Press Release

No. 05/17 – BGE on the path to merger. Dagmar Dehmer switches from Tagesspiegel newspaper to Corporate Communication for BGE

19 July 2017

The respected environmental journalist Dagmar Dehmer switches on 1 October from Tagesspiegel to the Bundesgesellschaft für Endlagerung (BGE). There she will take responsibility for the Corporate Communication Department.

Dagmar Dehmer has been working on the Tagesspiegel since January 2001. She reports in the politics editorial about environmental and sustainability topics. Her reporting fields also include the nuclear phase-out, the compromise for the final repository and the processes of site selection legislation. Most recently, Dagmar Dehmer ran the “Tagesspiegel Background Energy & Climate”. This specialist information service developed by Dehmer and her team was successfully launched onto the market in May.

Dagmar Dehmer sees her move to the BGE as an opportunity “of being deeply involved in a topic that remains in the centre of societal debate”.

The Corporate Communication Department reports directly to BGE Management. Dagmar Dehmer will report directly to Chair of the Board Ursula Heinen-Esser.

As well as the Press Office, the Department for Corporate Communication also deals with public relations work, the Info Centres at the sites and internal BGE communication.

The BGE is a federal government company in the Federal Environment Ministry business area. On 25 April 2017, the BGE took over responsibility from the Federal Office for Radiation Protection as operator of the Asse II shaft mine and the Konrad and Morsleben final repositories. Its other responsibilities include the search for a final repository particularly for heat-generating radioactive waste.

Managing Directors alongside Ursula Heinen-Esser (Chair) are Dr. Ewold Seeba (Deputy Chair) and Prof. Dr. Hans-Albert Lennartz (Commercial Managing Director).

The privately-run company of the Federal Government will exploit new opportunities to achieve project goals more effectively. The company will channel specialist expertise and exploit synergies. To serve this puropose, the Deutsche Gesellschaft zum Bau und Betrieb von Endlagern für Abfallstoffe mbH (DBE) [German Company for the Construction and Operation of Final Repositories for Waste Materials] and Asse GmbH will be merged with the BGE before the end of the year. This will ensure that the field of final storage remains completely under governmental responsibility. The primary priorities remain safety and expertise.


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