Frank Bielka (born October 22, 1947 in Berlin ) is a member of the board of directors of the Berlin housing cooperative IDEAL. From 2003 to 2014 he was a board member of Degewo, the largest housing association in Berlin with 75,000 apartments.
Life and work
Frank Bielka attended schools in Neukölln and Kreuzberg . In 1967 he graduated from high school and then began an apprenticeship as a businessman in a newspaper and magazine publisher. This was followed by a degree in business administration at the TU Berlin (1969–74).
After completing his studies, he worked as a research assistant for the SPD parliamentary group (1974–1979) and then as an advisor to the Senators for the Interior (1979–1981) and for construction and housing . His political career began as a district councilor for youth and sport in Berlin-Neukölln (1985–89). During this time, he made a significant contribution to a new building program for day-care centers and took care of the renovation of sports fields in the district. He was then district mayor of Berlin-Neukölln from 1989 until he moved to the state government in 1991 . In the course of reunification, he organized support for the East Berlin neighborhood of Treptow and established town twinning in the former Eastern Bloc, for example in Ústí nad Orlicí in the Czech Republic and in Pushkin near Saint Petersburg .
For twelve years he was State Secretary in the Senate Administration for Building and Housing (1991–1996), State Secretary in the Senate Administration for Finance (1996–1999) and then State Secretary in the Senate Administration for Urban Development (1999–2001), and in 2001 again State Secretary to become the Senate Department for Finance. Here he campaigned in particular for the Adlershof and Eldenaer Strasse development areas and developed a concept for the concentration of urban housing associations. Bielka initiated the construction of the red info box on Leipziger Platz and developed a concept for the state of Berlin's innovative real estate fund . In addition, he was responsible for the renovation of the Berlin Olympic Stadium .
At Degewo, he played a key role in the urban redevelopment project in Marzahn . From November 2002 to the end of 2009, Degewo tore down around 3,500 apartments in Marzahn and converted 1,160. The educational associations in Gropiusstadt and Brunnenviertel were also founded on Bielka's initiative . Under his leadership, the principle of urban return was introduced for the first time in the housing industry at Degewo.
Under Frank Bielka, Degewo also advanced the energetic modernization of its holdings. In Gropiusstadt and Marienfelde, the company has been investing a total of around 200 million euros since 2010 to renovate the apartments and residential buildings. At the same time, Degewo pushed the topic of new buildings in Berlin during Bielka's tenure. In 2011 the company announced that it wanted to build new buildings on land from its own portfolio. To this end, an urban development competition was held in Gropiusstadt, which identified the potential for up to 400 apartments.
In May 2014, Degewo was the first municipal housing company to submit applications for housing subsidies to the State of Berlin. In the same month, the first tenants moved into the completed new building in Mariengrün ( Berlin-Marienfelde ). Further projects are under construction.
Frank Bielka is married and has three children.
He was one of the leading figures in the Britzer Kreis and was one of the most influential politicians in the city during his time as district chairman and spokesman for this right-wing circle. Bielka's position was favored by the Berlin suffrage with the district lists for the House of Representatives . In his function as district chairman, he had an influence on the composition of the House of Representatives. The SPD base prevented Walter Momper from entering the Berlin House of Representatives in 1995 .
His change in 2003 from politics to business, to the board of directors of the largest Berlin housing association degewo, which is still owned by the city, sparked intense discussions. The main point of criticism was the fact that Frank Bielka had previously been chairman of the supervisory board of degewo in his role as state secretary and that shortly before his move there was an increase in the management board's remuneration. Bielka was exposed not only to criticism from the opposition, but also from within his own ranks, but his salary was not set by himself, but by the new chairman of the supervisory board and was lower than that of his predecessor.
In connection with the Adlershofer Tor construction project and the acceptance of free tickets for the Hertha BSC VIP lounge , Frank Bielka initially came under fire and was also targeted by the public prosecutor's office. In July 2006, the investigation was closed because of suspicion of corruption in connection with the “Adlershofer Tor” project. In 2007 the Berlin public prosecutor exonerated Frank Bielka from the allegation of infidelity. The investigation had revealed neither corrupt behavior nor any other selfish behavior by Frank Bielka. Rather, his efforts were emphasized to avoid endangering the Berlin state budget and to reduce the project-related risk for the city.
Frank Bielka played a key role in the austerity policy implemented by Finance Senator Annette Fugmann-Heesing .
