The corona pandemic has left deep marks on the federal budget: by mid-September 2021, payments for immediate crisis management amounted to EUR 26.8 billion – of which EUR 14.4 billion in 2020 and EUR 12.4 billion in the current year . In the budget for 2022, the costs are estimated at EUR 3.875 billion.
Corona costs of EUR 13.6 billion are expected for the full year 2021. These costs are expected to decrease significantly in the coming years. For 2022, 3.875 billion euros are reserved for the Corona crisis management, for 2023 there are only 780.6 million euros – a total of a good 4.9 billion euros in the period 2022 to 2025.
The lion’s share of the costs are directly attributable to the health sector, for which a demand of 1.27 billion euros is expected in 2022, which is expected to decrease to 402 million euros in 2023. This includes payouts in accordance with the Epidemic Act, cost reimbursements to the federal states based on the COVID-19 special-purpose grant law, cost reimbursements to the social security organizations and for COVID-19 vaccines.
In the education sector, Corona is expected to cost EUR 306 million in the coming year. The education budget is to be increased by a good 310 million to 10.1 billion, of which 238 million euros are to be spent on corona tests in schools.
In the coming year, 250 million euros are to be spent on coping with corona in the public service, just under 48 million euros will cost Corona in mobility, 53 million will flow into agriculture and the federal budget will also be burdened with 100 million euros via the financial equalization .
The cost item “Federal assets” includes EUR 1.588 billion for the processing of corporate aid by COFAG for the coming year, especially for the compensation for losses and their extension as well as the fixed cost subsidy of 800,000.