German Federal Ministries
What tasks are the governmental agencies and offices responsible for in Germany and in Europe? Here you will find links to the state, politics and democracy. And you can also contact public authorities and take advantage of services for the citizens.
German Foreign Office
Germany all over the world: The Foreign Office, located on the Werdescher Markt in Berlin, and its network of about 230 German diplomatic missions around the globe shape German foreign policy. This includes the analysis of world politics and crisis management on an international scale along with the coordination of German policies within the European Union, the protection of human rights and the promotion of cultural exchange.
Federal Ministry for Employment and Social Affairs
Fair and healthy working conditions, social security and more employment – these are the goals that the German Ministry for Employment and Social Affairs (BMAS) is working towards. The responsibilities of the BMAS include the statutory pension insurance and job market policies. This department also initiates programs designed to better integrate people with disabilities into the working world and society.
Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Knowledge and the willingness to experiment form the foundations of the future. The German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) works to promote the talent of tomorrow. Regardless of whether it’s initial job training or continuing education, lifelong learning or new technologies – the BMBF website provides information on educational policies and research facilities in Germany.
Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) provides assistance to food producers. It supports German companies in tapping into new markets and is active worldwide in the fight against hunger.
Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
The family enjoys the special protection of the state - and that‘s anchored in the German Basic Constitutional Law. The Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) is in charge of taking care of children, their parents and increasing the solidarity between the generations. Other areas of responsibility include equal opportunity for men and women, community service, public welfare and volunteer work.
Federal Ministry of Finance
The keeper of the budget: Every year, the German Ministry of Finance (BMF) calculates the budget of the Federal Republic and coordinates the wishes of the individual governmental departments with the Chancellor. The BMF shapes the federal government’s financial policies and steers the course of economic policy. The Minister has the right to object to any financial decisions made by the Cabinet.
Federal Ministry for Health
Live a healthier, more active and longer life - that should be possible for each and every one of us. Health policies aim to guarantee a high-quality healthcare system that is affordable at the same time. Among other things, the Federal Ministry for Health (BMG) is responsible for ensuring that the statutory medical and nursing care insurance systems operate properly.
Federal Ministry of the Interior
The responsibilities of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) range from migration policy to the protection of the constitution and right on up to promoting sports. Its most important responsibility, however, is to protect its citizens, the country’s internal security. The BMI is also responsible for the civil service and emergency aid. And it is in charge of the protocol for state visits and official festivities.
Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection
Law is the foundation of a free, democratic society. The Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) is responsible for legal policy. As the constitutional organ, the BMJV reviews new bills and regulations to make sure they are compatible with the Basic Law. It plays a role in formulating legislation for the German Civil Code, trade and commercial law, criminal law and civil law.
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety
What does Germany do for climate protection? How can energy remain affordable? What happens to old atomic power plants? The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), known in short as the Federal Environment Ministry, is committed to sustainable political objectives. BMUB consists of the Federal Environment Agency, the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, the Federal Office for Radiation Protection, and the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning, along with the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development).
Federal Ministry of Transport and digital Infrastructure
The Federal Ministry of Transport and digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is responsible for transport infrastructures on a federal level. As the federal government‘s most important investment department, it creates structures for greater mobility and safety in traffic or more liveable cities throughout Germany.
Federal Ministry of Defense
In 1955, the German Armed Forces were formed as an army for the purposes of defense only. Today, the German troops are deployed throughout many parts of the world to provide for peace and freedom. The Federal Ministry of Defense (BMVg) is the supreme federal authority in all issues concerning defense and the armed forces. It heads the air force, the army, the navy and the central medical services.
Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy
More growth, higher employment, greater innovation: The Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) is the department in charge of making sure that Germany will be more competitive and more prosperous in the future as well. Its responsibilities also include the advancement of small and medium-sized enterprises and new technologies. In addition, the BMWi coordinates the energy transition.
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) works towards greater democracy and human rights all over the world. The Ministry’s goals include the fair distribution of resources, finding peaceful solutions to conflicts and providing for a stable food supply. The work of the BMZ is based on the millennium campaign conducted by the United Nations, a global program designed to reduce poverty.