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Im Folgenden finden Sie wichtige Informationen zur Corona-Pandemie in englischer Sprache.

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Measures to combat the impact of coronavirus on companies

For more than two years, since early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on small and medium-sized companies (SMEs), large corporations, own-account workers, and members of the free professions alike in Germany. In these unprecedented times, we know that enterprises and own-account workers still need help that is tailored to their specific needs.

To provide unbureaucratic aid, the Federal Government started within weeks a comprehensive plan with the following three packages of measures:

  • Stimulus and Crisis relief Package to contain the crisis support economic activities (with grants, special credit lines, tax measures, guarantees as well as equity capital), German States and young families and cushion economic and social hardship;
  • Future Package to promote Germany’s competitiveness in the green and digital transition and strengthen the health care system and the protection against pandemics;
  • Measures in the European Union and other international fora to meet international obligations and to assume Germany’s international responsibility (esp. increasing humanitarian assistance in the context of the “Compact with Africa”-initiative). The plan was completed by additional State programmes. It was adapted and extended several times to respond to the ongoing situation and to special needs. Many measures were linked to lockdowns or losses in turnover that were caused by the pandemic so that the volume of support was reduced automatically when the situation started to improve. The European Commission backed these national measures by a Temporary Framework that ends at the end of June 2022. Then all the measures that were based on the Stimulus and Crisis relief Package will end.

The table gives an overview of the most important support measures for businesses provided by the Federal Government. A description of the ongoing measures can be found here.

Eligible companies and workers can apply for Bridging Assistance via ueberbrueckungshilfe-unternehmen.de.

 

Press releases

  • 23.07.2021 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Application process for Bridging Assistance III Plus now open

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 16.07.2021 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    New Start Assistance Plus launched – applications can be submitted as of today

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 09.06.2021 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaft

    Federal Government extends Bridging Assistance until September

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 04.05.2021 - Pressemitteilung - Technologie und Innovation

    Ninety million euros of funding to be provided for production of vaccine vials

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 04.05.2021 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaft

    Federal Minister Altmaier talks with SME Advisory Board about current situation and fresh start after the crisis

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  • 28.05.2021 - Pressemitteilung - Handelspolitik

    Virtual meeting of the G7 Ministers of Trade on 27/28 May 2021

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  • 09.04.2021 - Pressemitteilung -

    Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy receives AstraZeneca vaccine

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  • 13.04.2021 - Pressemitteilung - Digitalisierung

    Board of Academic Advisors to the Economic Affairs Ministry publishes expertise on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic for digitisation in Germany

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  • 08.04.2021 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Minister Altmaier after consultations with business associations

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  • 19.04.2021 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Federal Government and commercial credit insurers agree on scheduled expiry of protective scheme for supply chains

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 12.03.2021 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Procedure for regular payments of Bridging Assistance III now underway

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 03.03.2021 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Large companies are now also eligible for Bridging Assistance III – €750 million turnover threshold has been lifted for sectors affected by the lockdown

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 27.02.2021 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    COVID-19 assistance for businesses – applications for large-scale economic assistance now possible

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 26.02.2021 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Minister Altmaier: "Advance payments of up to €800,000 are being made under Bridging Assistance III from today."

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  • 10.02.2021 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Application procedure for Bridging Assistance III has begun

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  • 05.02.2021 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft

    Short-term employees in the performing arts sector to receive New Start Assistance

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 05.02.2021 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    New improvements: Additional flexibility for November and December Assistance

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  • 02.02.2021 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Expanded EU State aid framework creates additional flexibility for Bridging Assistance II – Bridging Assistance II now able to be granted retroactively, even without statement of losses

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 01.02.2021 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Regular payments of exceptional business assistance for December now being made

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 28.01.2021 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Minister Altmaier says extended State aid framework is very good news for companies and employees

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 05.01.2021 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Advance payments for exceptional business aid for December now being made

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 15.12.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    New online platform pools data on the coronavirus crisis

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 11.12.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Guarantee banks: Extension of coronavirus assistance until 30 June 2021

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 04.12.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Mittelstandsfinanzierung

    We are continuing our assistance for start-ups and small enterprises – €2 billion package of measures extended

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 02.12.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Innovationsförderung

    Federal Government Commissioner Thomas Jarzombek: Social entrepreneurs to receive support tailored to their needs

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 27.11.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Defying the crisis: December Assistance Programme begins, Bridging Assistance Progrmame is significantly expanded and extended

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 26.11.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Federal Government strengthens the recapitalisation of small and medium-sized enterprises during the coronavirus crisis

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 12.11.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    November Assistance Programme: procedure for advance payment established

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 29.10.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Defying the crisis thanks to new coronavirus assistance

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 21.10.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Minister Altmaier: “We’re not abandoning our companies in the crisis.” – Bridging Assistance II can be applied for from today

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 19.10.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    To curb the spread of COVID-19: €500m for ventilation equipment in public buildings and places where people meet

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 14.10.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Innovationsförderung

    A vaccine project funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy develops a second generation COVID-19 vaccine

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 19.08.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Netze und Netzausbau

    Federal Government aims to prevent higher grid-use fees for electricity-intensive companies during the Covid-19 pandemic

