Covid-19-related compensation measures

Deutsche Bahn AG (DB AG) and the Federal Republic of Germany (Federal Government) have agreed to jointly bear the effects of the Covid-19 crisis on Deutsche Bahn Group (DB Group). We plan to compensate for half of the impact on the Integrated Rail System by implementing countermeasures.

In 2021, the Federal Government implemented various measures to partially compensate for Covid-19-related losses:

  • Extensive support for train-path prices (retroactively from March 2020) in long-distance and freight transport (DB share: about€ 2.1 billion).
  • Compensation for the canceled dividend payment by DB AG for the 2020 financial year (€ 650 million). As the dividend payment is planned in accordance with the Performance and Financing Agreement (Leistungs- und Finan­zierungs­vereinbarung; LuFV) to finance replacement capital expen­ditures in infrastructure, it was replaced in full by Federal funds (additional investment grants) in 2021.
  • Compensation for losses incurred by DB Long-Distance over the course of the first shutdown in spring 2020 (€ 550 million).

Further support measures are still in consultation with the European Commission and the Federal Government.

In 2021, DB Regional also received funds from the industry solution for regional transport in Germany (about € 0.5 billion).

DB Arriva also received Covid-19 support in various countries.

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