About: Peter Altmaier

Climate change 18-10-2021

Germany slashes green electricity levy by almost 43%, with abolishment in sight

Germany will lower its infamous renewable electricity surcharge to the lowest point ever in 2022 amid signs that the next government may be preparing to abolish the tax entirely.
Economy & Jobs 15-10-2021

German economic growth significantly lower than expected for 2021

Germany's economic growth forecast for 2021 has been "significantly" reduced by a group of the country's leading economic research institutes in their bi-annual economic projection report, published on Thursday (14 October).

German industry worried about EU carbon market reform, sceptical of CBAM

Industry in Germany watched the presentation of the European Commission’s new package of energy and climate laws with bated breath on Wednesday (14 July), expressing worries about a reform of the EU’s carbon market that could see free CO2 pollution...
Digital & Media 30-06-2021

Report: Digitalisation of German SMEs lagging despite efforts

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) traditionally form the backbone of Europe's largest economy, yet they are still lagging behind in terms of digitalisation compared to the international competition, according to a recent OECD study. EURACTIV Germany reports.
5G 08-06-2021

Europe’s first digitalised chip plant opens in Dresden

German engineering and technology company Bosch opened a new semiconductor factory, fully networked with 5G mobile technology, in Dresden on Monday (7 June). The production facility was funded with €140 million as part of a joint European project.
Hydrogen electrolyse stack a power plant

Germany to invest €8 bn in large-scale hydrogen projects

Germany said on Friday (28 May) it would invest €8 billion in 62 large-scale hydrogen projects, including electrolysers and pipeline infrastructure, as part of the country's bid to decarbonise its industry and become a world leader in the pioneering fuel technology.
Economy & Jobs 17-12-2020

REACT-EU has been approved: Here’s what Germany gets

European regional policy has a special role to play in overcoming the coronavirus crisis, with one of the main new instruments being REACT-EU, a fund which represents an increase of €47.5 billion in structural funds. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 07-10-2020

German labour ministry ramps up pressure for supply chain law

Creating responsible global supply chains with fair wages and working conditions is a key theme for Germany’s labour ministry (BMAS) during the country’s EU Council Presidency. On Tuesday (6 October), Labour Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) made the case for a national and eventually European framework.
Climate change 07-10-2020

EU energy ministers back 2030 climate goal update, leave deal for later

Germany's Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said talks on Tuesday (6 October) between energy ministers from the 27 EU members had shown that a majority want to update the emissions-cutting target by 2030 for the bloc, on its way to climate neutrality by 2050.
Economy & Jobs 06-10-2020

‘No second shutdown’, Germany’s Altmaier promises business leaders

Speaking at the annual Industry Day event, Germany's Economy Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) promised business leaders that there would not be a second shutdown. He also took the opportunity to be critical of his SPD colleague, Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Competition 09-09-2020

German trust busters get a sharper sword

Germany's ruling coalition has reached an agreement on the amendment to the 62-year old Act against Restraints of Competition (GWB). In the future, authorities will take stronger action against online giants that abuse their market power. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 30-07-2020

Wirecard scandal: Bundestag inquiry committee increasingly likely

A probe into the Wirecard affair is picking up speed. At a special session of the Bundestag Finance Committee, MPs have questioned top ministers and lobbyist influence over the government is becoming increasingly clear. Setting up a special inquiry committee is becoming more likely as a result. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 29-07-2020

Wirecard scandal: Why the German government should be nervous

Have leading politicians in the grand coalition up to the Chancellor been involved in a fraudulent scheme? The Bundestag's finance committee is looking into it.
Economy & Jobs 28-07-2020

New study finds tentative ‘glimmers of hope’ in German business climate

The German business climate is improving: according to a survey, the economy is regaining its optimism. However, this phenomenon should be treated with caution, because many companies still lack future prospects, the DIHK warns. EURACTIV Germany reports.
5G 24-07-2020

Commission presses member states to take action on high-risk 5G vendors

EU nations must make urgent progress on mitigating the risks to 5G telecommunications networks posed by certain high-risk suppliers, the European Commission said in a progress report published on Friday (24 July).
Economy & Jobs 22-07-2020

German industry pleased with EU summit result

German business associations are cheering the deal EU leaders reached at a marathon summit that ended on Tuesday morning (21 July), and they have every reason to do so, explains economic researcher Jürgen Matthes. But some observers are displeased with cuts in funding for innovation, research or defence. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 16-07-2020

Germany’s Altmaier encourages MEPs to be more realistic

In his presentation of the German EU presidency's priorities, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) urged MEPs on Thursday (16 July) to be more realistic, particularly on renewable energy and relations with China. But he continues to believe that barring Huawei, as the UK recently did, is wrong. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital & Media 07-07-2020

Altmaier argues against ‘international monopolies’ in the platform economy

A "well-regulated" platform economy should allow for small and medium-sized enterprises to compete fairly and should not lead to the formation of "international monopolies", German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Tuesday (7 July).
Climate change 03-07-2020

Berlin refuses to disclose details of €4bn coal phase-out deal with energy firms

German energy companies LEAG and RWE are set to receive over €4 billion for closing their lignite-fired power plants. But nobody knows how the compensation was calculated and the German economy ministry refuses to provide details, citing procedural matters. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Aerospace 02-07-2020

Germany urges ‘no favours’ in Airbus job cuts

German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier on Wednesday (1 July) urged plane builder Airbus to spread the pain fairly as it cuts 15,000 jobs to deal with lower orders following the coronavirus pandemic.
Digital & Media 01-07-2020

Altmaier: Gaia X to play ‘central role’ in digital transition

The European Cloud infrastructure initiative Gaia-X will play a "central role" in the EU's digital transition as it charts its recovery out of the coronavirus crisis, Germany's Economy Minister Peter Altmaier has said. 
Future EU 23-06-2020

German EU Presidency: Influenced by lobbyists?

Large lobbying associations have a strong influence on the German government and there are concerns that this might impact its EU Council presidency, which starts on 1 July, warned a study conducted by NGOs LobbyControl and Corporate Europe Observatory. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 23-06-2020

Scholz and Le Maire present a united front on digital and corporate taxation

Finance Minister and Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and his French counterpart Bruno Le Maire (LREM) are confident that the current OECD negotiations on international tax systems will be concluded by the end of 2020. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 15-06-2020

German government takes a stake in vaccine developer CureVac

In the global race for a coronavirus vaccine, the German government is investing €300 million and acquiring a stake in the biotech company CureVac, regarded as one of the leaders in the development of a vaccine in Germany. EURACTIV Germany reports.