Solo self-employed and micro-entrepreneurs have repaid Corona emergency aid in the amount of more than half a billion euros to the state. This resulted in a demand from the newspaper “Welt am Sonntag” in the federal states.
Accordingly, emergency aid recipients returned more than 560 million euros of unjustifiably paid grants by September 30th. In the first three places are North Rhine-Westphalia with 170 million euros, Berlin with 143 million euros and Bavaria with 107 million euros. The information relates to both the federal emergency aid program and the corresponding federal state programs. 13 federal states provided information.
By the end of September, 305 million euros flowed back into the federal fund alone, reports “Welt am Sonntag” with reference to information from the Federal Ministry of Economics. So far, a total of 13.8 billion euros has been distributed to applicants as part of the federal program. The program ended on May 31st, so there are only minor changes to the number of applications and approvals.