Helmuth Markov

Helmuth Markov ( born June 5, 1952 in Leipzig ) is a German politician (The Left ) and from 1999 to 2009 Member of the European Parliament. Since 2009 he has been Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance was initially and since January 2014 the Minister of Justice of the State of Brandenburg.

Life and career

Helmuth Markov is the son of German historian Walter Markov ( 1909-1993 ). After graduating from high school with vocational training as a bookseller in 1970 Markov completed his engineering studies at the Polytechnic Institute in Kiev, which he finished in 1976 as a graduate engineer in electrical drives and automation of industrial plants. He then worked as an employee in the International Trade license from 1978 to 1990 as head of research and development of electronic systems in the VEB locomotive Electrical works ( LEW ) Hennig village. In 1984 his doctorate engineer.

From 1990 to 2002, Managing Director of Markov Eltese GmbH Stolpe and from 1998 to 2004 Director of the LE -W Hot Water Systems GmbH Hennig village. In addition, Helmuth Markov judo coach at Hennigsdorfer Judo club.

Helmuth Markov is married and has three children.


Markov was a member of the SED in 1973 and from 1993 to 1995 Chairman of the PDS National Association Brandenburg.

Member of Parliament

From 1990 to 1999 Markov belonged to the Landtag of Brandenburg.

From the European elections of 1999 he was a member of the European Parliament. Here he was treasurer of the GUE / NGL Group. He was from February 1, 2007 Chairman of the Committee on International Trade, deputy member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism and a member of the temporary committee on policy challenges and budgetary means of the enlarged Union 2007-2013. He was a member of the delegations for relations with the Ukraine and Moldavia. Since 2009 he is a member of the Federal Council for the State of Brandenburg.

Minister in Brandenburg

Markov was appointed as successor by Rainer Speer as Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister of Brandenburg on November 6, 2009. Markov is the first finance minister in Germany, a member of the party DIE LINKE.

Markov's central task as finance minister was the consolidation of the Brandenburg state budget, that is, the reduction in net borrowing. As a politician, his left hand he stood here before the challenge, on the one hand sustainably reduce the expenditure of the country, including in particular also a drastic reduction in the number of employees in the state administration, on the other hand to make a financial policy that can still recognize that they of a politician left is responsible.

With regard to the reduction of the workforce Markov has voted with the continuation of the human resource planning the way, in addition to savings targets for the first time provide a setting range for young talent for general non-technical state administration for 10 years.

Since 25 March 2011, he is one of four representatives of the state of Brandenburg in the Supervisory Board of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH.

On 16 December 2013, the party DIE LINKE announced that Markov will succeed the recently retired Justice Minister Volkmar Schöneburg. On January 21, 2014, he was appointed by the Prime Minister and put tomorrow before the Diet his oath of office.

See also: Cabinet Platzeck III and Cabinet Woidke