Financial markets The Fintech Council as a successful mediator between the political and the practical
On 21 March, the Fintech Council convened for the first time with its new members at the German Ministry of Finance. The Council elected Christ Bartz as its new chair and adopted a position paper on regulating financial service providers’ use of cloud computing.
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 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 …
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.
Financial markets Sustainable finance
The COVID-19 pandemic and climate change highlight how important the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are to economic growth and financial market stability. SDG 3 aims to ensure healthy lives for all, while SDG 13 focuses on climate action.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …