Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

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Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL)
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Agency overview
Formed 1949
Jurisdiction Government of Germany
Headquarters Rochusstr. 1, 53123 Bonn
Employees 920 (Feb. 2010)
Minister responsible Christian Schmidt
Agency executives Maria Flachsbarth, Parliamentary State Secretary
Peter Bleser, Parliamentary State Secretary
Robert Kloos, Permanent State Secretary
Website http://www.bmelv.de
The BMELV headquarters in Bonn, Germany
BMEL offices on Wilhelmstraße, Berlin

The Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (German: Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft), abbreviated BMEL, is a cabinet-level ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its headquarters are located in Bonn with a second major office in Berlin. From 1949 to 2001 it was known as the Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Forests (German: Bundesministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Forsten). Through an organizational order by the German Chancellor on 22 on January 2001 it became the Federal Ministry for Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture after the Consumer protection function was transferred from the Federal Ministry for Health (Bundesministerium für Gesundheit). The name Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection was adopted on 22 November 2005 simply to alphabetize its functional parts in the German language.

Organization[edit]

The current Minister for Food and Agriculture is Christian Schmidt. The Parliamentary State Secretaries are Maria Flachsbarth and Peter Bleser. Robert Kloos is the Permanent State Secretary. In addition to the Ministry Management (including management staff), it consists of six departments (as of October 2014):

  • Department 1: Central Division
  • Department 2: Nutrition, product safety, innovation
  • Department 3: Food safety, animal health
  • Department 4: Rural Development, Agricultural markets
  • Department 5: Bio-based economy, sustainable agriculture and forestry
  • Department 6: EU policy, International cooperation, fisheries

Agencies[edit]

Under the auspices of the BMELV are various Federal agencies, legally independent institutions under public law and government research institutes:

Federal Ministers[edit]

Political Party:       CSU       CDU       FDP       SPD       Green

Name
(Born-Died)
Party Term of Office Chancellor
(Cabinet)
Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Forests
Wilhelm Niklas
(1887–1957)
CSU 20 September 1949 20 October 1953 Adenauer
(I)
Heinrich Lübke
(1894–1972)
CDU 20 October 1953 15 September 1959 Adenauer
(II • III)
Werner Schwarz
(1900–1982)
CDU 30 September 1959 26 October 1965 Adenauer (III • IV • V)
Erhard (I)
Hermann Höcherl
(1912–1989)
CSU 26 October 1965 21 October 1969 Erhard (II)
Kiesinger (I)
Josef Ertl
(1925–2000)
FDP 22 October 1969 17 September 1982 Brandt (III)
Schmidt (I • II • III)
Björn Engholm
(b. 1939)
SPD 17 September 1982 1 October 1982 Schmidt
(III)
Josef Ertl
(1925–2000)
FDP 4 October 1982 29 March 1983 Kohl
(I)
Ignaz Kiechle
(1930–2003)
CSU 30 March 1983 21 January 1993 Kohl
(IIIIIIV)
Jochen Borchert
(b. 1940)
CDU 21 January 1993 26 October 1998 Kohl
(IVV)
Karl-Heinz Funke
(b. 1946)
SPD 27 October 1998 12 January 2001 Schröder
(I)
Federal Minister for Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture
Renate Künast
(b. 1955)
Green 12 January 2001 4 October 2005 Schröder
(III)
Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
Horst Seehofer
(b. 1949)
CSU 22 November 2005 27 October 2008 Merkel
(I)
Ilse Aigner
(b. 1964)
CSU 31 October 2008 30 September 2013 Merkel
(III)
Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture
Hans-Peter Friedrich
(b. 1957)
CSU 17 December 2013 14 February 2014 Merkel
(Merkel III)
Christian Schmidt
(b. 1957)
CSU 14 February 2014 Incumbent Merkel
(Merkel III)

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