Factsheet for case DE-2020-13/363 – Updated – measures in Germany
|Country||Germany , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 23 March 2020 – 31 December 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Access to finance
|Author||Sandra Vogel (IW) and Eurofound|
|Case created||07 April 2020 (updated 05 May 2021)|
Providing financial support to medium-sized and large companies for investments and working capital. Improved conditions for receiving loans are based on the European Union's 'Temporary Framework for State aid measures' to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak. Also, this measure is part of the support package to stabilise the German economy and help out firms during the COVID-19 crisis. The package was adopted by the Federal Government at the end of March 2020.
If medium-sized or large companies seek syndicate financing for their investments or working capital, KfW bank will bear up to 80% of the risk, but no more than 50% of the total debt. The risk share amounts to at least €25 million. However, it is limited to a certain extent, i.e. 25% of the annual turnover in 2019 or double the wage costs in 2019 or it is not higher than the financing requirements for the next 12 months. This measure is part of the support package to stabilise the German economy and help out firms during the COVID-19 crisis. The package was adopted by the Federal Government at the end of March 2020 and includes several measures easing access to loans and financial assistance for companies of different sizes.
No information to date on this particular measure. However, the KfW issued a press release with the overall usage of the COVID-19 related measures administered by the bank. According to the KfW press release from 6 November 2020, the bank received 95,000 applications for all its additional COVID-19 related programmes. 99% of the application had been finalised by the bank. Around 97% of the applicants were small and medium-sized companies. Granted sums amounted to a volume of nearly €46 billion.
|Does not apply to workers||
|Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Direct consultation outside a formal body||Direct consultation outside a formal body|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
German social partners are usually consulted by the Federal Government on broader measures, though no formal tripartite social dialogue structure exsits in Germany at the federal level.
The Confederation of German Employers' Association (BDA) and the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) jointly welcomed the crisis package adopted by the Federal Government in spring 2020. Social partners highlighted in the press release to be in support of the KfW administered measures targeting companies.
Eurofound (2020), Direct participation for syndicate financing, case DE-2020-13/363 (measures in Germany), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.