The Economy

Long-term and continuous economic growth on the basis of the Social Market Economy - that is the clear principle for the Federal Government's economic policy. A growing economy ensures social prosperity and safeguards future opportunities.


An affordable, secure and environmentally friendly energy supply is a prerequisite for growth and employment. The Ministry is backing up the restructuring of the energy supply towards more renewables and supports measures to save resources.


New technologies and innovation are the key to the economic success, prosperity and jobs of tomorrow. A pro-innovation policy environment and the promotion of research and development help German companies facing international competition.


Global competitiveness, prosperity and social cohesion are only possible in a united Europe. The Ministry shapes and coordinates Germany's European policy and makes sure that Germany speaks with a strong voice in Europe.

Foreign Trade

Exports and foreign trade are important pillars of the German economy. External economic policy aims to create a better international environment for German companies and to help businesses open up new markets abroad.


Tourism is an important economic factor - also in Germany. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is committed to creating favourable framework conditions for tourism - in Germany, throughout the EU and worldwide.

Tackling the Skills Shortage

Skilled professionals are the key to innovation, growth and jobs. Securing a sufficient supply of skilled labour will be one of the most important challenges for Germany in the decades to come.