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The Ministry analyses economic trends and government finances, and has lead responsibility within the government in planning and preparing the federal government’s budget.

Draft 2019 bud­get and fi­nan­cial plan to 2022: for­ward-look­ing, fair and re­spon­si­ble

On 6 July 2018, Germany’s federal cabinet adopted the government draft for the 2019 federal budget and the financial plan to 2022. The budget and financial plan reflect a fiscal policy that is forward-looking, fair and responsible: The German government is giving a major boost to investment in the country’s future, adopting an extensive range of measures to enhance social equity, safeguarding internal security, ensuring order on the labour market, and taking international responsibility.

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  • Ger­man draft bud­getary plan 2019

    Germany’s 2019 draft budgetary plan presents the fiscal projections for the budgets of the Federation, Länder, local authorities and social security funds (including their off-budget entities) on the basis of current trends and planning.

  • Budget and Financial Data

    The Finance Ministry provides monthly updates covering trends in the federal budget, credit resources, general government tax revenues and guarantees.

  • Fed­er­al Bud­get Code

    Working translation of the Federal Budget Code (Bundeshaltsordnung), the legislation which contains the core provision’s concerning the Federation’s budget law.


13 November 2018

A modern budget for Europe

The European Union needs a budget that is modern and future-proof. Against the backdrop of current challenges and Brexit, the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework needs a new focus. Negotiations are currently underway. The German Finance Ministry basically supports the European Commission’s proposals, but believes that they do not go far enough. Germany is in favour of a more far-reaching modernisation of the budget.

2 July 2018

The EU’s 2018 Ageing Report and the outlook for Germany

The analysis of the European Union’s latest Ageing Report provided in the Finance Ministry’s June 2018 monthly report shows that the long-term sustainability of public finances in the EU member states continues to face major challenges as a result of demographic change. Germany is disproportionately affected by increases in age-related spending.

18 April 2018

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 Stability and Growth Pact.

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