German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel is considering the recommendations of a recent report by the German Institute for Economic Research that supports relaxing rules to allow more private investment into infrastructure.
According to a report from German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, Gabriel is looking at the potential to fund infrastructure with cash from private sponsors including insurance companies, institutional investors, as well as individual citizens. The contract periods would generally by for 30 years or more.
Over recent years, German roads, schools and other infrastructure have fallen into disrepair due to under-investment.
The report from the German Institute for Economic Research also proposed creating a transport infrastructure company, which would collect private money for the construction of highways.