Questionable information policy
During his time as State Secretary, Frank Bielka answered the minor question from MP Barbara Oesterheld on the subject of “ Asbestos is still a secret issue”. At the time, he saw no need to inform tenants about Floorflex panels containing asbestos . In response to question no. 3 from Ms. Oesterheld, "How have tenants been informed about the proper use of these flex plates in the past?", Frank Bielka replied: "Since there is no risk when the landlord's property is handled properly, there is no tenant information."
Some tenants removed the asbestos-containing floors without realizing the dangers. In 2018, the Berlin regional court reprimanded Degewo for this inadequate information policy.
- Frank Bielka and Christoph Beck: responsibility for the city. Contributions for a new togetherness. B&S Siebenhaar Verlag, Berlin 2011, ISBN 978-3-943132-16-8 .
- Frank Bielka and Christoph Beck: home of the large housing estate - 50 years of Gropiusstadt. Nicolai Verlag, Berlin 2012, ISBN 978-3-89479-738-6 .
- Frank Bielka and Eduard Heußen: “It takes a long time to change social structures”. In: Montag Foundation for Urban Spaces (Ed.): New partners for district development. Pp. 84-91. trancript Verlag, Bielefeld 2013, ISBN 978-3-8376-2664-3 .
- Degewo (Ed.): 90 years of degewo. More city. More life. Special edition tenant magazine, 2014.
- Degewo (ed.): Berlin tile pictures. Children design their urban space, reading books and documentation. 2014.
- Chronicle of the turning point
- Frank Bielka: Social City - Responsibility for the Neighborhoods . (PDF; 1.9 MB) In: The Social City Program - Smart urban development funding for the future of cities , Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung , October 2010
- Largest municipal housing association Degewo is reducing its debts . In: Berliner Morgenpost , July 18, 2007
- Investigation against Bielka suspended . In: Der Tagesspiegel , September 15, 2007
- Capital discussion group . In: Berliner Morgenpost , July 15, 2010
- Every generation has space here . In: Berliner Morgenpost , August 11, 2010
- Robust benches for Gropiusstadt . In: Berliner Zeitung , August 11, 2010
- That makes me flush with anger . In: Berliner Morgenpost , March 20, 2011; interview
- Does the rent policy promote social and societal exclusion? In: Der Tagesspiegel , May 20, 2012
- There are no suburbs . In: taz , October 16, 2012; interview
- Degewo calls for more new apartments in the city center Interview Berliner Morgenpost from March 17, 2014
- Michaela Liebezeit: Marzahn today: "More modern, more attractive and more appealing than ever before". (No longer available online.) In: BBU. January 27, 2010, formerly in the original ; Retrieved September 20, 2010 . ( Page no longer available , search in web archives ) Info: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- Frank Bielka, Christoph Beck: Responsibility for the city. Contributions for a new togetherness . B&S Siebenhaar Verlag, Berlin 2011, ISBN 978-3-943132-16-8 and: Frank Bielka, Anja Schwerk: Five theses on the strategic embedding of CSR in the company using the example of degewo . In: Klaus Lederer, Berit Sandberg (ed.): Corporate Social Responsibility in Municipal Enterprises , VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, Wiesbaden 2011, ISBN 978-3-531-17813-4
- Education is also a locational advantage. (No longer available online.) In: blz, the members' magazine of GEW Berlin. October 1, 2008, formerly in the original ; Retrieved September 20, 2010 . ( Page no longer available , search in web archives ) Info: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- Jeanette Otto: The migrants emigrate - The migrants emigrate… . In: Die Zeit , No. 18/2008
- Joachim Schwalbach : City return - the value of a company for the city. (PDF; 204 kB) (No longer available online.) In: Immobilienwirtschaft und Stadtentwicklung. December 1, 2006, formerly in the original ; Retrieved September 20, 2010 . ( Page no longer available , search in web archives ) Info: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- Small question no. 14/219 by Member of Parliament Barbara Oesterheld. In: Berlin House of Representatives. April 1, 2000, accessed November 23, 2019 .
- Graun7 - unwanted exposure to asbestos. In: asbest-berlin.de. January 20, 1994. Retrieved November 23, 2019 .
- Ulrich Paul: Asbestos in apartments: tenants can now claim damages. In: archiv.berliner-zeitung.de. May 14, 2018, accessed November 23, 2019 .
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German politician (SPD), CEO of DeGeWo|
|DATE OF BIRTH||October 22, 1947|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Berlin|