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Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Employment, Technology and Tourism

Portraitfoto Dr. Bernd Buchholz
Dr. Bernd Buchholz

Minister of Economic Affairs, Transport, Employment, Technology and Tourism

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Minister Dr. Bernd Buchholz and State Secretary, Dr. Thilo Rohlfs, are the leading heads of the Ministry. The Ministry employs around 220 people.

The highway management services for road construction and transport (LBV.SH), as well as the Schleswig-Holsteinische Seemannschule vocational school belong to the portfolio.

Overview of the tasks

The Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Employment, Technology and Tourism of Land Schleswig-Holstein is responsible for the following matters and focal areas of activity:

Economic Affairs

The main focus in the field of economic policy is to make Schleswig-Holstein even more appealing to medium-sized companies. This involves cutting red tape, supporting companies in research, development and digitalization, and launching a new settlement strategy geared to strengthen Schleswig-Holstein as a business location.

Various funding programs designed to assist companies wishing to settle, expand, develop or internationalize are available to implement such a proactive economic policy approach. Moreover, established companies are offered a wide range of loans, guarantees and equity participation, while newly set-up businesses and start-ups have access to a different set of funding options.


Transport policy is accorded top priority on the agenda. On the one hand, this means rehabilitating transportation infrastructure like state roads, for example. On the other hand, it involves buildout projects, such as the extension of the A20 motorway from Bad Segeberg to Lower Saxony including a new tunnel under the River Elbe near Glückstadt, the Fehmarn Belt fixed link with its rail and road hinterland connections as well as the six-lane expansion of the A7 motorway with a replacement of the Rade high bridge across Kiel Canal.

Advancing public transport and developing new mobility concepts to make future mobility sustainable, for example by supporting innovative drive systems for trucks or locomotives, are also part and parcel of transportation policy in Schleswig-Holstein.

Job Market

The proactive employment policy pursued in Schleswig-Holstein comprises various European support programs of the European Social Fund (ESF), the initiative “Zukunft im Norden” (“Future in the North”); and the promotion of advanced training and other measures taken to integrate refugees into the German job market. Special attention is paid to ensure a successful transition from school to work so that young people are offered a good start into their professional life and youth unemployment is reduced even further at the same time.


Encouraging the transfer of know-how and technology from Schleswig-Holstein’s universities and non-university research institutions to industry and commerce takes center stage in our technology policy because innovation is the basis for ensuring that Schleswig-Holstein remains competitive well into the future. The advancing digitalization of business and society in general offers a special opportunity in this context. A prerequisite for this is the extension of Schleswig-Holstein’s digital infrastructure through fiber optic technology all across the country.


Due to its position between two seas and many attractive destinations on the North Sea and the Baltic, tourism is a key sector in Schleswig-Holstein. To make sure this does not change, tourist establishments are supported in their efforts to settle, expand or modernize their businesses and municipalities are assisted in refurbishing their tourist infrastructure. And so, many promenades, piers, docks, thermal baths or bike paths have been renovated and upgraded over the past few years in order to ensure that Schleswig-Holstein in future will also be able to welcome very many visitors to “Germany’s true North”.