Financial Markets

Ger­man gov­ern­ment adopts blockchain strat­e­gy

The German government has adopted a new blockchain strategy. This makes Germany one of the first countries to unveil a blueprint for taking advantage of the opportunities that blockchain technology offers and for harnessing its potential to advance digital transformation.

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12 June 2020

Fran­co-Ger­man Fis­cal Pol­i­cy Sem­i­nar 2020

For the first time, the Fiscal Policy Seminar will take place on 8-9 October 2020 as a joint Franco-German event. We are looking for research papers that present new and innovative ideas. This year’s topic: “Economic lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic – first findings”. We are now accepting submissions. An independent jury will choose the best papers from the entries received. The selected authors will be invited to present and discuss their ideas at the Federal Ministry of Finance in Berlin. As every year, the best contribution will receive the "Best Paper Award" and be awarded a prize of 5,000 euros.

22 May 2020

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.

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.

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.

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.