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2019 report – Update prepared to inform the 2020 budget deliberations about the trend in departmental budget No. 03 “Federal Council of Constituent States”

Sep 04, 2019

Overview
The Federal Council of Constituent States on which the 16 federal states are represented is one out of five constitutional bodies and part of the Legislature of the Federal Republic of Germany. It is the channel through which Germany’s constituent states are involved in federal legislation and administration and European Union affairs.

The Council is composed of members of the state governments. Depending on its number of inhabitants, each state has between three and six votes and as many representatives. In 2018, the Federal Council had 69 ordinary Members and 105 deputies. Each year, the Federal Council normally holds eleven plenary sessions. 16 permanent committees prepare the Federal Council decisions.

The Federal Council elects the President and two Vice-Presidents for a one-year term from 1 November to 31 October. The President summons meetings of the Federal Council and chairs them. Furthermore, the President deputises for the Federal President. Since 1 November 2018, the Minister-President of the state of Schleswig-Holstein has been the President of the Federal Council.

To assist the Members with discharging their functions, a secretariat has been set up. In 2018, the Secretariat had 198 established posts and approved positions. The Federal Council has a first official seat in Berlin and a second official seat in Bonn that have seven staff posts.

In FY 2018, expenditures under departmental budget No. 03 totalled €25 million. Since it is a purely administrative budget, expenditure on staff, goods and services account for the major expenditure items. The Federal Council also generates some revenues from leasing and letting office premises and from operational cost reimbursement of the services provided by an external printing company that uses office space at the Secretariat to produce printed papers required for the deliberations. Table 1 provides an overview of departmental budget No. 03.

Table 1

Departmental budget No. 03

Federal Council of Constituent States

 

2018

targeted amount

2018

actual amounta

difference actual/

targeted amountb

2019

targeted amount

2020

budget estimate

changes2019/

2020b

€ million

 %

departmental expenditure

30.4

25.0

-5.4

37.5

39.5

5.2

of which:

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • staff expenditure

17.0

15.9

-1.1

18.2

19.2

5.6

of which:

pension liabilities

3.5

3.0

-0.5

3.6

3.7

2.8

  • administrative expenditure on goods and services

12.0

8.4

-3.6

13.0

14.0

8.1

  • investments

0.9

0.2

-0.7

5.9

5.7

-3.5

departmental budget revenues

0.1

0.1

0

0.1

0.1

-34.9

commitment authorisations

2.3

0

0

0

0

0

 

established posts/positions

 %

staff

198

179d

-19

204e

208

2

Sources:           Departmental budget No. 03. 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 adjustments (cf. budget account 2018, overview No. 4.9).

b Calculated on the basis of the original figures; any differences due to rounding.

c Including excess and extra-budgetary commitment authorisations.

d Actual staffing as of 1 June 2018.

e Cf. actual staffing on 1 June 2019: 176 established posts/positions.

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