Federal Ministry of the Interior (Germany)

The Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community (German: Bundesministerium des Innern und für Heimat, German pronunciation: [ˈbʊndəsminɪsˌteːʁiʊm dɛs ˈɪnəʁn ʊnt fyːɐ̯ ˈhaɪ̯maːt] , abbreviated BMI, is a cabinet-level ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its main office is in Berlin, with a secondary seat in Bonn. The current minister is Nancy Faeser. It is comparable to the British Home Office or a combination of the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of Justice, because both manage several law enforcement agencies. The BMI is tasked with the internal security of Germany. To fulfill this responsibility it maintains, among other agencies, the two biggest federal law enforcement agencies in Germany, the Federal Police (including the GSG 9) and the Federal Criminal Police Office. It is also responsible for the federal domestic intelligence agency, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community
Bundesministerium des Innern (BMI)
Agency overview
Formed24 December 1879 (144 years ago) (1879-12-24) as the Reichsamt des Inneren
23 May 1949 (74 years ago) (1949-05-23) in the current form
JurisdictionGovernment of Germany
HeadquartersAlt-Moabit 140
10557 Berlin
52°31′17″N 13°21′44″E / 52.52139°N 13.36222°E / 52.52139; 13.36222
Employees60,000 (subordinate agencies)[1]
1,500 (ministry)
Annual budget18.458 billion (2021)[2]
Minister responsible
  • Nancy Faeser, Federal Minister of the Interior and for Community
Agency executives
Child agencies
Seal of the Reichsamt des Innern
Pre-1923 Seal of the Weimar-era Reichsministerium des Innern
BMI in Berlin
BMI in Bonn

History edit

The Reichsamt des Innern (Imperial Office of the Interior) was the Ministry of the Interior of the German Empire. On the proposal of the Reichskanzler Otto von Bismarck it was created on 24 December 1879 by an Imperial decree from the Reich Chancellery. Like the other Imperial Offices it was directly under the control of the Reichskanzler. The seat of the office was in Berlin and it was managed by a Secretary of State, who from 1881 until 1916 also simultaneously held the office of Vice-Chancellor. The gazette for the publication of official notices was run by the Office from 1880. Entitled the Zentralblatt für das Deutsche Reich (ZBl), it had been published by the Reich Chancellery from 1873 until 1879.

With the Law on the Provisional Imperial Government of 11 February 1919, the Imperial Office became the Reichsministerium des Innern (RMI) (Ministry of the Interior) which remained the German Ministry of the Interior during the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany. From 1923 until 1945, the ministry published the government gazette, which was entitled the Reichsministerialblatt (RMBl). On 1 November 1934 it was united with the Prussian Ministry of the Interior as the Reichs- und Preußischen Ministerium des Innern (Imperial and Prussian Ministry of the Interior).[3]

In 1949, the Imperial Ministry of the Interior (effectively defunct since the end of the war in Europe in 1945) was succeeded by the present Federal Ministry, though it served as the Interior Ministry for West Germany only until German reunification in 1990. From 1949 to 1970, 54% of the ministry's department leaders were former Nazi Party members, their share peaking at 66% in 1961.[4]

Under the Fourth Merkel cabinet, which took office in February 2018, the Ministry of the Interior was merged with the building department, which had been included in the ministry of transport from 1998 to 2013, and the environment ministry from 2013 to 2018. The ministry, headed by the former Bavarian minister-president Horst Seehofer, was then renamed to "Interior, Building and Homeland". The renaming was controversial as some interpreted the term Heimat as old-fashioned or even nationalistic.[5][6][7]

Responsibilities edit

The Ministry of the Interior is responsible for internal security and the protection of the constitutional order, for civil protection against disasters and terrorism, for displaced persons, administrative questions, and sports. It is host to the Standing Committee of Interior Ministers and also drafts all passport, identity card, firearms, and explosives legislation. The ministry also houses the Joint Anti-Terrorism Center formed in 2004 which is an information-sharing and analytical forum for all German police and intelligence agencies involved in the fight against terrorism.

Organization edit

State Secretaries edit

The minister is supported by two parliamentary state secretaries and five state secretaries who manage the ministry's various departments.

