Germany backs 40 bn euro supplementary budget to fund Ukraine costs

The draft supplementary budget envisages new borrowing will take Germany's net debt in 2022 to 138.94 billion euros with the total government expenditure estimated at 495.8 billion euros

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Germany's parliamentary budget committee approved plans on Friday to take out almost 40 billion euros ($42.3 billion) in additional debt this year to fund costs stemming from the fallout of the war in Ukraine.

The draft supplementary budget envisages new borrowing will take Germany's net debt in 2022 to 138.94 billion euros with the total government expenditure estimated at 495.8 billion euros, according to the Bundestag budget committee.

Following overnight talks, the committee agreed the package to help finance a second energy relief package for consumers, business aid and higher costs for the integration of refugees from Ukraine.

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First Published: May 20 2022 | 1:48 PM IST

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