Public finances Provisional closure of the 2018 federal budget
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 …
Public finances 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 …
Today the federal cabinet has approved the draft supplementary federal budget for 2020 and the draft budget for the Energy and Climate Fund for 2020. Today’s decision has created the budgetary conditions for rapid implementation of the Climate Action Programme agreed by the German government on 25 September 2019.
Public Finances Spending reviews in the federal budget
Since 2015, the German government has included annual spending reviews in its top-down procedure for preparing the federal budget. Spending reviews analyse revenues and expenditures in selected policy areas, with the aim of giving the budget preparation procedure a stronger focus on content and enhancing the outcome orientation of the allocated budget funds. They help to improve the structure of …
Public finances The cabinet makes social cohesion and modernisation priorities
On 20 March 2019, the federal cabinet adopted the benchmark figures for the 2020 federal budget and the financial plan to 2023. The government is planning record-level investments, the biggest tax cuts in over 10 years as well as comprehensive measures to boost social cohesion, ensuring that everyone in the country benefits from Germany’s economic success.