The security expert Gerhard Schindler becomes the new head of the Federal Intelligence Service and enters the successor of the former BND President Ernst Uhrlau.The Federal Cabinet decided to appoint Schindler, as government spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters in Berlin. The 59-year-old FDP member is currently Head of Department of Public Safety at the Federal Ministry of the Interior and is considered an expert on terrorist and criminal networks. He will step down on 1 January 2012 start.
Praise came from the SPD for the appointment of Schindler. It was "professionally and personally is a good choice," said SPD parliamentary manager Thomas Oppermann. As chairman of the parliamentary control committee (PKG), he'll invite Schindler, imagine the supervisory committee in person next week.
The outgoing office Uhrlau was recently fallen because of the disappearance of construction plans for the new BND headquarters in the criticism. The 64-year-old goes into retirement for reasons of age.