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  1. 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 taxpayers.

  2. 26 May 2015

    G7: Think Ahead. Act To­geth­er.

    Finance Ministry brochure about the issues for the G7 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Dresden: growth for present and future generations, well-functioning financial markets and enhancing cooperation in tax matters.

  3. 19 June 2017

    Is Ger­man pub­lic in­vest­ment head­ing for a sus­tained up­swing?

    General-government spending is on a buoyant upwards trend – mainly thanks to measures taken by the Federation. Investment spending within the federal budget is up, and Länder and local authorities can boost their investments thanks to financial relief from the Federation.

  4. 4 July 2017

    Draft 2018 bud­get and fi­nan­cial plan to 2021: no new debt, more in­vest­ment, prepar­ing well for the fu­ture

    On 28 June 2017 the federal cabinet adopted the government draft for the 2018 federal budget and the financial plan to 2021. No new debt is envisaged for any of the years covered by the financial plan. Federal expenditure in the years up to 2021 is set to rise at a moderate pace, from €329.1bn in 2017 to a projected €356.8bn in 2021. In particular, federal spending in forward-looking, growth-enhancing policy areas will be further increased.

  5. 18 April 2018

    Re­port on Ger­many’s pub­lic fi­nances sent to EU: Bud­get sur­plus­es amid a strong up­turn

    On 18 April 2018, the federal cabinet adopted the German Stability Programme for 2018. Germany will now send the programme to the European Commission and the ECOFIN Council, thereby fulfilling its obligations under EU rules to submit its medium-term fiscal plans to Brussels by the end of April each year. In the Stability Programme, Germany reports on its compliance with the requirements of the Stability and Growth Pact.

  6. 5 May 2018

    Ger­man Sta­bil­i­ty Pro­gramme - 2018

    The member states of the European Union submit their medium-term fiscal plans to the European Commission and to the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) by the end of April each year. To this end, in order to comply with the rules of the Stability and Growth Pact, member states of the euro area submit updated Stability Programmes, while all other EU member states submit updated Convergence Programmes. This update of the German Stability Programme was approved by the federal cabinet on 18. April 2018.

  7. 6 September 2018

    A memo­ri­al made of pa­per: pre­serv­ing the past, for the sake of the fu­ture

    The Federal Ministry of Finance has launched an initiative that aims to improve the links between the vast quantity of documents relating to the German government’s Wiedergutmachung (compensation and restitution) for crimes committed by the National Socialist regime and to make these records more accessible to victims, family members and researchers.

  8. 13 November 2018

    A mod­ern bud­get for Eu­rope

    The European Union needs a budget that is modern and future-proof. Against the backdrop of current challenges and Brexit, the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework needs a new focus. Negotiations are currently underway. The German Finance Ministry basically supports the European Commission’s proposals, but believes that they do not go far enough. Germany is in favour of a more far-reaching modernisation of the budget.

  9. 15 January 2019

    Pro­vi­sion­al clo­sure of the 2018 fed­er­al bud­get – well-man­aged bud­gets and record in­vest­ments

    On 15 January 2019, the Federal Ministry of Finance presented the provisional closure of the 2018 federal budget. It showed that budgets have been well-managed while investments reached record levels. The provisional data shows that the Federation achieved a structural surplus of roughly 0.15% of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018, thus meeting the requirements of Germany’s constitutional debt brake.

  10. 6 February 2019

    The Ger­man pub­lic sec­tor’s in-house con­sult­ing agen­cy marks ten years of growth and suc­cess

    Germany’s publicly owned consulting agency for the public sector celebrated its 10th anniversary on 11 November 2018. PD is the German public sector’s only in-house consulting agency that operates on a nationwide basis and at all levels of government. PD advises the public sector on projects aimed at (a) innovative and sustainable infrastructure and (b) the modernisation of administrative processes.