Ulf Böge

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Ulf Böge (born January 22, 1942 in Eberswalde ) is a German economist . He was President of the Federal Cartel Office from 1999 to 2007 .

Life and education

Ulf Böge spent his childhood and youth in Staffelstein , Franconia , Bamberg and then Mainz / Wiesbaden, from where he first went to Mainz in 1964 to study economics and later to Bonn. After graduating in 1968, he became a research assistant at the Chair of Economics and Public Finance at the University of Mainz , specializing in economic theory, competition theory and public finance . In 1971 he received his doctorate.


After completing his doctorate, Böge went to the Federal Ministry of Economics , where he became a consultant for competition policy in 1972 . In 1976, Böge moved to the Office of the Federal President under Federal President Walter Scheel as head of the department for the entire economy . After leaving office as Federal President, Böge became head of his office in 1979. He held a number of positions in economic policy areas until the mid-1990s, before becoming head of the energy policy department in 1997 and the economic policy department in the Federal Ministry of Economics in 1998 . Böge played a key role in the adoption of the European Energy Charter (1993), an international law treaty mainly between the EU and EFTA countries as well as Russia and the successor states of the Soviet Union, and within the EU in the liberalization of the European electricity and gas markets (1998)

In 2000, Böge took over the Cartel Office, which had just moved from Berlin to Bonn when he took office, from Dieter Wolf , whose President Böge was appointed as the first non-lawyer in January 2000. In 2000 he became Deputy Chairman of the Competition Committee (CC) at the OECD, Paris and from 2004 Chairman of the Steering Group of the International Competition Network (ICN), which he established together with Mario Monti, the Commissioner responsible for competition issues in the EU Commission and the American colleagues initiated. He was succeeded at the head of the Federal Cartel Office in April 2007 by the President of the Federal Office for Economics and Export Control, Dr. Bernhard Heitzer , at.

Activity in the Federal Cartel Office

In the office of the competition guardian, Böge introduced the so-called bonus scheme in March 2000 to better combat cartel agreements and a year later a separate unit for cartel prosecution. He did not shy away from disputes with big banks , imposed fines against the largest industrial insurers after their collective bargaining agreements became known, as well as against the industry leaders in cement production in Germany, injunctions against a dominant energy supplier with regard to anti-competitive supply contracts on the basis of excessively long contract duration for the procurement of raw materials, as well as preventing the merger of Europe newspaper publisher with the highest circulation with half of the German television market. The relaxation of the press cartel rules , as planned by Federal Economics Minister Wolfgang Clement at the end of 2005, did not take place, largely because Böge opposed it.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. List of all decorations awarded by the Federal President for services to the Republic of Austria from 1952 (PDF; 6.9 MB)