Since 1967, the federal government has been submitting the so-called subsidy report every two years in accordance with Section 12 of the Stability and Growth Act (StWG). It contains an overview of federal financial aid and tax breaks, which serve to maintain businesses and branches of industry, adapt them to new conditions and promote productivity progress and growth.
The subsidy report also takes into account some aids that make certain goods and services cheaper for private companies and households. This applies above all to subsidies in housing construction, in the areas of savings and wealth creation. In these areas, however, aid tended to decline in the period 2005-2008. The quantitatively most important subsidy area remains the commercial economy, whose income from subsidies rose slightly in the period from 2005-2008. In the economic sectors, coal mining is supported in particular, but also the areas of agriculture, nutrition and consumer protection. In the subsidy report, the federal government must state the obligations on which the financial aid and tax breaks are based and when they can be expected to end. It also has to submit proposals for earlier dismantling of subsidies.