The documents were available to the German Press Agency on Friday. Initially, “Der Spiegel” reported about it. Depending on the economic situation, the EU development aid from the federal states is calculated. Part of that depends on growth through the end of 2021. The EU Commission recently presented a new, more positive economic forecast, which is why the calculation is now being adjusted. Twenty Member States that have grown faster than expected are now likely to receive less aid than announced. Romania loses the most (around 1.98 billion euros), followed by France with a loss of 1.55 billion euros and Belgium, where 1.38 billion euros less are distributed.
Germany has not yet been affected by the adjustment, as the upswing has been weaker than expected. As planned, the federal government will receive around 25.6 billion euros – an increase due to weaker growth is not planned. “Cynically speaking, Germany is lucky in misery,” commented Körner. “It would have been better for the German citizens to lose debt-based aid and benefit in the long term from a stronger economic upswing.” How much which state will receive, however, should not be finalized until the end of June 2022.