The staff of the administration/central services department sees to it that all internal and external services of the German Wine Institute run smoothly - from telecommunication to monetary transactions or accounting, as well as management of the institute's wine cellars.
External audit section
Contraction/ Support programme
Central services section
Initial telephone contact with the wine institute is handled by Helga Simmons-Bilgin. She is in charge of the switchboard and ensures that all calls are forwarded to the appropriate person and/or department.Written contact with the wine institute is handled by Dirk Böttcher. He is in charge of incoming and outgoing mail (letters as well as packages).
Behind the scenes, the staff sees to it that debits and credits are balanced. Jens Schneider, director of the department, is responsible for the budget; assigning and monitoring external audits; and handling personnel matters.
He is assisted by Stanislava Dikova, deputy director and head of the financial section. She prepares budgets, draws up balances, and deals with matters concerning information technology.
Florian Schmitt and Walter Härtel are “traveling auditors,” who personally ensure that contributions to the German Wine Fund have been duly paid (according to §43 of the German wine law).
Nicola Wantzen and Laura Andrijauskaite are responsible for all bookkeeping tasks. They monitor accounts; prepare monthly and annual statements of accounts; and handle all monetary transactions.
Marc Binz leads the legal department and advises the colleagues on all legal matters relating to contracts. In addition, he and Natalia Baranow support all departments in questions of procurement procedures and the topic of "De Minimis"-subsidies.