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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

© Michael Staudt / grafikfoto.de

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

The state agency for road construction and transport (LBV.SH) and the Insitute for Vocational Training (SHIBB) belong to the portfolio as well.

Main Tasks

The Ministry is responsible for the following matters and key working areas:

Economic Affairs

Making Schleswig-Holstein even more appealing to medium-sized companies is the focus on the field of economic policy. It involves cutting red tape, supporting companies in research and development or in the digitalization of workflows as well as launching a new settlement strategy geared to strengthen Schleswig-Holstein as a business location.

In addition, various funding programs are available that are designed to assist companies that wish to settle, expand, develop or internationalize. Moreover, established companies are offered a wide range of loans, guarantees and equity participation, while start-ups have access to a different and more fitting set of funding options.

Transport

One aspect of our transport policy is focused on rehabilitating transport infrastructure, such as state roads. Another aspect involves large construction projects, such as the extension of the A20 motorway from Bad Segeberg to Lower Saxony, the Fehmarn Belt fixed link with its hinterland infrastructure, as well as the six-lane expansion of the A7 motorway, which includes the replacement of the Rade high bridge across the Kiel Canal.

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

Job Market

The proactive employment policy pursued in Schleswig-Holstein consists of various support programs of the European Social Fund (ESF), the "Fachkräfteinitiative Schleswig-Holstein" ("Initiative for Skilled Workers") and the promotion of several measures taken to integrate refugees into the German job market. Special attention is paid to the successful transition from school to work in order to offer young people a smooth start into their professional life.

Technology

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

Tourism

Due to its location between two seas, and the many attractive destinations around the North and the Baltic Sea, tourism is a key sector in Schleswig-Holstein. Therefore tourist establishments are supported in their efforts to settle, expand, or modernize their businesses. Municipalities are assisted in refurbishing their touristic infrastructure. During recent years many promenades, piers, docks, thermal baths, and bike paths have been renovated and upgraded to ensure that Schleswig-Holstein may welcome many visitors to “Germany’s true North” in the future.