Major economic relations between DB Group and the Federal Republic of Germany (Federal Government) relate to liabilities due to the Federal Government arising from loans which have been extended (present value as of June 30, 2021: € 437 million; as of December 31, 2020: € 580 million; as of June 30, 2020: € 560 million). There are also service relationships arising from the fees paid to the Federal Government within the framework of pro forma billing 1) for the assigned civil servants, cost refunds for the secondment of service provision personnel as well as from investment grants which have been received. The guarantees received from the Federal Government primarily relate to the loans received from EUROFIMA as well as the outstanding contributions and liabilities arising from collective liability of Deutsche Bahn AG (DB AG) at EUROFIMA.
In the Federal budget 2020, there was provision for an increase in equity of € 5 billion out of Federal funds in order to provide partial compensation for damages resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. On the basis of the advanced negotiations with the European Commission, these funds have been reduced by about € 3.1 billion, and diverted in the same amount to other measures: the Federal funds for maintaining the track infrastructure of the Federal railways have been increased by € 650 million, and the spending for supporting the train path prices in rail freight transport has been increased by € 600 million. A figure of about € 1.8 billion was included in the Federal budget 2021 for supporting the train path prices in rail passenger transport. The state-aid negotiations with the European Commission have not yet been concluded in relation to all measures.
The Federal funds of € 11 billion which have been additionally provided on the basis of the climate package of the Federal Government for strengthening rail transport until 2030 have so far not yet been disbursed, because the relevant funds are still subject to a consultation with the European Commission regarding state aid.
1) For the work of the allocated civil servants, DB AG reimburses to the Federal Railroad Fund (Bundeseisenbahnvermögen; BEV) those costs which would be incurred if an employee covered by collective bargaining arrangements were to be employed instead of the allocated civil servant.