Federal Minister of Finance Christian Lindner

The FDP politician is occupying important posts in his ministry.

(Photo: Bloomberg)

Sedan Federal Minister of Finance christian lindner (FDP) holds key positions in his department. In an internal email from the minister to employees, he said he wanted the ministry’s alignment to “focus more on our political projects and give the organization a long-term strategic perspective.”

In the letter, Lindner announces the replacement of three department heads. Rolf Möhlenbrock, who headed the tax department for more than four years, is taking temporary retirement. Nils Weith, who previously headed the tax department at the Federal Ministry of Economics, will take over from him.

>> Read also: Lindner wants a turning point in economic policy in 2023

Weith is considered a liberal, having worked from 2011 to 2013 as a financial policy officer at the PDF-Faction of the Bundestag. Möhlenbrock’s predecessor was the former finance minister and current chancellor in autumn 2018 Olaf Schölz (SPD) has been promoted. He has worked in the Treasury Department’s Tax Department for more than 20 years.

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Important tax projects are pending for Lindner this year. Among other things, the super cancellations agreed in the coalition agreement must be implemented, which should incentivize companies to invest in digitization and climate protection.

Other personnel changes

The implementation is considered technically difficult. In addition, Lindner has other aid plans for citizens and companies. However, the implementation of it will be politically sensitive because the coalition partners, the SPD and the Greens, have concerns.

Federal Ministry of Finance

The finance minister dismisses four department heads.

(Photo: IMAGO/Jurgen Ritter)

In his letter to employees, Lindner explained that he had made a resolution when he took office: “Before making any major organizational changes, I would like to spend a year getting to know and understand the structures and processes at BMF.” the year is over and Lindner makes personnel changes.

He also renamed the address of the customs department. The previous director, Tanja Mildenberger, is temporarily retiring. Her successor will be Armin Rolfink, previously vice president of the General Directorate of Customs. Difficult tasks await Rolfink.

The FIU Anti-Money Laundering Unit belongs to Customs. The Financial Action Task Force has been wrestling with issues since it was founded and cannot keep up with the processing of suspicious activity reports. The Ministry of Finance is currently looking for a new head for the FIU.

In addition, Lindner plans to establish a kind of new anti-money laundering super-authority. In addition to the FIU, this should include a Federal Office of Financial Criminal Police and a central office for the supervision of money laundering. The implementation of this reform should keep Rolfink busy.

>> Read here: How Lindner wants to catch big money launderers with a new authority

Martina Stahl-Hoepner, head of the central department, the organizational backbone of the ministry, placed Lindner on temporary retirement. His successor will be Oliver Lamprecht, responsible for Human Resources and Organization at the Ministry of Economy for more than ten years. He gets a job increase at the Ministry of Finance.

The IT department will be reassigned to the central department. The former head of the IT department, Harald Joos, also loses his job. Scholz had created the additional IT department as finance minister.

With the latest personnel decisions, Lindner has now occupied the Finance Ministry with his people in central positions. Right at the start of his term, he installed three new Secretaries of State, as well as the head of the important European department.

More: Lindner threatens ministries with cuts due to billions gap

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