Birgit Breuel

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Birgit Breuel
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Breuel in June 1991
President of the Treuhandanstalt
In office
13 April 1991 – 31 December 1994
Appointed byHelmut Kohl
DeputyHeinrich Hornef
Preceded byDetlev Rohwedder
Succeeded byHeinrich Hornef (as President of the Bundesanstalt für vereinigungsbedingte Sonderaufgaben)
Minister of Finance
of Lower Saxony
In office
9 July 1986 – 21 June 1990
Minister-PresidentErnst Albrecht
Preceded byBurkhard Ritz
Succeeded byHinrich Swieter
Minister for Economics and Transportation
of Lower Saxony
In office
28 June 1978 – 9 July 1986
Minister-PresidentErnst Albrecht
Preceded byErich Küpker
Succeeded byWalter Hirche (Economy, Technology and Transport)
Member of the
Hamburg Parliament
In office
14 April 1970 – 28 June 1978
Preceded bymulti-member district
Succeeded byManfred Sander
ConstituencyChristian Democratic Union List
Personal details
Birgit Münchmeyer

(1937-09-07)7 September 1937
Hamburg-Rissen, Nazi Germany (now Germany)
Political partyChristian Democratic Union
Ernst-Jürgen Breuel
(m. 1959)
Alma materUniversity of Hamburg (no degree)
University of Oxford (no degree)
University of Geneva (no degree)
  • Politician
  • retail merchant
  • Executive

Birgit Breuel (née Münchmeyer; born 7 September 1937 in Hamburg-Rissen) is a German politician, representative of the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU). She is the former President of the Treuhand Agency, and Commissioner General of the Expo 2000 in Hannover, and later worked in several honorary positions.

Birgit Münchmeyer came from a Lower Saxony family of traders and private bankers. She is the daughter of merchant bankers who owned the bank Münchmeyer & Co..[1] On 8 August 1959 she married the Hamburg merchant Ernst-Jürgen Breuel (born 7 October 1931 in Hamburg).

Birgit Breuel studied political science at the Universities of Hamburg, Oxford and Geneva. In 1966, she entered into the CDU. From 1978 to 1986 she was Minister of Economy and Transport in Lower Saxony, then to 1990 was the Lower Saxony Finance Minister. In 1990, Breuel was elected to the executive board of the Treuhand - a holding firm responsible for the sale of East German state assets. A year later she became the successor of Detlev Karsten Rohwedder. While Rohwedder had been cautious about the sale of most state assets, favouring a worker-owned solution if possible, Breuel favoured quick privatization. She departed in 1995 from this office. Breuel then became Commissioner-General of the World Expo Expo 2000 in Hanover.


  • Birgit Breuel (Hg.): Ohne historisches Vorbild. Die Treuhandanstalt 1990 bis 1994 - eine kritische Würdigung. Berlin 2005 ISBN 3-936962-15-4
  • Deutsches Geschlechterbuch. Band 128 der Gesamtreihe (Hamburg Band 10), p. 69/70, C. A. Starke Verlag, Limburg (Lahn) 1962, ISSN 1438-7972.

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  1. ^ "Birgit Breuel". Retrieved August 27, 2009.

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