In 2018, the Federal Government Commissioner for the New Länder, Christian Hirte, also Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi), appointed Jutta Günther to the German-Korean Consultative Body for Unification Issues.
The committee, founded in 2010, meets once a year for several days, alternately in Berlin and Seoul, under the joint chairmanship of the Federal Commissioner for the New Länder and the Vice-Minister of the South Korean Ministry for Unification. The consultation meetings focus on selected economic, administrative and social issues related to reunification.
For more than 15 years, Jutta Günther's academic work has dealt with the effects of transformation on the East German economy and with the design and effects of funding policy. She brings her academic expertise to the consultations. Thereby, she benefits from the scientific insights gained in the reseach consortium "Mod-Block-DDR".
Further members of the German-Korean Consultative Body include among others Lothar de Maizière (former Prime Minister of the GDR), Iris Gleicke (former Federal Government Commissioner for the New Länder), Michael Hollmann (Head of the Federal Archives), Roland Jahn (Federal Commissioner for the Documentation of the State Security Service of the former GDR), Karl-Heinz Paqué (University of Magdeburg), Johannes Ludewig (Chairman of the National Standards Control Council, former Chairman of the Board of Deutsche Bahn AG, former State Secretary), Horst Teltschik (until 2008 Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, former head of department in the Chancellor’s Office).