Federal Ministry of the Interior (Germany)

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Template:Infobox Government agency thumb]] thumb]] The Federal Ministry of the Interior (Template:Lang-de), abbreviated BMI, is cabinet-level ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its main office is in Berlin, with a secondary seat in Bonn. The current minister of the interior is Thomas de Maizière.


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.


State Secretaries

The minister is supported by two parliamentary state secretaries and two state secretaries who manage the ministry's various departments. One of the latter manages "P", "B", "IS" and "M" departments plus the crisis management cell and the working group on counter-intelligence development. The other supervises "Z", "G", "D", "O", "SP" and "V" departments plus the information technology director, data protection and freedom of information office and the doping task force.


  • "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.
  • "G" Department (Abteilung G) is responsible for policy, Europe and international developments
  • "D" Department (Abteilung D) is responsible for the civil service.
  • "O" Department (Abteilung O) is responsible for administrative modernisation and organisation.
  • "SP" Department (Abteilung SP) is responsible for sport.
  • "V" Department (Abteilung V) is responsible for constitutional, state, administrative and European law.

Special agencies

Name Abbrev. Translation
Bundesausgleichsamt BAA Federal Equalization of Burdens Office
Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge BAMF Federal Office for Migration and Refugees
Bundesakademie für öffentliche Verwaltung BAköV Federal Academy of Public Administration
Beschaffungsamt BeschA Procurement Agency of the Federal Ministry of the Interior
Bundesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz und die Informationsfreiheit BfDI Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information
Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz BfV Federal Agency 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
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
Schutzkommission beim Bundesministerium des Innern SchK Scientific Advisory Board on Civil Defense and Disaster Protection
Fachhochschule des Bundes für öffentliche Verwaltung FH Bund Federal Public Administration College
Koordinierungs- und Beratungsstelle der Bundesregierung für Informationstechnik in der Bundesverwaltung KBSt
Statistisches Bundesamt destatis StBA Federal Statistical Office
Technisches Hilfswerk THW Federal Agency for Technical Relief
Unabhängige Kommission zur Überprüfung des Vermögens der Parteien und Massenorganisationen der DDR UKPV Independent Commission for the Review of Assets of Parties and Mass Organisation of the GDR
Vertreterin des Bundesinteresses beim Bundesverwaltungsgericht VBI
Beauftragter der Bundesregierung für Aussiedlerfragen und nationale Minderheiten
Bundesanstalt für den Digitalfunk der Behörden und Organisationen mit Sicherheitsaufgaben BDBOS Federal Agency for Emergency Service Digital Radio

List of Federal Ministers of the Interior (since 1949)

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Party Term of Office Chancellor
style="background:Template:CDU/CSU/meta/color;" | Gustav Heinemann
CDU 20 September 1949 11 October 1950 Adenauer
style="background:Template:CDU/CSU/meta/color;" | Robert Lehr
CDU 11 October 1950 20 October 1953
style="background:Template:CDU/CSU/meta/color;" | Gerhard Schröder
CDU 20 October 1953 13 November 1961 Adenauer
(II • III)
style="background:Template:Christian Social Union in Bavaria/meta/color;" | Hermann Höcherl
CSU 14 November 1961 25 October 1965 Adenauer (IV • V)
Erhard (I)
style="background:Template:CDU/CSU/meta/color;" | Paul Lücke
CDU 26 October 1965 2 April 1968 Erhard (II)
Kiesinger (I)
style="background:Template:CDU/CSU/meta/color;" | Ernst Benda
CDU 2 April 1968 21 October 1969 Kiesinger
style="background:Template:Free Democratic Party (Germany)/meta/color;" | Hans-Dietrich Genscher
(b. 1927)
FDP 22 October 1969 16 May 1974 Brandt
(I • II)
style="background:Template:Free Democratic Party (Germany)/meta/color;" | Werner Maihofer
FDP 16 May 1974 8 June 1978 Schmidt
(I • II)
style="background:Template:Free Democratic Party (Germany)/meta/color;" | Gerhart Baum
(b. 1932)
FDP 8 June 1978 17 September 1982 Schmidt
(II • III)
style="background:Template:Social Democratic Party of Germany/meta/color;" | Jürgen Schmude
(b. 1936)
SPD 17 September 1982 1 October 1982 Schmidt
style="background:Template:Christian Social Union in Bavaria/meta/color;" | Friedrich Zimmermann
CSU 4 October 1982 21 April 1989 Kohl
(I • II • III)
style="background:Template:CDU/CSU/meta/color;" | Wolfgang Schäuble
(b. 1942)
CDU 21 April 1989 26 November 1991 Kohl
(III • IV)
style="background:Template:CDU/CSU/meta/color;" | Rudolf Seiters
(b. 1937)
CDU 26 November 1991 7 July 1993 Kohl
style="background:Template:CDU/CSU/meta/color;" | Manfred Kanther
(b. 1939)
CDU 7 July 1993 27 October 1998 Kohl
(IV • V)
style="background:Template:Social Democratic Party of Germany/meta/color;" | Otto Schily
(b. 1932)
SPD 27 October 1998 22 November 2005 Schröder
(I • II)
style="background:Template:CDU/CSU/meta/color;" | Wolfgang Schäuble
(b. 1942)
CDU 22 November 2005 28 October 2009 Merkel
style="background:Template:CDU/CSU/meta/color;" | Thomas de Maizière
(b. 1954)
CDU 28 October 2009 3 March 2011 Merkel
style="background:Template:Christian Social Union in Bavaria/meta/color;" | Hans-Peter Friedrich
(b. 1957)
CSU 3 March 2011 17 December 2013
style="background:Template:CDU/CSU/meta/color;" | Thomas de Maizière
(b. 1954)
CDU 17 December 2013 Incumbent Merkel

External links

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