Germany planning 60-bln-euro ‘future’ fund

Germany planning 60-bln-euro ‘future’ fund

Germany planning 60-bln-euro ‘future’ fund

Germany’s new government is planning to earmark 60 billion euros ($68 billion) to fundfuture investment” including its plans to tackle climate change, Finance Minister Christian Lindner said on Dec. 10.

The funds will be taken from debts approved to help the government tackle the coronavirus pandemic but which “have not been used,” said Lindner in his first major announcement since taking office on Dec. 8. The government had signed off a plan to borrow 240 billion euros in 2021 to finance measures to lessen the impact of the pandemic on businesses but will now only need 180 billion euros.

Germany’s coalition government of the Social Democrats, Greens and liberal FDP has pledged that the expansion of sustainable energy will be “drastically accelerated and all hurdles and obstacles will be removed.”

With an eye on the powerful automotive industry, the parties have also resolved to put 15 million fully electric cars on the road by 2030, up from just over 500,000 currently.

Lindner said the new funds would also be used to invest in the “digitalization” of the German economy.

The new coalition has promised a return to the so-called debt brake, which was lifted to help fight the coronavirus