Members of German parliament visit humedica headquarters

by SRI, 2011/02/04

The humedica team at the headquarters in Kaufbeuren is pleased about every guest, but still, we do not often receive guests from the German parliament in Berlin. Correspondingly great was our pleasure to welcome the two Members of Parliament Stephan Thomae (Kempten) and Marina Schuster (Greding) of the Free Democratic Party (FDP). Charlotte Brendel, FDP member and city council of Kaufbeuren, joined the visit.

Conclusion photo after an interesting encounter: Charlotte Brendel, Bernd Herger, Marina Schuster and Stephan Thomae (from left to right). Photo: humedica/SRI

The three politicians had taken out about 90 minutes of their time which were taken full advantage of. Ms Schuster, Ms Brendel and Mr Thomae were provided with a lot of information. Due to their vitae and their working fields, the two full-time politicians in particular are often dealing with issues associated with humanitarian aid.

Above all Marina Schuster, who has been a Member of Parliament since 2005, is committed in several relevant committees in the framework of her political work. She is a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, of the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid, and furthermore a spokeswoman and chairlady of the FDP Bundestag faction for human rights and humanitarian aid.

Also the professional jurist Stephan Thomae is familiar with commitments in the field of humanitarian aid and development cooperation both in theory and in practice: after a stay in India, he became a founding member of the German-Indian Law Association and held the position of President of the association for a period of five years.

The Department for International Projects and Progammes (IPP), represented by Andrea Trautmann, Florian Klinner, Verena Göttlich, Patrick Khamadi and Lydia Koch, presented in particular the humedica projects in Haiti, Pakistan, Niger and Benin which are supported by the German Federal Foreign Office to the interested politicians.

The visit of the FDP delegation was concluded with a tour around the humedica headquarters. The delegation furthermore had brought a letter from Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle to Wolfgang Groß, which - due to the absence of the humedica CEO -was handed over to his deputy Bernd Herger. The Foreign Minister had recently planned to visit the humedica projects in Pakistan, but unfortunately he had to cancel his visit due to bad weather.

The humedica team would like to thank Marina Schuster, Charlotte Brendel and Stephan Thomae for their visit. We wish them all the best for their careers and private lives.

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