BERLIN: German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz plans to tackle a minimum of 160 billion euros ($190 billion) in new debt in 2021 to assist stave off the financial impression of the COVID-19 pandemic, three folks aware of the matter stated on Sunday.
This is a minimum of 64 billion euros greater than the 96 billion euros initially foreseen by Scholz for subsequent 12 months.
Of the extra debt, 39.5 billion euros are earmarked to help corporations whose enterprise has been hit by the coronavirus disaster, a draft of the finances seen by Reuters confirmed. About 2.7 billion euros will probably be accessible to pay for a vaccine.
Funds to pay for the final impression of the pandemic have been raised by 10 billion euros to 15 billion euros.
Parliament this 12 months suspended Germany’s debt brake to permit the federal government to tackle web new debt of as much as 218 billion euros to finance rescue and stimulus measures.
But a coalition supply stated it was unlikely to want the complete quantity. Scholz has stated he’ll ask lawmakers to droop debt limits once more subsequent 12 months.
The Finance Ministry was not instantly accessible for remark.
Germany has taken unprecedented steps to assist corporations and small companies to get by way of the disaster, liberating up billions of euros to forestall the economic system shrinking additional.
The authorities expects gross home product to contract by 5.5% in 2020, however to rebound by 4.4% in 2021.
($1 = 0.8437 euros)
(Writing by Christoph Steitz; modifying by Barbara Lewis)
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