The federal government’s commissioner for the east, Carsten Schneider, wants to pave the way for more top people from the east to get onto the executive floor. “The social management structures should be a reflection of the whole country, whether in business, science, the judiciary, politics or the media,” said the SPD politician of the German Press Agency. “That is not the case and also applies to East Germans who are not adequately represented in management positions.”

Schneider is this Wednesday at the presentation of the new study “The long way up” on the representation of East Germans in management positions. For years there have been complaints that this does not correspond to the East German population. The traffic light had stipulated in the coalition agreement to change this.

The coalition wants to set a good example in the federal administration, said Schneider. “For management structures, it is generally the case that decisions are made better when diverse experiences and perspectives are incorporated,” said Schneider.