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 29.07.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Mittelstandspolitik

    Minister Altmaier: ERP funding for SMEs allows us to support companies in handling the coronavirus pandemic

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 08.07.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftliche Entwicklung

    Launch of the Federal Government’s coronavirus bridging aid instrument

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 30.06.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Mittelstandsfinanzierung

    100 days of KfW coronavirus aid: Tens of thousands of companies benefit from federal support in tackling the impact of the pandemic

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  • 23.06.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Industrie 4.0

    Industrie 4.0 can help us overcome the crisis

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  • 15.06.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Europäische Wirtschaftspolitik

    EU Energy Ministers discuss energy sector’s role for economic recovery after the coronavirus crisis

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 15.06.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Federal Government to contribute 300 million euros to CureVac

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 15.06.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Europäische Wirtschaftspolitik

    Minister Altmaier stresses the important role of the EU Structural Funds for crisis management and cohesion in Europe

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 12.06.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Mittelstandspolitik

    Minister Altmaier: “The bridging assistance aims to get the SME engine running again”

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 12.06.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftliche Entwicklung

    Overcoming the coronavirus crisis – Federal Minister Altmaier: “Place the economy back on a path of sustainable growth as soon as possible”

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  • 09.06.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Handelspolitik

    Minister Altmaier: “Crisis shows vulnerability of global supply chains. We need a strong WTO to expand and diversify them.”

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  • 05.06.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Digitalisierung

    EU telecommunications ministers discuss policy priorities for digitalisation to tackle coronavirus crisis

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 05.06.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftliche Entwicklung

    Minister Altmaier: “We will boost the production capacity for nonwovens made in Germany”

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 29.05.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Innovationsförderung

    Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy expands funding for protective masks

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 29.05.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftliche Entwicklung

    Minister Altmaier: “A thriving social partnership is crucial to coping with the coronavirus crisis”

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 26.05.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Innovationspolitik

    Companies adjusting their R&D work during the crisis

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 26.05.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Allianz für Aus- und Weiterbildung

    Ensure reliable continuation of dual vocational training in the COVID-19 crisis

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 25.05.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Europäische Wirtschaftspolitik

    Federal Minister Altmaier discusses the priorities of the joint trio presidency of the EU Council with his Portuguese and Slovenian counterparts

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 20.05.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Tourismuswirtschaft

    Ministers for Tourism discuss framework for European trips during summer

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 19.05.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Europäische und internationale Energiepolitik

    Germany and the Netherlands sign a joint declaration of intent on further energy cooperation regarding grids and electricity transmission

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 19.05.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Europäische Wirtschaftspolitik

    Federal Minister Altmaier talks with Dr Margarete Schramböck, Austria’s Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs

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  • 15.05.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Europäische Wirtschaftspolitik

    EU Trade Ministers discuss concerted European action to support the EU economy during the COVID-19 crisis

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  • 15.05.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Handelspolitik

    G20 Trade and Investment Ministers agree on international measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 15.05.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Energiewende

    Minister Altmaier: We are ensuring that the coronavirus pandemic will not delay the energy transition

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 14.05.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftliche Entwicklung

    Minister Altmaier comments on estimate of tax receipts: we now need to stimulate the economy and activate its self-healing powers

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 14.05.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Erneuerbare Energien

    Federal Government launches Special Renewable Energies Initiative to improve conditions for export credit guarantees

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 14.05.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftliche Entwicklung

    Minister Altmaier: “We want our prosperity to grow again”

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 13.05.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Internationale Beziehungen

    Germany and Singapore reaffirm collaboration on support for start-ups amid COVID-19 – German Accelerator Southeast Asia

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 12.05.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Europäische Wirtschaftspolitik

    Federal Minister Altmaier talks with László Palkovics, Hungary’s Minister for Innovation and Technology

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  • 11.05.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Inauguration of new BAFA branch office in Weißwasser, Saxony

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 09.05.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Europäische Wirtschaftspolitik

    Minister Altmaier speaking on the occasion of Europe Day: “Exit the crisis with a strong Europe”

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  • 08.05.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Europäische Wirtschaftspolitik

    European Commission presents widened framework for state aid to enable recapitalisation measures

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 07.05.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    German companies hit hard by the coronavirus crisis. Public-sector aid and support measures are working

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 30.04.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft

    German Business Film Award 2020 - Take part now!

