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24 October 2017

Pe­ter Alt­maier ap­point­ed act­ing Min­is­ter of Fi­nance

Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel has appointed Peter Altmaier, Minister for Special Tasks and Head of the Federal Chancellery, to the helm of the German Ministry of Finance on an interim basis until a successor is named. Minister Altmaier took on this role on 24 October 2017. Former Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble had already bid farewell to the ministry’s staff the previous day.

Federal Ministry of Finance
F.l.t.r.: State Secretary Thomas Steffen, Parliamentary State Secretary Jens Spahn, Federal Minister of Finance Peter Altmaier, Parliamentary State Secretary Michael Meister, State Secretary Werner Gatzer and State Secretary Johannes Geismann. Source:  Federal Ministry of Finance

On 24 October 2017, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier relieved Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble from office at Schäuble’s own request. This was occasioned by Schäuble’s election as President of the German Bundestag. Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel asked Peter Altmaier, Minister for Special Tasks and Head of the Federal Chancellery, to run the Finance Ministry’s affairs on an interim basis until a successor is appointed.

The acting Federal Finance Minister will be supported by the ministry’s three permanent state secretaries (Werner Gatzer, Johannes Geismann and Thomas Steffen) and two parliamentary state secretaries (Michael Meister and Jens Spahn). In terms of legal status, the latter became parliamentary state secretaries to the Federal Minister for Special Tasks on 24 October 2017, but they will continue to work at the Federal Finance Ministry.

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