In order to continue to safeguard the viability of Germany’s economy, the government is strengthening private-sector and public-sector in Germany and Europe. Investment and innovations are key to higher competitiveness, lasting prosperity and a better quality of life. A modern, efficient infrastructure and investment in education, science and research form the basis for future growth.
More money for infrastructure – relieving the burden on municipalities
The investment in transport infrastructure has risen by more than 20 percent since the beginning of the legislative term, to €12.8 billion in 2017. The fact that the financial burden on the municipalities is being reduced by €22 billion (2013-2018) creates scope for them to invest. Of this amount, €3.5 billion is being passed via the Municipal Investment Promotion Fund to fiscally weak municipalities with the greatest need. Further to this, the Federal Government is helping the Länder and the municipalities to cope with the refugee situation by providing relief of almost €8.5 billion in 2016 and €6 billion in 2017. The funding being provided to the Länder for housing construction has also been topped up by a total of €5 billion up to 2020, and a total of €2.1 billion has been allocated to the broadband roll-out.
In the context of its investment strategy, the Federal Government has also taken further measures to lastingly boost investment activity during this legislative term: it has adopted two Acts to , with measures to improve the policy environment for venture capital and start-ups in Germany and to expand the promotional programmes for young businesses.