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Coronavirus assistance programmes

The German government’s coronavirus assistance programmes are adjusted and expanded on an ongoing basis. The most comprehensive financial aid measures in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany are stabilising the economy, helping employees, self-employed people and companies weather the crisis, and strengthening the health care system.

Coronavirus Support for companies with the Temporary Aid Programme (Überbrückungshilfe)

Com­pa­nies that have been es­pe­cial­ly hard hit by the Covid-19 pan­dem­ic are pro­vid­ed with com­pre­hen­sive eco­nom­ic as­sis­tance. While the Third Tem­po­rary Aid Pro­gramme Plus pro­vides tar­get­ed funds, the Fresh Start As­sis­tance Plus (Neustarthil­fe Plus) pro­gramme helps self-em­ployed in­di­vid­u­als hit the ground run­ning af­ter the worst of the cri­sis.


Coronavirus A stimulus package for everyone in Germany

The Covid-19 pan­dem­ic is one of the great­est chal­lenges in the his­to­ry of the Fed­er­al Re­pub­lic of Ger­many – pri­mar­i­ly as a health is­sue, but al­so as an eco­nom­ic chal­lenge. The Ger­man gov­ern­ment is tack­ling this his­toric task head on with an un­prece­dent­ed eco­nom­ic stim­u­lus pack­age.


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The first round of coronavirus assistance programmes

Coronavirus Combating the coronavirus: Germany adopts the largest assistance package in its history

The glob­al spread of the coro­n­avirus presents Ger­many with un­prece­dent­ed chal­lenges. The Ger­man gov­ern­ment is putting in­to place an as­sis­tance pack­age of his­toric pro­por­tions. The mea­sures con­tained in this pro­tec­tive shield aim to pro­tect peo­ple’s health, to safe­guard jobs, to sup­port com­pa­nies, and to main­tain so­cial co­he­sion.


Coronavirus For jobs and the economy: Immediate Assistance Programme and Economic Stabilisation Fund

Fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to mit­i­gate the ef­fects of the coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic: You can find up-to-date in­for­ma­tion here on var­i­ous types of fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for em­ploy­ees, free­lancers, self-em­ployed in­di­vid­u­als and com­pa­nies of all sizes.


Coronavirus Tax measures to assist all businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic

The Ger­man gov­ern­ment is adopt­ing a se­ries of tax mea­sures to sup­port busi­ness­es of all sizes dur­ing the coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic. In co­or­di­na­tion with the high­est rev­enue au­thor­i­ties of the Ger­man Län­der, the Fed­er­al Min­istry of Fi­nance has agreed to the swift im­ple­men­ta­tion of tax re­lief mea­sures for free­lancers, self-em­ployed in­di­vid­u­als and oth­er en­trepreneurs.


Coronavirus Protective shield to manage the coronavirus pandemic: Compensation for short-time work

The Ger­man gov­ern­ment is ex­pand­ing its short-time work scheme (Kurzarbeit), which pro­vides com­pen­sa­tion to cer­tain work­ers whose work­ing hours have to be re­duced. The aim is to pro­vide fast, tar­get­ed help if busi­ness­es ex­pe­ri­ence work short­ages dur­ing the coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic.


Coronavirus Eu­rogroup state­ment on COVID-19 eco­nom­ic pol­i­cy re­sponse

Fol­low­ing up on the video­con­fer­ence on 10 March 2020 be­tween Eu­ro­pean Coun­cil Mem­bers, as well as the ECB Pres­i­dent, the Eu­rogroup Pres­i­dent and the High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, the Eu­rogroup held an in-depth dis­cus­sion on 16 March 2020, to­geth­er with non-Eu­ro Area Mem­bers, on how to re­spond to the ex­traor­di­nary hu­man and eco­nom­ic cri­sis caused by the Coro­na virus.


Coronavirus FAQs: Multibillion-euro protective shield for Germany

The Ger­man gov­ern­ment is tak­ing swift ac­tion to com­bat the coro­n­avirus cri­sis by pro­vid­ing com­pre­hen­sive as­sis­tance pro­grammes and adopt­ing de­ci­sive eco­nom­ic and fis­cal pol­i­cy mea­sures. What kind of as­sis­tance is avail­able? You can find an­swers to the most im­por­tant ques­tions here.


Coronavirus Overview of the first round of coronavirus assistance programmes

Our charts pro­vide an overview of the first round of coro­n­avirus as­sis­tance pro­grammes.