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  1. 9 October 2019

    De­vel­op­ing the Cap­i­tal Mar­kets Union

    Olaf Scholz, German Finance Minister, Wopke Hoekstra, Minister of Finance of the Netherlands and Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy and Finance of France, received the “Savings and Sustainable Investment Union” report by the Next Capital Markets Union High-Level Group on 9 October 2019. They thanked the Next CMU Group for their high-quality work and welcome the ambitious recommendations in a joint press statement that you can find here.

  2. 8 October 2019

    Fis­cal Pol­i­cy Sem­i­nar 2019

    The second Fiscal Policy Seminar took place on 7-8 October 2019 at the Federal Ministry of Finance: 65 science and policy experts from twelve countries attended the seminar, titled “Analysing developments in savings, investments and interest rates – reassessing the role of fiscal policies for growth and stabilisation”. They analysed the developments of savings, investments and interest and discussed conclusions on how to implement fair fiscal policies.

  3. 17 September 2019

    Joint State­ment on Li­bra

    At the meeting of eurozone finance ministers in Helsinki on 13 September 2019, Germany and France issued a joint statement on the digital currency Libra. Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz and his French counterpart Bruno Le Maire oppose Facebook’s digital currency. They consider that the Libra project fails to convince that risks will be properly addressed.

  4. 16 September 2019

    New mea­sures to fur­ther en­hance in­vestor pro­tec­tion

    The Federal Ministry of Finance and the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection have agreed on a package of measures to enhance investor protection. The measures expand the scope of BaFin’s powers for the supervision of financial products and their distribution. Capital investments are now subject to even stricter requirements.

  5. 24 July 2019

    G7 meet­ing in Chan­til­ly: fo­cus on sta­ble­coins and in­ter­na­tion­al tax pol­i­cy

    At their meeting in Chantilly (France) on 17 and 18 July, the G7 finance ministers and central bank governors discussed the risks associated with stablecoins. They reiterated the importance of a fair international tax system and, for the first time, agreed on the introduction of a global minimum effective corporate tax as an explicit aim.

  6. 5 July 2019

    Cryp­to to­kens and dis­tribut­ed ledger tech­nol­o­gy – a fi­nan­cial mar­ket per­spec­tive

    Distributed ledger technology (DLT) is an emerging basic technology of the digital age. In order to address the challenges raised by this technology, the Federal Ministry of Finance is helping to create a national regulatory framework for crypto tokens with the aim of unlocking the potential of DLT and at the same time preventing misuse.

  7. 12 June 2019

    Joint com­mu­niqué: The Cap­i­tal Mar­kets Union work­ing group is tak­ing shape

    The high-level working group proposed jointly in May by Germany, the Netherlands and France is now taking shape. On 12 June 2019, the first members of the high-level working group were announced. The group’s analysis and recommendations – which will flow into the CMU roadmap – are to be delivered no later than 30 September 2019.

  8. 7 June 2019

    So­cial in­equal­i­ty and in­clu­sive growth

    Social inequality is a central subject in debates over economic and social policy. Along with inclusive growth, it has been on the G7 and G20 agenda for a number of years. In Germany, disposable income inequality is relatively low compared with other countries, even though the country performs less well when it comes to equality of wealth. The German government supports France’s initiative to make tackling inequality a key focus of its G7 presidency.

  9. 6 June 2019

    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.

  10. 27 May 2019

    Ger­man Fi­nan­cial Sta­bil­i­ty Com­mit­tee rec­om­mends ac­ti­vat­ing coun­ter­cycli­cal cap­i­tal buffer and re­leas­es sixth an­nu­al re­port

    In its meeting on 27 May 2019, the German Financial Stability Committee (G-FSC) decided to submit a recommendation to the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin). It is recommending to BaFin that the domestic countercyclical capital buffer (CCyB) be activated as from the third quarter of 2019 and lifted to 0.25%.