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Germany

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Federal Council

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theGerman Bundestag

Structure

Data on parliamentary sessions, parliamentary committees and parliamentary groups.

Sessions

Number of ordinary sessions of parliament per year
Notes
The Bundesrat does not have sessions per se, but up to twelve plenary sittings a year, with an average of one per month, except in the months of January and August.
Dates of parliamentary sessions
Dates of parliamentary sessions
Parliament is usually in ordinary session Extraordinary sessions can be held
January x
February x x
March x x
April x x
May x x
June x x
July x x
August x
September x x
October x x
November x x
December x x
Number of days parliament met in plenary, per year
Not available
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Committees

Number of permanent committees This number does not include sub-committees or joint committees in bicameral parliaments.

Parliamentary groups

Parliamentary groups are recognized in the parliamentary rules “Parliamentary groups” are the primary means by which political parties organize themselves in parliament. They may also be known as “party groups”, “caucuses” or “fractions”. They are different from all-party groups on specific issues, or inter-parliamentary friendship groups.
Not applicable. There is no minimum number of members to form a parliamentary group
No
Relevant provisions about parliamentary groups in the parliamentary rules of procedure
There are no parliamentary groups in the Bundesrat, only political collaboration from case to case between the states in order to organize majorities.