Germany awards OECD's Tangermann Order of Merit


10/12/2007 - Stefan Tangermann, the OECD's Director of Trade and Agriculture, has been awarded Germany's Order of Merit (First Class) for his outstanding accomplishments as scientist and political adviser.

The Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) is awarded by the Federal Republic for lifetime achievements for the public good in political, socio-economic and intellectual domains. Professor Tangermann was awarded the Order of Merit by Germany's President, Horst Köhler, and received the award from the German Ambassador to the OECD, Dr. Matei Hoffmann.  

Appointed Director of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries at the OECD in 2002, Professor Tangermann became head of  the newly-formed Trade and Agriculture Directorate in 2006.  He has been professor of agricultural economics at the University of Göttingen since 1980 and a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture in Germany since 1976.

From 1994 to 2000, Professor  Tangermann was a member of the Science Council of Germany, a high-level body appointed by the President of the Federal Republic. He is a member of the Academy of Science at Göttingen. Professor Tangermann's numerous books and articles have contributed to the international debate on agricultural policies and trade.

For further information journalists are invited to contact the OECD's Media Division (tel: + 331 4524 9700).


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