National Strategies

The German Federal Government has issued a set of national strategies that outlines a roadmap for digital transformation. Here, you will find a list of the key national strategies issued over the past four years.

Released in October 2019

Project GAIA-X – A Federated Data Infrastructure

Representatives of the German Federal Government, economy and science want to work with European partners to create the next generation of data infrastructure for Europe: a secure, federated system that meets the highest standards of digital sovereignty while promoting innovation. This project is the cradle of an open, transparent digital ecosystem, where data and services can be made available, collated and shared in an environment of trust.

Released in September 2019

Blockchain Strategy of the Federal Government

With its Blockchain Strategy, the Federal Government uses the chances blockchain technology is offering, mobilizing its potential for the digital transformation. A focus lays on the field of energy. At the same time, consumers and the state sovereignity should be protected. It will take action in five key areas: ensure stability and stimulate innovation, drive innovation, making investions possible, apply technologies in administrative service, spread knowledge and networking.

Released in May 2019

Get the Environment into those Algorithms!

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) published its cornerstones for an environmental digital agenda. They describe how an environmentally, climate- and nature-friendly digitisation can be envisaged. This vision is currently being discussed and further developed with relevant experts. By March 2020, the cornerstones are supposed to be turned into a digital agenda for environmental policy.

Released in April 2019

Digital Strategy of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research

With its digital strategy, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) seeks to bring about digital change in five key areas: strengthen digital education and training, generate knowledge and innovations from data, ensure technological sovereignty and scientific leadership, create security and trust, as well as live and work better and more sustainable. BMBF’s digital strategy is complementary to the High-Tech Strategy and Digital Agenda and provides concrete measures on how to achieve these goals.

Released in December 2018

National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence – „AI Made in Germany“

German AI Strategy portrays the goals for the development and application of AI-based technologies for the next six years. With an allocated budget of €3 billion for the implementation of the strategy, the government seeks to create synergy between research, politics, business sector and civil society to help Germany become a leading AI powerhouse worldwide.

Released in December 2018

Strategy on Regulatory Sandboxes – Enabling Innovation and Advancing Regulation

With the Regulatory Sandboxes strategy (in German „Reallabore“), the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy wants to enable digital innovations and advance regulation. In order to strengthen the regulatory sandboxes as an instrument of digitisation, the BMWi is pursuing three objectives: (1) pro-innovation regulation and flexibility, (2) information and networking, and (3) launch and support.

Released in November 2018
Update from September 2019

Implementation Strategy of the Federal Government for Shaping Digital Change

The implementation strategy presents the list of challenges that are to be tackled with a set of concrete measures. Every challenge is accompanied by a detailed implementation plan, which will ensure that the right deliverables are provided in due time. The strategy covers a broad spectrum of issues – from digital competences and infrastructure to social and economic implications of digitalization.

Released in November 2018

Action Plan: Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence in the Mobility Sector

The action plan on digitalization of the mobility sector portrays the challenges which the Ministry of Transportation and Digital Infrastructure has to address to ensure that the needs of the transportation sector meet the latest standards and needs of the public. From connected and autonomous vehicles, 5G communication systems, to automatic traffic flow control, the new digital infrastructure will inevitably focus on the application of artificial intelligence to shape the mobility of today and tomorrow.

Released in August 2018

Hightech Strategy 2025

The High-Tech Strategy 2025 stands for the aim of moving Germany forward on its way to becoming a worldwide innovation leader. The goal is for good ideas to be translated quickly into innovative products and services. Major funding is allocated for research and innovation in mobility, energy, health, security and economy sectors. The strategy has three main pillars: (1) tackling the major social challenges; (2) strengthening competences through education and training; and (3) developing an open innovative culture.

Released in July 2017

5G Strategy for Germany

Germany seeks to become a lead market for 5G. To achieve this, the government issued the 5G strategy that stipulates the future technological and legal requirements for a successful implementation of 5G research and innovation.

Released in March 2017

Strategy Work 4.0

“Work 4.0” is a necessary extension of the debate about the development of the labor market with an emphasis on the digitalization of the economy. Germany’s “Work 4.0” roadmap is generally referred to as “Industry 4.0”. The question addressed in the whitepaper is how can we preserve or even strengthen our vision of quality jobs and decent work in an era of digital transformation and societal change.

Released in November 2016

Cybersecurity Strategy for Germany 2016

The Cybersecurity Strategy stipulates over 30 strategic goals and measures to improve security in the virtual environment and mitigate its potential risks. It seeks to boost the trust in digital technologies. The strategy also defines Germany’s role in drafting the European and international cybersecurity policies.

Released in March 2016

Digital Strategy 2025

The Digital Strategy 2025 demonstrates the priorities of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in recent years in developing capabilities and utilizing new tools to make smart Germany possible. It demonstrates which areas require immediate action. The recommendations are intended not only to enable the German economy to respond to new challenges but also to ensure its leading position both in quality and technology for years to come, by combining traditional competitive advantages with the newest technology, modern methods and specific support programmes.

Released in September 2015

Strategy for Automated and Connected Driving

To enhance the evolution of automated and connected driving in Germany’s key industry, the Government has issued a strategy that focuses on five generic action areas: infrastructure, legislation, innovation, interconnectivity, and cyber security and data protection.