BERLIN, April 9 (Reuters) – German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier says he aims to provide assistance through the end of the year for businesses hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Talks about extending six months of aid to help cover fixed business costs are ongoing, Altmaier said on Friday, adding he is looking forward to a decision before the parliament’s summer vacation.
A third wave of coronavirus infections linked to more infectious variants and slow vaccination launches are complicating efforts to ease months of lockdown measures in Europe’s largest economy.
German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz last month pledged to do whatever is necessary to allow Germany to emerge from the economic slump caused by the coronavirus, as the government supports an additional budget that would lift new loans to record highs.
Reporting by Christian Krämer; Written by Maria Sheahan Editing by Caroline Copley