Joachim Pfeiffer

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Joachim Pfeiffer, 2013

Joachim Pfeiffer (born April 25, 1967 in Mutlangen ) is a German politician ( CDU ). He has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2002 and has been the economic and energy policy spokesman for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group since 2014 .

Life and work

Joachim Pfeiffer was born on April 25, 1967 in Mutlangen. After finishing secondary school, Pfeiffer switched to the commercial high school in Schwäbisch Gmünd and graduated from high school in 1986. From 1986 to 1988 Pfeiffer completed his military service training to become a reserve officer in the Bundeswehr. His rank is captain of the reserve.

In 1988 Pfeiffer began studying technically oriented business administration with a focus on transport at the University of Stuttgart , which he graduated in 1992 with a degree in business administration. During his studies he received a scholarship from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation . He also became a member of the facultative striking and color-bearing Stuttgart fraternity Alemannia . In 1997 he became a Dr. rer. pole. at the University of Stuttgart with the thesis “The legal form decision of the public waste disposal authorities in the field of waste disposal in Baden-Württemberg”.

From 1992 to 1997 Pfeiffer worked for Energie -versorgung Schwaben . From 1997 to 2002 he headed the Stuttgart Economic and Employment Promotion and has been working as a freelance consultant in his company Dr. Joachim Pfeiffer Consulting . Pfeiffer has been a part-time lecturer for energy policy at the Institute for Energy Economics and Rational Energy Use (IER) at the University of Stuttgart since 2006.

Joachim Pfeiffer has three sons.

Political career

In 1982 Pfeiffer joined the Junge Union as a student . Three years later, in 1985, he became a member of the CDU. From 1990 to 1994 he was district chairman of the Junge Union Rems-Murr.

From 1992 to 1999 Pfeiffer was a member of the municipal council of his home community Urbach , and since 1994 a member of the regional assembly of the Stuttgart Region Association . Pfeiffer has been chairman of the CDU parliamentary group in the Stuttgart Region Association since 1996. From 1997 to 1999 he was a representative of the Baden-Württemberg State Association in the German Council of the Junge Union. Pfeiffer has been district chairman of the CDU Rems-Murr since 2000. From 2003 to 2009 he was an assessor in the state executive committee of the CDU Baden-Württemberg .

In 2002 Pfeiffer became a member of the German Bundestag and since then has always been a directly elected member of the Waiblingen constituency in the Bundestag. In the 2013 Bundestag election , he achieved 51.5% (2009: 43.0%) of the first votes. From 2005 to 2009 he was coordinator for energy issues and deputy economic policy spokesman for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group , and since November 2009 he has been chairman of the business and technology working group (renamed “Business and Energy” since January 2014). He has been the economic policy spokesman since 2009 and economic and energy policy spokesman for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group since 2013.

Joachim Pfeiffer has been a member of the Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly since 2019 .


Joachim Pfeiffer is a representative of economically liberal politics. He regards arms exports as a legitimate means of enforcing German security interests. In the debate on the export of arms to Saudi Arabia in July 2011 , Pfeiffer advocated sales for political and economic reasons. On the fringes of a visit to Riyadh in June 2012, he again defended the sale of Leopard 2 tanks , saying that this gave "the opportunity to address our ideas about security policy and human rights ".

Energy policy and climate protection

As the economic policy spokesman for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group in 2010, he spoke out in favor of a significantly longer remaining service life for German nuclear power plants . He not only rejected the 32-year term decided by the previous red-green government, but also the 40-year term proposed by his parliamentary group colleague Norbert Röttgen and described a term of 60 years as "internationally common". In April 2011, after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, he moved from his previous position and said it was a fact “that 80 percent of voters are currently of the opinion that we need to get out sooner. That is why we politicians have the task of finding the way there. ”A quick abandonment of nuclear power for political reasons is possible, but has its price. In 2019, he again questioned the nuclear phase-out and said that he and the Union parliamentary group would not fail to operate nuclear power plants in the future either. Government spokesman Seibert then contradicted this statement and stated that the nuclear phase-out would be implemented as decided.

In 2019 he emerged as a critic of climate protection measures . The debate about climate protection in Germany is "alarmist" and "barely tolerable", and "the supposed climate protection" has become "a kind of substitute religion" for many citizens. "

Pfeiffer has repeatedly expressed criticism about the financial effects of promoting renewable energies . In October 2013 he criticized that the costs had "got out of hand", in January 2014 he said that "electricity consumers should not be able to subsidize renewable energies". The end of the subsidy should "come sooner rather than later". In November 2016 he said that the energy turnaround would be jeopardized by the "excessive support for renewable energies" and that this support must be finite.

