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Federal Ministry of Transport and digital Infrastructure

Source: Federal Ministry of Transport and digital Infrastructure

The Ministry is headed by the Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. He coordinates and is responsible for the work of the department, which comprises the Ministry and a total of 63 executive agencies. The Minister is supported in his work by three parliamentary state secretaries, who are also members of the German Bundestag, and by two permanent state secretaries. These five most senior staff members assist the Minister in his functions as head of the department and member of the government.

The directorates-general and their responsibilities

The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is divided into nine directorates-general with a total staff of around 1,450. Around 810 work in Bonn, 625 work in Berlin and up to 15 work abroad.

The Political Staff, Policy Planning and Coordination Directorate-General and the Communications Directorate-General report directly to the Minister and assist him in his political responsibilities. The Political Staff, Policy Planning and Coordination Directorate-General is responsible for strategically planning and coordinating political projects and cooperating with the government coalition leaders, other ministries, the German Bundestag, the Bundesrat, associations and institutions at European and international level. This includes the strategic alignment and coordination of our EU policy and the strengthening of bilateral relations with other EU Member States, as well as assisting German industry in establishing business ties abroad.

The Communications Directorate-General focuses on informing the public. Our citizens will always find a competent point of contact at our Public Information and Visitor Service. The directorate-general is also responsible for press issues, new media, event management and public relations activities. Its Speeches and Texts and Forecasts, Statistics and Special Surveys Divisions, as well as the Protocol Division, advise the Minister.

The Central Services Directorate-General performs the administrative functions of the Ministry and its executive agencies. Responsible for the budget, human resources and organization and legal affairs, this directorate-general is the resource management centre of the department. At the same time, it is the internal service provider at the Berlin and Bonn offices. In addition, it exercises the ownership rights of the federal holdings assigned to the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

The Policy Issues Directorate-General develops strategic policies to ensure that federal transport infrastructure planning is demand-responsive and projects are delivered on budget and on schedule and with comprehensive public participation. It is also responsible for shaping mobility in an environment- and climate-friendly way. Among the projects serving this purpose are the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan, the evolution of the Mobility and Fuel Strategy and the promotion of local public transport, cycling, electric mobility and noise mitigation. Other key priorities include toll services, research funding, freight transport and logistics, spatial planning, demographic change and EU policy issues.

The Digital Society Directorate-General is responsible for the roll-out of digital infrastructure. Its policy areas include broadband roll-out, radio spectrum policy and the Network Alliance. In addition, it focuses on issues relating to the digitalization of society and transport: automated driving, telematics and IT-based systems for earth and weather observation.

The Aviation Directorate-General deals with national and international aviation and aviation policy matters, airports and safety in air transport. With the help of the Federal Aviation Office (LBA), the Federal Supervisory Authority for Air Navigation Services (BAF), the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation (BFU) and the German Air Navigation Services (DFS), the directorate-general facilitates the smooth flow of air traffic in Germany, provides for the safe operation of German air carriers and takes into account all environment-, noise- and consumer protection-related concerns. It also represents Germany's interests on international bodies and organizations.

The Waterways and Shipping Directorate-General is the highest federal authority of the Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration, which is responsible for the maintenance and upgrading of the waterways. They comprise 23,000 km2 of maritime waterways and 7,350 km of inland waterways. Another key area of this directorate-general's activities is participation in international institutions in which, for instance, issues relating to the law of the sea and shipping law are discussed and resolved.

The Land Transport Directorate-General is responsible for all issues relating to rail and road transport. The Railways Directorate addresses political, legal and technical questions related to the railways and develops the regulatory framework for rail passenger transport and for investment in rail infrastructure. The Road Traffic and Transport Directorate deals with subjects such as obtaining a driving licence, road user behaviour, the registration of vehicles including the technical requirements and commercial passenger and freight transport. At the same time, the Road Safety Programme is constantly updated.

The Road Construction Directorate-General is responsible for maintaining the structural integrity of the road network for which the Federal Government is responsible. This currently comprises around 12,800 km of federal motorways and approximately 40,000 km of federal highways. At the moment, the focus is on systematically strengthening our bridges. Another of its tasks is to operate our road network and improve it by upgrading existing roads and constructing new ones. The Road Construction Directorate-General is also responsible for an efficient and appropriate use of public funds. The federal states are responsible for planning and implementing the construction works and carrying out routine maintenance.