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2019 report – Update prepared to inform the 2020 budget deliberations about the trend in departmental budget No. 01 “Federal President and Office of the Federal President”

Aug 19, 2019

Overview
The Federal President is the head of state and the highest representative of the Federal Republic of Germany. The President is elected by the Federal Convention for a five-year term each; most recently on 12 February 2017. The Office of the Federal President assists the Federal President in the discharge of his/her functions.

The respective revenues and expenditures are set out in departmental budget No. 01. The Federal President has an official seat and an official residence each in Berlin and Bonn. In 2018, the Office of the Federal President had 200 established posts and approved positions (targeted figures). Five of these posts/positions are located in Bonn. In 2018, expenditure under departmental budget No. 01 totalled €38.5 million. The major expenditure items were staff, administrative supplies and equipment. The Office of the Joint Science Conference also comes under departmental budget 01. The Office’s expenditure budget totalled €1.9 million. In 2018, the Office had 19 established posts and other positions.

Compared to the 2019 budget (targeted figures), the 2020 draft budget shows no major changes. Total spending of departmental budget No. 01 is projected to decrease by 6.1 per cent compared to the 2019 targeted amount. This is equivalent to approximately €3 million (from €47.6 million to €44.7 million). Expenditure of the Joint Science Conference are also expected to fall by 5 per cent from €2.6 million to €2.5 million.

The revenues and expenditures of departmental budget No. 01 are set out in table 1 below.

 

 

Table 1

 

Departmental budget No. 01
Federal President and Office of the Federal President

 

 

 

2018

targeted amount

2018

actual amounta

difference actual/

targeted amountb

2019

targeted amount

2020

budget estimate

changes 2019/2020b

€ million

 %

departmental expenditure

41.9

38.5

-3.3

47.6

44.7

-6.1

of which:

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Federal President and Office of the Federal President (0101,

0111, 0112)

39.7

36.6

-3.1

45.0

42.2

-6.3

-     staff expenditure

20.9

19.9

-1.0

23.5

23.4

-0.4

of which:

 

 

 

 

 

 

pension liabilitiesc

-       maintenance and operation of real estate and buildings, rental expensesd

-       miscellaneous administrative expenditure

-       official travel, events and public relations

-       Wohltätige Leistungene

6.2

6.0

 

 

 

 

0.7

 

4.8

 

 

3.6

5.4

4.9

 

 

 

0.2

 

3.9

 

 

4.8

-0.8

-0.9

 

 

 

-0.5

 

-0.9

 

 

1.1f

6.3

7.0

 

 

 

2.4

 

5.1

 

 

3.6

6.1

6.0

 

 

 

0.1

 

5.1

 

 

3.6

-3.2

-13.3

 

 

 

-95.8

 

0

 

 

0

  • Office of the Joint Science

2.2

1.9

-0.3

2.6

2.5

-5.2

Conference (chapter 0113), of which

-     staff expenditure

 

 

1.4

 

 

1.2

 

 

-0.2

 

 

1.6

 

 

1.6

 

 

0

departmental revenues

0.2

1.3g

1.1

0.2

0.2

0

commitment authorisationsh

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

established posts/positions

 %

staff

219

197i

-23

229j

231

0.9

 

Sources: Departmental budget No. 01. For the year 2018: budget account; for the year 2019:
             budget estimate; for the year 2020: draft budget estimate.
Notes:   a) Figures reflect budget account 2018 adjustment (cf. budget account 2018, overview No. 4.9).

b) Calculated on the basis of the original figures; any differences due to rounding.
c) Including expenditures on pensions payable by the Office of the Joint Science Conference.
d) Chapter 0112 item 517 01 (facility maintenance), item 518 01 (rental cost), item 519 01 (building management) and item 711 01 (minor building, renovation or alteration works).
e) Chapter 0101 item 681 01 (mentorships), item 681 04 (German Artists Welfare Foundation).
f) The difference is equivalent to the contributions of the federal states (cf. footnote g and No. 3.1).
g) Especially payments by the federal states earmarked for their contributions to the German Artists Welfare Foundation.
h) Including excess and extra-budgetary commitment authorisations.
i) Actual staffing as of 1 June 2018.
j) Cf. actual staffing on 1 June 2019: 201 established posts/positions.

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