Germany has a new Honorary Consul in San Juan de Puerto Rico
Enlarge image Since August 2nd, 2010, Germany is again officially represented in Puerto Rico. After some years without an Honorary Consulate, the German Consul General in Miami, Klaus Ranner, as his last official act before leaving for his new assignment as Consul General in Dubai, introduced the new Honorary Consul, Eric Stubbe. His letter of commission had been issued by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany and he had been nominated by the Foreign Office in Berlin. The US Department of State had no objections. At the ceremony in San Juan many local dignitaries concurred, among them the Secretary of State, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and many members of the local Consular Corps. The Chief of Protocol of the Government of Puerto Rico served as Master of Ceremony. The Consul General publicly read the documents to Eric Stubbe, which had been signed by the the President of the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Foreign Minister and had him take the oath of service. He also handed him the crest of the Honorary Consulate and his consular ID card. In his remarks Eric Stubbe referred to his upbringing in a strong German tradition merged with the charms of the "Isla del Encanto" and asked the members of the German community in Puerto Rico to assist him in his future endeavor, a request, which was reiterated in the Consul General's speech, in which he also mentioned the traditionally close and efficient ties between Puerto Rico and Germany, for which there is now an even better opportunity to further develop and strengthen.