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Europe 50th Franco-German Economic and Financial Council

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Fiscal and budgetary policy Benchmark figures for the 2020 federal budget and the financial plan …

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Ministry Christmas message from Olaf Scholz

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Citizens’ Dialogue on the Future of Europe

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Priority Issues Climate-friendly tax legislation

Now that the Ger­man gov­ern­ment has launched the Cli­mate Ac­tion Pro­gramme 2030, it’s time to im­ple­ment the pro­pos­als con­tained in the cli­mate pack­age. The Ger­man Fi­nance Min­istry is work­ing to make tax leg­is­la­tion more cli­mate-friend­ly so as to al­ter the way we think about mo­bil­i­ty and en­er­gy and bring about a change of di­rec­tion in these ar­eas.

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Europe Doorstep by Olaf Scholz prior to the ECOFIN meeting

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Europe Doorstep by Olaf Scholz: Informal ECOFIN in Berlin 11-12 September …

In­for­mal ECOFIN Meet­ing 11/12 Septem­ber, Berlin.

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Europe ECOFIN bear of Germany’s EU Council Presidency

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Europe Eurogroup and ECOFIN Council meetings in March 2019

At the meet­ing of Eu­ro­pean fi­nance min­is­ters in Brus­sels on 11-12 March 2019, im­por­tant progress was made dur­ing dis­cus­sions on a eu­ro­zone bud­get, tax­a­tion of large dig­i­tal com­pa­nies and fair tax­a­tion around the world, on the ba­sis of Fran­co-Ger­man pro­pos­als. The po­lit­i­cal stale­mate re­gard­ing the is­sue of a fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tion tax was al­so bro­ken thanks to a Fran­co-Ger­man ini­tia­tive.

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Europe Eurogroup and ECOFIN in July 2018

The pres­i­den­cy of the Coun­cil of the EU ro­tates among the mem­ber states ev­ery six months. In Ju­ly 2018, Aus­tria took up the pres­i­den­cy as sched­uled, pre­sent­ing its pro­gramme to the EU fi­nance min­is­ters at the ECOFIN meet­ing in Brus­sels on 13 Ju­ly. For the Eu­rogroup meet­ing on 12 Ju­ly, items on the agen­da in­clud­ed fur­ther steps to de­vel­op the mon­e­tary union, as well as an anal­y­sis of the eu­ro area’s cur­rent eco­nom­ic and bud­getary sit­u­a­tion.

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Europe Eurogroup and ECOFIN in May 2018

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Europe Eurogroup and ECOFIN meetings in December 2018

Once again, there were many im­por­tant is­sues on the agen­da when Eu­ro­pean fi­nance min­is­ters con­vened in Brus­sels for their last meet­ings of 2018. Re­form of the eu­ro­zone is mak­ing good progress, in the form of fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of the bank­ing union, the es­tab­lish­ment of a Eu­ro­pean Mon­e­tary Fund and the de­ci­sion re­gard­ing a com­mon bud­get. The min­is­ters al­so dis­cussed the Fran­co-Ger­man pro­pos­al for the in­tro­duc­tion of a dig­i­tal tax and adopt­ed an ac­tion plan for com­bat­ing mon­ey laun­der­ing and ter­ror­ism fi­nanc­ing.

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