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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.

To­wards a sus­tained up­swing in pub­lic in­vest­ment?

General-government spending is on a buoyant upwards trend – mainly thanks to measures taken by the Federation. Investment spending within the federal budget is up, and Länder and local authorities can boost their investments thanks to financial relief from the Federation.

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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.

4 July 2017

Draft 2018 budget and financial plan to 2021: no new debt, more investment, preparing well for the future

On 28 June 2017 the federal cabinet adopted the government draft for the 2018 federal budget and the financial plan to 2021. No new debt is envisaged for any of the years covered by the financial plan. Federal expenditure in the years up to 2021 is set to rise at a moderate pace, from €329.1bn in 2017 to a projected €356.8bn in 2021. In particular, federal spending in forward-looking, growth-enhancing policy areas will be further increased.

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