Tobias Josef Zech
Tobias Zech 2009
Member of the Bundestag
for Bavaria
In office
25 May 2020 – 19 March 2021
Preceded byAstrid Freudenstein
Succeeded byBernd Fabritius
In office
22 October 2013 – 24 October 2017
Personal details
Born (1981-07-09) 9 July 1981 (age 39)
Trostberg, Bavaria, Germany
NationalityGerman
Political partyChristian Social Union of Bavaria
OccupationPolitician

Tobias Josef Zech (born 9 July 1981) is a German politician of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) who served as a member of the Bundestag from 2013 until 2017 and from 2020 until 2021.[1]

Early life and career

Zech was born in Trostberg. After receiving vocational training at Edeka, Zech was a contract soldier in a combat company in Brannenburg. Since 2009 he studied business administration in Munich University of Applied Sciences and joined EADS in Munich in 2010. Then Zech was a project manager of the Commercial Ludwig Bolkow research campus.

Political career

In 2002, Zech was elected to the regional council of Garching an der Alz, where since 2007 worked as a tourism consultant and since 2008 as a fraction chairman of the CSU. In 2009 he was elected as a district chairman of the CSU Garching as well as regional chairman of the Junge Union of Altötting, since 2011 he worked as a regional Chairman of the Junge Union of Upper Bavaria's largest regional association of the Junge Union of Germany.

From 2013 until 2017 Zech served as a Member of the German Bundestag, where he was a full member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and for Economic Cooperation and Development, and a deputy member of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Sustainable Development. On the Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development, he served as rapporteur on China, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, North Korea, South Korea, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

From 2014, Zech was also a member of the German delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), where he served on the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination; the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy; the Committee on Rules of Procedure, Immunities and Institutional Affairs; and the Sub-Committee on the Middle East and the Arab World.[2] He served as the Assembly's rapporteur on Lebanon. [3]

Zech returned to the Bundestag in May 2020, when he succeeded Astrid Freudenstein.[4]

In March 2021 Zech became part of a political scandal.[5] On 19 March 2021, he resigned from the Bundestag due to allegations related to Azerbaijan's "Caviar diplomacy" [6] and for receiving a large sum to campaign for former Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski.[7] He continued business relations with that country through cannabis-related company PharmCann Deutschland AG.[8]

Other activities

Political positions

In June 2017, Zech voted against his parliamentary group’s majority and in favor of same-sex marriage.[9]

Personal life

Zech is a Roman Catholic; he is married and has two children.

References

  1. ^ Sven Becker, Martin Knobbe, Sven Röbel, Gerald Traufetter, Keno Verseck and Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt (18 March 2021), Lobbyismus: Weiterer CSU-Abgeordneter tritt zurück Der Spiegel.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 February 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ heimatzeitung.de. "Zech in den Bundestag?". heimatzeitung.de. Retrieved 27 September 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Tobias Zech wieder im Bundestag Passauer Neue Presse, 15 May 2020.
  5. ^ Welt.de: Abgeordneter Zech legt Bundestagsmandat und Parteiämter nieder (german), March 2021
  6. ^ "Aserbaidschan-Affäre: Der Diktator, die CDU, der Moderator und das Geld". www.vice.com (in German). Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  7. ^ German conservative MP quits over conflict of interest allegation politico.eu, 19 March 2021.
  8. ^ Tobias Zech und sein Auftrag aus Skopje (german) Der Spiegel, 18 March 2021.
  9. ^ Diese Unionsabgeordneten stimmten für die Ehe für alle Die Welt, 30 June 2017.