In today's cabinet meeting, the Federal Government appointed the new commissioners and coordinators within the remit of Dr Robert Habeck, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.
Parliamentary State Secretary Michael Kellner is the new Federal Government Commissioner for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises.
Parliamentary State Secretary Dr Franziska Brantner is the new Special Representative of the German Government for the Implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Germany (D-EITI).
Member of the Bundestag Claudia Müller is the new Federal Government Coordinator for the Maritime Industry and for Tourism.
Member of the Bundestag Dr Anna Christmann is the new Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy.
The appointment of Federal Government Commissioners and Coordinators highlights the special significance the Federal Government attaches to these policy fields. Their task is to coordinate the main activities of the Federal Government in these policy areas and to represent the Federal Government at national, European and international level. Moreover, they act as key points of contact for the concerns of citizens, businesses and associations in their respective fields of policy.
In more detail:
The Federal Government Commissioner for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises brings together under a unified concept the Federal Government’s main activities in the field of SME policy. He acts as external representative of the Federal Government’s SME policy and as a point of contact for the concerns of small and medium-sized companies. He also represents those concerns within the Federal Government and in Parliament.
The EITI Special Representative of the Federal Government supervises the implementation of the international Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Germany. The EITI is a global transparency initiative based on voluntary commitments by nation states. Its aim is to achieve transparency in payments between states and companies of the extractive industries in order to ensure that the revenue generated by countries rich in natural resources is of benefit to all citizens. At national level, the implementation of the EITI is to contribute to promoting dialogue and transparency in raw materials policy and thus to increase acceptance of domestic raw materials extraction.
The Federal Government Coordinator for the Maritime Industry and for Tourism represents and develops these two policy fields. With regard to the maritime industry, she acts as a point of contact for the interests of the maritime industry as a whole and across the entire spectrum of issues, including the energy transition, decarbonisation of shipping, the shipbuilding supply industry, offshore wind energy, shipping, ports and marine technology. In the field of tourism, the Federal Government Coordinator is committed – both at home and in international forums and debates – to promoting a favourable and, in particular, sustainable development of tourism in Germany and of outbound tourism from Germany. She is a point of contact for the interests of the tourism industry and acts as an interface between government, business and society.
The Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy actively supports and accompanies the upcoming transformation of aviation on the path to climate neutrality – at German, European and international level. She strives to ensure that Germany will continue to contribute to international and European aerospace projects as an equal partner, and to increase its competitiveness as a high-tech hub. This is particularly true of the New Space Economy, a key technology of the future.