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As part of its January 27 2009 stimulus package the German government announced that owners of cars older than 9 years could receive a subsidy up to 2,500 euros if they purchased a new car meeting certain environmental standards. Initially the scheme, which was outlined in a regulation on 20 February 2009, was limited to the first 600,000 new cars bought with the subsidy. The scheme was extended on 25 March 2009 to all eligible new cars sold in 2009.
There are no special requirements about the old car that can be scrapped under the new scheme. A new car must however fulfill the environmental Euro 4 standard according to the Directive 98/69/EG - Level B or its amendments. The new car must be registered in Germany and must be new or maximum one year old (leasing contracts). The law is applicable to cars registered between 14 January 2009 and 31 December 2009.
On 1 July 2009 the German Ministry for Economy and Export Control published the finalised version of the regulation on environmental premium (issued as noted above on 20 February 2009 with amendments on 17 March 2009 and 26 June 2009). This document stated that the budget for the scheme had increased from 1.5 bn Euros to 5 bn Euros.
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