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 30.04.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Existenzgründung

    €2 billion package of measures for start-ups finalised

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 30.04.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    G20 Digital Economy Ministers adopt declaration on Covid-19

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 29.04.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Einzelhandel

    Successful retail hack: creative concepts for retailers and city centres

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  • 28.04.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Außenwirtschaftsrecht

    Minister Altmaier: “We need to know in good time about critical corporate acquisitions in the health sector so that we can review them”

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 28.04.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Europäische und internationale Energiepolitik

    Minister Altmaier discusses the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the energy sector with EU Energy Ministers

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 28.04.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Europäische Wirtschaftspolitik

    Federal Minister Altmaier discusses Covid-19 issues and Germany’s EU Council Presidency with his Italian and Spanish counterparts

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  • 27.04.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Tourismuswirtschaft

    Video conference of EU tourism ministers: crisis management in times of coronavirus

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 27.04.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Financial support for Condor

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 27.04.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Federal contact point established to safeguard cross-border supply chains

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  • 22.04.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Europäische Wirtschaftspolitik

    Minister Altmaier exchanges views with ambassadors of EU countries and candidate countries on Covid-19 pandemic

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  • 17.04.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Overcoming the coronavirus crisis - Federal Minister Altmaier discusses steps to ease the lockdown and support measures for companies with associations

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  • 16.04.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Federal Government safeguards trade in goods

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  • 16.04.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Handelspolitik

    Minister Altmaier: Crisis can only be solved through international cooperation – Minister Altmaier takes part in video conference of EU trade ministers on the coronavirus crisis

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  • 16.04.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Minister Altmaier: Solidarity with the poorest countries in the world

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  • 14.04.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Mittelstandsfinanzierung

    KfW Instant Loan for small and medium-sized enterprises to be launched tomorrow

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  • 14.04.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Maritime Wirtschaft

    Federal Government and other European countries allow cruise lines to pause their repayments of export credit guarantees

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 11.04.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Europäische und internationale Energiepolitik

    Extraordinary meeting of G20 Energy Ministers ends with joint statement

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 09.04.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Federal Government fosters and boosts production of medical personal protection equipment

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 09.04.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Innovationspolitik

    How is the coronavirus affecting research and innovation?

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  • 08.04.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftliche Entwicklung

    Minister Altmaier: Significant economic contraction to be expected - Joint Economic Forecast Project Group presents spring report

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  • 08.04.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Außenwirtschaftsrecht

    Minister Altmaier: More comprehensive and proactive screening of investments in security-sensitive sectors

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  • 08.04.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Digitalisierung

    Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy publishes second Barometer for the Digitisation of the Energy Transition

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  • 08.04.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Existenzgründung

    EXIST programme provides relief for tech start-ups in the ongoing coronavirus crisis

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 07.04.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftsbranchen

    Minister Altmaier and VDA President Müller praise the automotive industry for its commitment during coronavirus crisis

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  • 07.04.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Energieeffizienz

    Investment promotion programmes for energy-efficient construction and modernisation are backing up the economy

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  • 07.04.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Europäische Wirtschaftspolitik

    Federal Minister Altmaier discusses economic and energy policy impact and measures in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic with Polish counterparts

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  • 06.04.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Mittelstandsfinanzierung

    German government adopts more extensive Quick Loan Programme for small and medium-sized businesses

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  • 03.04.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Altmaier: “Granting of low-interest loans now possible on an even larger scale”

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 03.04.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Up to € 4,000 for consulting costs without any company-own contribution for SMEs and members of the liberal professions in the coronavirus crisis

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  • 02.04.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftliche Entwicklung

    Minister Altmaier: We can expect massive falls in economic growth this year

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 01.04.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Konventionelle Energieträger

    Period for essential market area conversion from L-gas to H-gas extended due to corona crisis

    Öffnet Einzelsicht
  • 01.04.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Existenzgründung

    Customised support for new businesses affected by the coronavirus crisis

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  • 31.03.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Handelspolitik

    G20 Ministers of Trade adopt Joint Declaration on the coronavirus crisis

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  • 31.03.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Handelspolitik

    Minister Altmaier and Sigrid Kaag, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade, on the phone to discuss impact of Covid-19 pandemic

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  • 30.03.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Schlüsseltechnologien

    Jarzombek: “Turn to the future in this crisis. Harness the potential of artificial intelligence.”

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  • 30.03.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftliche Entwicklung

    German Council of Economic Experts welcomes action taken by the Federal Government to support businesses in the coronavirus crisis

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  • 30.03.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Außenwirtschaftsförderung

    Federal Government widens scope for export guarantees in response to coronavirus pandemic

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  • 29.03.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Immediate assistance for farmers – work at Länder level has been completed – money is ready to be paid out

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  • 29.03.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Coronavirus: immediate federal economic assistance now available

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  • 27.03.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Minister Altmaier: “Unprecedented support programme for employees and enterprises”

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  • 26.03.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Altmaier spoke on the phone to Vice-President of the European Commission Vestager: “I welcome the scope the Commission has opened up for aid for companies hit by the coronavirus crisis”

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  • 25.03.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Netzpolitik

    Minister Altmaier: “Telecommunications networks are stable”

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  • 24.03.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Coronavirus assistance available to businesses in Lower Saxony – close cooperation between Federal and Länder governments

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  • 23.03.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    German government announces €50 billion in emergency aid for small businesses

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  • 20.03.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftspolitik

    Minister Altmaier: We are helping companies to keep operating

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  • 20.03.2020 - Pressemitteilung - Europäische Wirtschaftspolitik

    EU Ministers of Economy coordinate measures to support the European economy in the coronavirus crisis

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  • 13.03.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Tourismuswirtschaft

    Corona navigator provides orientation for the tourism sector

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  • 13.03.2020 - Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung - Wirtschaftliche Entwicklung

    Protective shield for employees and companies

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