Thomas Bareiß, Parliamentary State Secretary

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Born on 15 February 1975 in Albstadt-Ebingen, Baden-Württemberg.

Member of the German Bundestag since 2005.


Since 1 April 2020
Federal Government Commissioner for SMEs

Since December 2018
Member of the CDU Federal Executive Committee (Bundesvorstand)

Since 11 April 2018
Federal Government Commissioner for Tourism

Since 14 March 2018
Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

1999- 2005
Assistant to the Managing Director and Director of Controlling, ICT, and internal organisation at a textile company, Meßstetten

1995 – 1998
Degree in business studies, Vocational Academy of Ravensburg

In his capacity as Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Thomas Bareiß is acting as a political representative of the Federal Minister, in particular vis-à-vis the Bundestag and the parliamentary groups.

As the Federal Government Commissioner for Tourism, Thomas Bareiß coordinates and directs tourism-related initiatives and programmes designed to provide the right environment for the German tourism industry and strengthen the attractiveness of destination Germany.

As Commissioner for SMEs, he is committed to further strengthening competitiveness, innovative strength and employment among small and medium-sized businesses. Promoting SMEs is a task that is particularly close to his heart. This notably includes attracting skilled workers, reducing bureaucracy, and facilitating business start-ups and business succession. In addition, Thomas Bareiß will continue to promote the SME strategy launched by Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier, which is designed to enable Germany to value SMEs more, to strengthen their opportunities, and to ease the burden on them. He will do this in a way that takes account of today’s challenges of digitisation, demographic change and climate change.