up work
The German government created a Sustainable Finance Committee on 6 June 2019. The Committee’s purpose is to advise the German government as it drafts and implements a sustainable finance strategy, as well as to pool existing expertise and foster dialogue between the relevant players.