Climate action "Climate policy will shape all policy areas"
On 18 October 2019, Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz gave a speech on climate policy at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington on the sidelines of the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank Group in Washington. He made the points that coordinated action against climate change will be the defining issue for foreign policy and that it will become a business opportunity.
Public Finances 27th Subsidy Report 2017–2020
The German government’s work is based on transparency and facts. In line with this approach, the Finance Ministry presented the government’s 27th Subsidy Report to the federal cabinet on 6 November 2019. Climate action is an important priority for government subsidies, with the majority of federal financial assistance going to environmental and climate-related measures. Other current funding …
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.
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 …
This brochure provides a chronological overview of the compensation and restitution measures that have been adopted by Germany from the end of the Second World War up to the year 2020.
Many of the measures listed are accompanied by a brief description. Sources are also provided in order to facilitate more in-depth research.
Monthly report April 2017 monthly report
The translated abstract of the Federal Ministry of Finance’s April 2017 monthly report contains updated information on general government tax revenue and tables relating to the federal budget and fiscal policy. In our April edition of the monthly report’s abstract we also provide additional information on the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting that took place in …
Monthly report April 2018 monthly report
The translated abstract of the Federal Ministry of Finance's monthly report contains updated information relating to the federal budget and fiscal policy as well as important events on the fiscal policy calendar. The German version of the April monthly report features a summary of the German Stability Programme 2018, facts and figures about the work of the German Customs in the year 2017 and …
technical_papers Asylum and refugee policy: the role of the federal budget
The special challenges arising from the refugee crisis in 2015 and 2016 were dealt with at the general government level. Germany’s federal system requires all levels of government to face up to their responsibilities. While approximately €21.7bn were earmarked for asylum-related expenditures in 2016, expenditures are expected to amount to approximately €21.3bn in 2017. But, to quote what …
Monthly report August 2017 monthly report
The translated abstract of the Federal Ministry of Finance’s August 2017 monthly report contains updated information and tables relating to the federal budget and fiscal policy as well as important events on the fiscal policy calendar. The August 2017 edition also provides an article on the IMF’s Article IV consultation with Germany, which confirmed that the country is in good shape.
Monthly report August 2018 monthly report
The August edition of the Finance Ministry’s monthly report offers an insight into current Franco-German cooperation, not only at the government level, but also at the working level of the two finance ministries. We also report on the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s third annual meeting, which was held in Mumbai, and present a successful example of digital innovation in the form of …