Reinhard Schweppe

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Reinhard Schweppe

Reinhard Schweppe (born April 2, 1949 in Altena , Westphalia ) is a former German diplomat .


Reinhard Schweppe studied law and economics at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg and the University of Hamburg with a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation . In 1971 he passed his first state examination in law and worked from 1972 to 1974 as a research assistant at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg. At the same time, he completed the legal preparatory service . In Freiburg he was 1973 with the work FBI and BKA : Federal Bureau of Investigation and Federal Criminal Police Office; a comparison of organization and competencies for the Doctor of Rights (Dr. iur.) doctorate . In 1974 he passed the second state examination in law.

Schweppe is a Protestant Christian . He is married to Margret Schweppe-Ebber and has three children.

Diplomatic service

In 1975 he joined the diplomatic service in the Foreign Office . After working at the Foreign Office in Bonn, he worked at the Embassy in South Africa (1977/80) and at the Permanent Mission to the European Communities (EC) in Brussels (1980/83). After working as a personal advisor to the State Secretary in the Foreign Office Andreas Meyer-Landrut from 1983 to 1986, he worked at the embassies in Washington, DC , USA , (1986/90) and New Delhi , India , (1990/93).

From 1993 to March 2003 he was employed at the Foreign Office in Bonn and Berlin. First he was head of a department in the European department until 1997 and then until 1999 head of a subdivision in the European department of the Foreign Office. In 1999 he became head of the European Department (Department E) of the Foreign Office in Bonn in the position of Ministerial Director.

From March 2003 to August 2007 Schweppe was ambassador in Warsaw , Poland . In August 2007 he became permanent representative of Germany to the United Nations and the other international organizations in Geneva . For the 2011/12 period he was elected for the presidency of the Permanent Council of the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) (President of the Governing Council of the UNCC).

Until 2019 he was a member of the Presidium of the German Society for the United Nations .

From October 2011 to June 30, 2014 he was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Holy See in Rome.

Schweppe then retired. On May 7, 2014, the federal cabinet decided to send Annette Schavan as his successor; she took over the post in July 2014.


honors and awards

Web links

Commons : Reinhard Schweppe  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  2. DGVN Presidium ( Memento from March 27, 2019 in the Internet Archive )
  3. Vatican Radio : “Pope to German Ambassador: Commitment to human life, commitment to women's rights” , November 7, 2011
  4. ^ Cabinet resolution : Schavan becomes ambassador to the Vatican., May 7, 2014, accessed May 7, 2014
  5. Robert Roßmann: Schavan is to become the German ambassador in the Vatican. Retrieved May 14, 2020 .
  6. List of all decorations awarded by the Federal President for services to the Republic of Austria from 1952 (PDF file; 6.59 MB)
predecessor Office successor
Frank Elbe German Ambassador in Warsaw, Poland
Michael Gerdts
Michael Steiner Permanent representative of Germany to the United Nations in Geneva
Hanns Heinrich Schumacher
Walter Jürgen Schmid German Ambassador to the Holy See
Annette Schavan