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Berlin relocation and compensation for the Bonn Region

Following the national election in 2013, Minister Barbara Hendricks took on the role of Federal Government Commissioner for the Relocation of the Federal Government and Parliament to Berlin and Compensation for the Bonn Region.

A task force has been set up to support Minister Hendricks implement this assignment at ministerial level, which centres around two main tasks. The first task is to find solutions for compensating the Bonn region, in particular by expanding Bonn as a UN location and establishing more international institutions and organisations in the city. The second task is to take political reality into account. The relationship between Bonn as a federal city and Berlin as the federal capital and its basis have changed since the German Bundestag declared Berlin the capital in 1991. The Federal Government had put the move from Bonn to Berlin into effect by 1999. In one area, however, actual developments did not meet the expectations of the Berlin-Bonn Act of 1994. The Act envisages the core tasks of the Federal Government being carried out in Berlin with the majority of the jobs at the Federal Ministries remaining in Bonn. In reality however, the share of jobs in Bonn fell to under 50 percent as early as 2008. Since then, the balance has been steadily shifting in favour of Berlin.

The coalition agreement states that the government parties support the Bonn-Berlin Act at federal level and that Bonn will remain the second centre of the Federal Government. Nevertheless, this does not mean that the developments presented above will not be taken into consideration. As Federal Government Commissioner for the Relocation of the Federal Government and Parliament to Berlin and Compensation for the Bonn Region, Minister Hendricks sees it as her responsibility to develop a long-term strategy for all ministries on how to deal with the division of tasks between Bonn and Berlin in future. The aim is to develop prospects and ensure planning security for all stakeholders thereby creating reliable and stable structures. To this end, the Bonn-Berlin task force set up by Minister Hendricks has drawn up a comprehensive and open-ended status report analysing the current situation. Once interministerial coordination is complete, the report will be submitted to the Cabinet.