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Di­rec­torate-Gen­er­al ZMV

Gov­ern­ment Grant Man­age­ment (Na­tion­al, ESF), Ad­min­is­tra­tive and Rreg­u­la­to­ry Tasks

Director-General Christoph HübenthalDirector-General Christoph Hübenthal

One ma­jor task of this di­rec­torate-gen­er­al is the pro­cess­ing of grant pro­ce­dures. Grants are funds used by the state to ac­tive­ly sup­port cer­tain so­ci­etal ob­jec­tives. Based on min­is­te­ri­al re­quire­ments Di­rec­torate-Gen­er­al ZMV is­sues ap­proval de­ci­sions, su­per­vis­es and ad­vis­es grant re­cip­i­ents, es­pe­cial­ly with re­spect to fi­nanc­ing is­sues, and ex­am­ines the proofs of prop­er use.

In the field of na­tion­al grants, it grants sup­port mea­sures on be­half of nine fed­er­al min­istries with a vol­ume of 967 mil­lion eu­ros (2012). This con­cerns among oth­ers the fol­low­ing ar­eas:

  • sports,
  • cul­ture,
  • po­lit­i­cal foun­da­tions,
  • hu­man­i­tar­i­an aid,
  • fam­i­ly af­fairs, se­nior cit­i­zens, wom­en and youth,
  • health,
  • re­search and ed­u­ca­tion,
  • peace­keep­ing op­er­a­tions.

The di­rec­torate-gen­er­al co­op­er­ates with oth­er au­thor­i­ties at fed­er­al, Land and lo­cal lev­els as well as with a num­ber of grant re­cip­i­ents. The BVA port­fo­lio al­so cov­ers sup­port mea­sures un­der the Eu­ro­pean So­cial Fund (ESF). The ESF was cre­at­ed with the ob­jec­tive to re­duce dif­fer­ences in pros­per­i­ty and liv­ing stan­dards be­tween EU Mem­ber States and re­gions and there­by pro­mote eco­nom­ic and so­cial co­he­sion. The BVA im­ple­ment­ed 20 ESF sup­port pro­grammes on be­half of three fed­er­al min­istries with a to­tal bud­get of two bil­lion eu­ros in the 2007-2013 pe­ri­od.

Fur­ther­more, Di­rec­torate-Gen­er­al ZMV as­sumes a great di­ver­si­ty of dif­fer­ent tasks. These over 45 ser­vices in­clude the fol­low­ing:

A new task is pro­cess­ing state­ments of sup­port for the so-called Eu­ro­pean Cit­i­zens' Ini­tia­tive. Since 1 April 2012 EU cit­i­zens can in­flu­ence the work of the Eu­ro­pean Union through a com­mon ini­tia­tive. This in­stru­ment was laid down in the Treaty of Lis­bon to de­ci­sive­ly strength­en the par­tic­i­pa­tion of EU cit­i­zens in EU pol­i­cy pro­cess­es, thus bring­ing the com­mu­ni­ty clos­er to its cit­i­zens.

The In­for­ma­tion Agen­cy for Per­sons Work­ing abroad and Em­i­grants pub­lish­es a broad range of brochures in the field of em­i­gra­tion. It pro­vides em­i­grants and Ger­mans work­ing abroad to a cer­tain ex­tent with in­for­ma­tion on for­eign law.

The Fed­er­al Pres­i­dent con­grat­u­lates cit­i­zens at spe­cial an­niver­saries. The BVA pre­pares these let­ters – in co­op­er­a­tion with cities, towns, and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties – and or­ga­nizes god­par­ent­hoods for fam­i­lies with many chil­dren. Fur­ther­more, the BVA is in­volved in award­ing dis­tinc­tions pre­sent­ed by the Fed­er­al Pres­i­dent to long-es­tab­lished as­so­ci­a­tions.

On be­half of the Fed­er­al For­eign Of­fice, the BVA cer­ti­fies sig­na­tures on Ger­man pub­lic doc­u­ments which are to be used abroad (in cur­rent­ly 20 coun­tries). Fur­ther­more, it is­sues apos­tilles on doc­u­ments from fed­er­al au­thor­i­ties and fed­er­al courts for use in coun­tries to be­come par­ties to the Hague Con­ven­tion to con­firm the au­then­tic­i­ty of sig­na­tures and seals.

An­oth­er task is to en­sure the le­git­i­mate use of the na­tion­al em­blem, the ea­gle. The na­tion­al em­blem and the of­fi­cial flag of the Fed­er­al Re­pub­lic of Ger­many may on­ly be used by fed­er­al au­thor­i­ties or for of­fi­cial pur­pos­es. Any oth­er use by busi­ness­es, as­so­ci­a­tions or cit­i­zens re­quires the pre­vi­ous per­mis­sion of the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

In to­tal, the ZMV staff car­ry out more than 45 dif­fer­ent tasks with an an­nu­al bud­get of over one bil­lion eu­ros.


Christoph Hübenthal (Head)


50728 Köln


Christoph Hübenthal
Phone: +49 (0) 22899 358-4221
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