In June 2017, Pfeiffer's article in the German-language Wikipedia was edited by a computer from the German Bundestag. Among other things, a sentence was deleted that Pfeiffer is considered a proponent of the use of nuclear power plants. Instead, it was added that Pfeiffer was pushing “for a quick market launch of renewable energies.” Pfeiffer explained that outdated functions and positions were “updated”.

Social policy

In 2019 he criticized the social benefits in Germany. The German state "pours the people with money" and affords "too much social climate in an all-round supply state". This statement, and in particular the phrase "social climate", which many perceived to be derogatory, aroused great criticism and outrage among others from the SPD, opposition parties and social associations. SPD party leader Andrea Nahles accused Pfeiffer, among other things, of lacking "respect for the life's work of normal people", while a representative of the German Trade Union Confederation accused him of having "completely lost touch with the reality of many people's lives". Criticism of the choice of words also came from the CDU.

In May 2020, the Working Group on Economy and Energy of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group - a 17-member group of parliamentarians led by Pfeiffer - called for the minimum wage (2020: 9.35 euros gross / per hour) to be reduced or at least due to the COVID-19 pandemic suspend an increase planned for the following year. Pfeiffer also wants to change the Working Hours Act. Accordingly, it says in the paper called "Growth Program for Germany": "In general, a daily maximum working time of 48 hours should be used, which applies in both collective and non-collective-bargaining companies." The demand led to sharp criticism within the CDU as well as from other parties. SPD leader Saskia Esken wrote on Twitter : "Anyone who, like the CDU, applauds the cashiers, nurses and parcel deliverers from the balcony on Sunday and then wants to deny them the minimum wage during the week or withhold urgent increases, is simply acting shabbily." The CDU party chairman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and General Secretary Paul Ziemiak also distanced themselves within hours with the statements "Hands off the minimum wage" and the declaration that "lowering the minimum wage is not a position of the CDU in Germany at all". Pfeiffer reiterated his rejection and said: "We do not want a political minimum wage".

Tobacco advertising

Alongside Volker Kauder, Joachim Pfeiffer is primarily responsible within the Union for the failure of a new regulation on tobacco advertising in the 2013–2017 legislative period. In December 2019, the Union parliamentary group in the Bundestag decided by a large majority against the will of Pfeiffer and the economic wing to advocate a tobacco advertising ban.


In December 2015, Pfeiffer pleaded in the Stuttgarter Nachrichten for the "left lobby group" Campact to be deprived of its non-profit status. In February 2018, he described Deutsche Umwelthilfe as “a semi-criminal association” because it operates as a warning association.

Pfeiffer is in favor of limited legalization of cannabis .


Pfeiffer is a full member of the Economic and Energy Committee and a deputy member of the Defense Committee .

Functions in companies

  • Getec Wärme & efficiency AG, Magdeburg, member of the real estate advisory board
  • Society for Housing and Commercial Buildings Baden-Württemberg AG, Stuttgart, member of the advisory board
  • Initium AG Consulting and Management, Schorndorf, member of the supervisory board
  • Leadvise Region Mitte GmbH, Darmstadt, member of the advisory board
  • Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart GmbH, Stuttgart, member of the supervisory board
  • Administration Tophi Warenhandel AG, Ostrau, member of the supervisory board
  • Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation (WRS), Stuttgart, member of the supervisory board

Functions in corporations and institutions under public law

Memberships and functions in clubs, associations and foundations

  • Federal Association of Entrepreneurs' Associations (BUV), Berlin, member of the advisory board
  • The family entrepreneurs - ASU eV, Berlin, member of the strategic advisory board
  • Forum Region Stuttgart eV, Stuttgart, member of the Board of Trustees (until December 31, 2015)
  • Society for the Study of Structural Policy Issues eV, Berlin, Chairman of the Advisory Board for Economics and Business Law
  • Institut der deutschen Immobilienwirtschaft eV (iddiw), Frankfurt / Main, member of the advisory board
  • Institute for Cultural Diplomacy eV (ICD), Berlin, member of the advisory board
  • Landesverband Württembergischer Karnevalvereine eV 1958, Stuttgart, assessor in the legal committee
  • Packaging Excellence Region Stuttgart eV Competence center for packaging and automation technology, Waiblingen, member of the advisory board
  • Sportkreis Rems-Murr eV, Backnang, member of the advisory board
  • Energy & Climate Protection Foundation , Karlsruhe, member of the Board of Trustees
  • Theaterhaus Stuttgart Foundation, Stuttgart, member of the Board of Trustees
  • Europe Union Germany


  • Josef Göppel , Joachim Pfeiffer: Economy through nature - ways to more employment with market economy environmental protection . Mankau-Verlag, Murnau 2005, ISBN 3-9809565-8-X ´

Web links

Commons : Joachim Pfeiffer  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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