Departments edit

state secretaries #1 and #2

  • "P" Department (Abteilung P) is the ministry's police department and has two branches: law enforcement and counter-terrorism. It analyses crime control issues and develops concepts and drafts laws to improve law enforcement and crime prevention efforts. It also manages the Federal Criminal Police Office, coordinates police support group deployments and represents federal interests in the sport and security arena. Due to Germany's federal structure, it can only promote internal security and public safety by cooperating with the state police forces and with agencies within the European Union (EU) and beyond.
  • "IS" Department (Abteilung IS) is the internal security department that protects the German state against political extremism. It exercises supervisory control over the Federal Office for Constitution Protection, studies extremist groups and can ban them as a final resort. In addition, the department is responsible for the security of classified information and prevention of sabotage and espionage. It also manages civil defense and emergency management efforts at the national level and exercises supervisory control over the Civil Protection Center and Federal Agency for Technical Relief.
  • "B" Department (Abteilung B) supervises and manages German Federal Police operations.
  • "M" Department (Abteilung M) is responsible for immigration, integration, refugees and European harmonisation.
  • "Z" Department (Abteilung Z) is the central office.
  • "D" Department (Abteilung D) is responsible for the civil service.
  • "O" Department (Abteilung O) is responsible for administrative modernisation and organisation.
  • "V" Department (Abteilung V) is responsible for constitutional, state, administrative and European law.

state secretary #3

  • "G" Department (Abteilung G) is responsible for policy, Europe and international developments
  • "H" Department (Abteilung H) is responsible for society affairs
  • "SP" Department (Abteilung SP) is responsible for sport.

state secretary #4

  • department digital society
  • department digital state
  • department cyber security

state secretary #5

  • 2 departments on construction, housing and public buildings

Special agencies edit

Name Abbrev. Translation
Bundesausgleichsamt BAA Federal Equalization of Burdens Office [de]
Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge BAMF Federal Office for Migration and Refugees
Bundesakademie für öffentliche Verwaltung BAköV Federal Academy of Public Administration [de]
Beschaffungsamt des BMI BeschA Procurement Agency of the Federal Ministry of the Interior [de]
Bundesbeauftragter für den Datenschutz und die Informationsfreiheit BfDI Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information
Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz BfV Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution
Bundespolizei BPOL Federal Police
Bundesinstitut für Bevölkerungsforschung BiB Federal Institute for Population Research
Bundesinstitut für Sportwissenschaft BISp Federal Institute of Sport Science [de]
Bundeskriminalamt BKA Federal Criminal Police Office
Bundesamt für Kartografie und Geodäsie BKG Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy
Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung BpB Federal Agency for Civic Education
Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik BSI Federal Office for Information Security
Bundesverwaltungsamt BVA Federal Office of Administration
Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe BBK Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance [de]
Schutzkommission beim Bundesministerium des Innern SchK Scientific Advisory Board on Civil Defense and Disaster Protection [de]
Fachhochschule des Bundes für öffentliche Verwaltung FH Bund Federal Public Administration College [de]
Beauftragter der Bundesregierung für Informationstechnik KBSt Federal Government Commissioner for Information Technology [de]
Statistisches Bundesamt StBA Federal Statistical Office
Technisches Hilfswerk THW Federal Agency for Technical Relief
Unabhängige Kommission zur Überprüfung des Vermögens der Parteien und Massenorganisationen der DDR (defunct) UKPV Independent Commission for the Review of Assets of Parties and Mass Organisations of the GDR [de]
Vertreter des Bundesinteresses beim Bundesverwaltungsgericht VBI Representative of the Federal Interest at the Federal Administrative Court [de]
Beauftragter der Bundesregierung für Aussiedlerfragen und nationale Minderheiten Federal Government Commissioner for Matters Related to Ethnic German Resettlers and National Minorities [de]
Bundesanstalt für den Digitalfunk der Behörden und Organisationen mit Sicherheitsaufgaben BDBOS Federal Agency for Digital Radio of Authorities and Organisations with Security Responsibilities [de]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Ministerium". www.bmi.bund.de. Retrieved Oct 5, 2022.
  2. ^ "Bundeshaushalt". www.bundeshaushalt.de. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  3. ^ Stephan Lehnstaedt: Der „Totale Krieg“ im Reichsministerium des Innern unter Heinrich Himmler. In: Die Verwaltung. Zeitschrift für Verwaltungsrecht und Verwaltungswissenschaften. 39. Vol., 2006, pp. 393–420; Walter Strauß: Das Reichsministerium des Innern und die Judengesetzgebung. Aufzeichnungen von Doktor Bernhard Lösener. In: Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte 9 (1961), part 3, pp. 262–313.
  4. ^ Viele frühere NSDAP-Mitglieder, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 5 November 2015. p. 4
  5. ^ Thomas Escritt (8 February 2018). "Home is where the Heimat is: Germans bemused by new ministry". Reuters.
  6. ^ Ben Knight (12 February 2018). "A deeper look at Germany's new Interior and Heimat Ministry". DW.
  7. ^ Allison Williams; Daniel Delhaes; Martin Greive (13 February 2018). "Germany's new homeland ministry raises questions – and eyebrows". Handelsblatt Global.

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