Federal Republic of Germany
When the ROC was founded in 1994, the German Federal Government became the second largest shareholder, with 35%. This places a highly visible national cultural policy emphasis in the capital city. At performances abroad by the ROC ensembles, the government benefits from the ROC functioning as ambassador. In 1998, in order to pool federal government competencies in cultural politics, the supreme federal authority of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media (BKM) was initiated, headquartered in Berlin and Bonn. Claudia Roth has been the German Undersecretary for Culture and the Media since December 2021.