The Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
25 years after its foundation, Brandenburg has become an attractive location for business, a leading energy producing state and a popular tourist destination. Located in the vibrant capital region – a hub between East and West, benefitting from a high density of research and science institutions, Brandenburg provides optimal conditions for companies from all over the world.
Promoting the economic strength of Brandenburg is a key concern of the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Considering itself a partner of businesses in Brandenburg, the ministry wants to continuously enhance Brandenburg’s attractiveness for firms and skilled workers.
The state government’s aid policy focusses on growth, employment, innovation and technology transfer. A particular emphasis is put on small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), as they account for the majority of local firms. The Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy wants to support SMEs in successfully tackling challenges such as digitalization.
Given the importance of industry and energy production in Brandenburg, economic policy and energy policy are seen to be closely related. Maintaining production and employment in the energy sector are top priorities of the ministry.
Brandenburg is a pioneer in renewable energies. The Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy believes that the systemic integration of renewables, the development of storage technologies as well as the nationwide expansion of grids constitute key challenges for the coming years. At the same time, the ministry believes that conventional energies are indispensable for the time being in order to guarantee a safe and affordable energy provision.
Since November 5th, 2014, the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has been led by Albrecht Gerber. His State Secretary is Hendrik Fischer.