German Parliament adopts 2021 federal budget worth US$568.8 billion with US$14.6 billion for German Development Ministry

On December 11, 2020, the German Parliament adopted the 2021 federal budget, amounting to a total of €498.6 billion (US$586.8 billion), making it almost even with the 2020 post-COVID-19 budget levels.

With €12.4 billion (US$14.6 billion) for 2021, the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development's (BMZ's) budget remains at 2020 levels. The budget for 2021 includes a €1.6 billion (US$1.8 billion) increase in funding, which is part of the BMZ’s planned €3.1 billion (US$3.7 billion) COVID-19 response package for 2020-2021 (approved in June 2020).

Bilateral development, funded at €6.0 billion (US$7.0 billion), will receive the largest share of the BMZ budget in 2021. The 'European development cooperation, United Nations, and other international organizations' budget envelope will receive €2.7 billion (US$3.2 billion), of which €823 million (US$969 million) will be channeled to the European Development Fund and €654 million (US$770 million) will be channeled to the UN and other multilateral organizations. The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria will receive €350 million (US$412 million), which is €150 million (US$177 million) less than what it received in 2020. 

German Development Minister Gerd Müller highlighted both the doubling of the BMZ’s budget levels since 2014 and the significance of the BMZ’s €3.1 billion (US$3.7 billion) COVID-19 package for 2020-2021 for the international COVID-19 response as major successes. The opposition parties (the Free Democratic Party (FDP), the Left, and the Greens), however, criticized the decrease of multilateral funding in the 2021 budget. 

The Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) will receive €35.3 billion (US$41.5 billion) in 2021, of which around €140 million (US$165 million) will be channeled to the World Health Organization (WHO). The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will receive a total of €20.8 billion (US$24.5 billion) in 2021, including €110 million (US$139 million) for the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). 

Press release – Federal Ministry of Finance (in German)