June 20, 2018

Dr. Tschentscher becomes German Cultural Plenipotentiary

Dr. Peter Tschentscher, First Mayor of the City of Hamburg – Picture by Senatskanzlei, Engel.

23 May 2018, Berlin, Germany: The German Federal Government entrusted the First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Dr. Peter Tschentscher, with the office of Cultural Plenipotentiary in the framework of the Franco-German cooperation.

Dr. Tschentscher follows on the footsteps of his mayorial predecessor Olaf Scholz in the mandate granted to him up to 31 December 2018. Olaf Scholz is now Vice-Chancellor and Finance Minister in the Federal Government.
In this function, Dr. Tschentscher is accorded the protocolary treatment of a federal minister, for he represents the cultural and educational interests of the 16 German states and the federation vis-à-vis his French counterparts.
Precisely fifty five years ago the Franco-German cooperation was sealed through the Élysée Treaty. Already on 4 June 2018 Hamburg is due to host the state cultural ministers as well as the French rectors und rectrices d’académie. In Germany culture is a field heeded by the federal states. On the other hand the federation accredits a Commissioner for Culture and Media responsible before the Chancellor; incumbent is Minister of State, Prof. Dr. Monika Grütters.

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