Christian Schmidt

High Representative since August 1, 2021

  • Federal Minister (former)
  • Member of the German Bundestag since 1990
  • Member of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs and rapporteur for the Western Balkan States
  • Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture from 17 February 2014 to 14 March 2018
  • Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development from 2013 to 2014
  • Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Defense from 2005 to 2013
  • Chairman of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group for Defense 2002-2005
  • Chairman of the Parliamentary Working Group for Foreign Policy, Defense and European Affairs for the CSU Parliamentary Group 1991- 2002
  • Representing CSU Parliamentary Group in the Western Balkans advisory circle of Chancellor Helmut Kohl from 1992 to 1998
  • President of the German Atlantic Association since 2006
  • Vice-Chair of the Hanns-Seidel-Foundation since 2018
  • Treasurer and member of the Presidency of the European People’s Party
  • Vice-Chair of the CSU from 2011 to 2017
  • Born in 1957 in Obernzenn (Franconia); married, father of two children
  • Lawyer by profession; University of Erlangen and University of Lausanne