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Dr Maria Flachsbarth

Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development


Political career

Maria Flachsbarth, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

since 1980
Member of the Young Christian Democrats, then the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU)

since 2002
Member of the German Parliament (Bundestag)

- Member of the Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, member of the Council of Elders (15th to 17th parliamentary term)

- Chair of the Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry (Gorleben)
(17th parliamentary term)

2004 2013
Member of the CDU Federal Committee on Climate, Nature and Environmental Policies

since 2006
Deputy State Chairwoman of the CDU in Lower Saxony

since 2007
Chairwoman of the CDU Regional Association in Hanover

December 2013 – March 2018
Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture

since March 2018
Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

Education and professional background

1982
Higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) at the Nepomucenum Rietberg grammar school

1982 – 1987
Degree course in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Veterinary Medicine (TiHo), Hanover; scholarship holder of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German Academic Scholarship Foundation)

1987 – 1990
Combined doctoral and postgraduate studies at the University of Veterinary Medicine (TiHo); scholarship from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation

1990
Conferral of PhD in Veterinary Medicine

1989 – 1997
Research assistant at the TiHo Institute for Anatomy

1993
Specialisation in Animal Anatomy

1993 – 1997
Extended parental leave and part-time teaching assignment at the Dr. Blindow schools, Stadthagen

1997  2002
Assistant to the Principal of the TiHo and, latterly, Head of the TiHo Press Office

Volunteer work and honorary posts

  • since 2011 Member of the Central Committee of German Catholics
  • since 2011 President of the German Catholic Women's Association (KDFB)

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