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Carsten Pillath

Dr Carsten Pillath
State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance
Date of appointment


Carsten Pillath holds a doctorate in economics and began working at the Federal Ministry of Finance in 1991, as a policy officer in the division for federal holdings and the Treuhandanstalt. From 1993 to 1995, he was the assistant to the German executive director at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. He then returned to the Federal Finance Ministry, where he worked as a policy officer in the division for general financial issues of international policy and in the division for European monetary issues until 1998. He subsequently headed the Federal Chancellery’s division for foreign trade, money and currency policy, financial markets and multinational organisations, the directorate for foreign trade policy and sherpa staff, and the directorate for coordinating European policy. In 2003, he again returned to the Federal Ministry of Finance, where he was first appointed head of the directorate for general issues of European policy, general financial issues relating to European policies and European cohesion policy, and then, from 2005 to 2008, director-general for European policy. In 2008, he moved to the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, where he was the director-general for economic and social affairs until 2012 and, from 2012 onwards, director-general for economic affairs and competitiveness. In January 2022, Dr Pillath was appointed state secretary for European policy, international financial policy and financial market policy at the Federal Ministry of Finance.

Dr Pillath is married with two children.

  Alternate Director: Mr Wilfried Steinheuer