One of the most important responsibilities of the Minority Secretariat together with the Minority Council is to represent the interests of the autochthonous national minorities and ethnic groups in Germany. In addition to profiling and communicating the concerns, values and rights of the minorities to national and international political organs and committees, this involves in particular the establishment and maintenance of networks in politics, interest groups, academia and the media.
The Minority Secretariat represents the Minority Council and the individual minorities, functioning as a contact point for associations, organisations, press representatives, academics and other interested parties on questions relating to the national minorities in Germany, and it conducts publicity and lobbying work.
A key priority here for the Minority Secretariat is the regular flow of information on issues of current interest to the autochthonous minorities. The Minority Secretariat also takes part in meetings of commissions and committees (e.g. the National Minorities Discussion Group of the Interior Commission of the German Parliament, Consultative Committees on the Minorities at the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community), attends important events and undertakes preparatory factual and organisational work for discussions between the Minority Council and members of the German Parliament, the federal government and other stakeholders in minorities policy.
The Minority Secretariat assumes the following tasks and functions:
The current head of the Minority Secretariat in Germany is Gösta Nissen.
The Minority Secretariat is located atBundesallee 216-218 in Berlin. The Secretariat is supported by the German Federal Ministry of the Interrior and funded from the budget of the Federal Republic of Germany.