19. Political Influence

All significant input relating to legislative procedures, all entries in lobby lists, all significant payments of membership fees, all contributions to governments as well as all donations to political parties and politicians should be disclosed by country in a differentiated way.

According to its mission the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is independent and retains its neutrality against the interests of individual groups from politics, economy and society. For this reason the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft does not take part in lobbying-activities or political opinion building. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is listed as a “not for profit Organization“ in the transparency register of the European Union.

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is independent in its strategic orientation and derives its research planning from it. Being an independent state-funded organization, we retain our neutrality against the interests of individual groups from politics, industry, and society. We put special emphasis on an intensive exchange with our funding authorities, especially with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal Ministry of Defence.

Because of this no grants in terms of money or materials assets to political parties, politicians or other organizations connected to them were made.

Fraunhofer UMSICHT and individual employees are members of different subject-specific associations and committees. These memberships are not documented centrally. An overview of Fraunhofer UMSICHT Networks can be found on the Internet.