Press release – 3 April 2019

The Federal Cabinet adopts the anniversary plan and decides to establish the Commission on the 30th Anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution and German Reunification

From 2019 to 2020, celebrations are planned for the 30th anniversaries of the events culminating in the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification. These hugely significant events in German democratic history will be forever rooted in our collective memory.

The Federal Government wants to celebrate the 30th anniversaries of the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification as events which unite the whole of Germany – and which remind us that German reunification is a process that is not yet complete.

To make this possible, the Federal Government has convened the Commission on the 30th Anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution and German Reunification. The Commission has 22 members and is chaired by Matthias Platzeck, the former Minister-President of the State of Brandenburg. The deputy chair of the Commission is Christian Hirte (Member of the German Bundestag, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, and Federal Government Commissioner for the New Federal States). By the middle of August 2019, the Commission will present its recommendations for planning the key elements of the anniversary celebrations.

“Despite great success in integrating East and West Germany, not everyone in the country is equally happy with the current state of German unity. The far-reaching economic, social and political changes, and people’s efforts to adapt to these changes – especially in the eastern part of the country – will be a focus of the anniversary year. We hope the anniversary will promote a sense of shared appreciation of the achievements that brought about German reunification and the integration of East and West. The focus of these anniversary celebrations will be on mutual dialogue.” – Dr Markus Kerber, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, on the occasion of today’s convening of the Commission.

During the anniversary year, in addition to the commemoration of key milestones such as the fall of the Berlin Wall (9 November 2019) and German reunification (3 October 2020), dialogue will be held between citizens in all of Germany’s federal states.

The members of the commission are:

  1. Matthias Platzeck (former Minister-President of the State of Brandenburg)
  2. Christian Hirte (Member of the German Bundestag)
  3. Dr. Maria Nooke
  4. Dr. Judith Enders
  5. Iris Kloppich
  6. Prof. Dr. Hans Walter Hütter
  7. Prof. Dr. Raj Kollmorgen
  8. Dr. Ilko-Sascha Kowalczuk
  9. Christine Lieberknecht (Member of the State Parliament of Thuringia)
  10. Jan Josef Liefers
  11. Anna Maria Mühe
  12. Dr. Dieter Pfortner
  13. Prof. Dr. Marcel Thum
  14. Annette Simon
  15. Elke Witt
  16. Dr. Thomas de Maizière (Member of the German Bundestag)
  17. Jana Schimke (Member of the German Bundestag)
  18. Christian Schmidt (Member of the German Bundestag)
  19. Katrin Budde (Member of the German Bundestag)
  20. Frank Junge (Member of the German Bundestag)
  21. Manuela Schwesig (Minister-President of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania)
  22. Dr. Reiner Haseloff (Minister-President of Saxony-Anhalt) 

In the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, an office will be set up to work closely with the Commission to implement the planned anniversary celebrations.

Press contact:

Geschäftsstelle “30 Jahre Friedliche Revolution und Deutsche Einheit”

Office for the 30th Anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution and German Reunification

Geschäftsstelle „30 Jahre Friedliche Revolution und Deutsche Einheit“
Bundesministerium des Innern, für Bau und Heimat
Alt-Moabit 140, 10557 Berlin
+49 30 18 681-10394
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