Infrastructure Drive Stalls

A bridge under construction in the eastern German state of Thuringia.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Germany’s finances are in good shape, and many infrastructure projects are planned. But a severe shortage of civil engineers and burdensome regulations have led to a backlog of projects.

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    • Germany has plenty of money for infrastructure projects – €2.7 billion, or $3 billion, was allocated for new roads in 2015 alone.
    • The country has no central highway authority, and relies on the federal states to plan and implement road-building and other infrastructure schemes.
    • New road, rail and water infrastructure projects are being severely hampered by a shortage of qualified engineers and unwieldy regulations and legal procedures.
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Almost one year ago, Alexander Dobrindt, the German federal transport minister, proudly announced the release of €2.7 billion, or $3 billion, for road building and renovation projects. The money, he said, would go to 72 fully-planned projects.

“All projects can be immediately implemented,” he said, presenting the list.

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