Abgeordnetenhaus of Berlin

  • SPD 47
  • CDU 38
  • Green 29
  • Left 19
  • Pirates 15
  • Non-attached 1

The Berlin House of Representatives, according to the Constitution of the Berlin state parliament of Berlin, the successor to the Berlin City Council. Seat of the House of Representatives since 1993, the building of the former Prussian Landtag, previously it was for decades the Rathaus Schöneberg. President of the House of Representatives since October 2011 Ralf Wieland (SPD).


The Berlin House of Representatives is elected every five years by universal, equal, free, secret and direct suffrage. It consists of at least 130 members of which 60 % are directly elected in their constituencies and 40% indirectly through state or district lists. The share about lists selected delegates may be increased by overhang and compensatory seats.

The last election to the Berlin House of Representatives took place on September 18, 2011. It exceeded five parties the electoral threshold of 5 percent of the vote and made ​​it to the House of Representatives. Currently, the parties have the following fraction strengths:

  • SPD: 47 seats
  • CDU: 38 seats
  • Green: 29 seats
  • Left: 19 seats
  • Pirates: 15 seats
  • Non-attached: 1 seat

The new House of Representatives held its first meeting on October 27, 2011. The next election is scheduled for 2016.

On 28 January 2012, the CDU deputy Dirk Stettner resigned from the CDU and is now attached Member.


One of the three most important tasks is to pass legislation. The process of the legislation is set out in Articles 59 to 65 of the Constitution of Berlin ( VVB ). Thereafter, the procedure in each step is divided into:

  • Initiative (Article 59 ( 2) VVB )
  • Consultation (Article 59 ( 4) VVB )
  • Adoption (Art. 60 ( 1) VVB )
  • Copy (Art. 60 ( 2) VVB )
  • Promulgation (Article 60 ( 2) VVB )

In addition, the House of Representatives elects

  • As the most important choice task the Governing Mayor of Berlin

But also

  • The Speaker of the House (Article 41 ( 2) VVB )
  • The Bureau (Article 41 ( 2) VVB )
  • The data protection officer (Article 47 VVB )
  • The presidents of the top provincial courts of Berlin (Art. 82 ( 2) VVB ) and
  • The nine members of the Constitutional Court (Article 84 ( 1) VVB ).

The third task, AH controls the government, the Berlin Senate. To this end, the deputies are various options available such as the right of interpellation (Article 45 in conjunction with 49 ( 1) VVB ), which is according to the Rules of Procedure of the Chamber of Deputies, realized by:

  • Big queries
  • Small requests
  • Oral questions during Question Time
  • The current hour.

In addition, the representatives are the Zitationsrecht ( to quote in accordance with Article 49 VVB ), according to which the presence of the Senate members may be required in the House of Representatives meetings, too. The right to inspect any records of the administration under Article 45 ( 2) vvb take is a possibility of control. A strong instrument further represents (or the next two years according to the rules of formation of the double balance ) via the Board of Control of the budget for the coming year


The plenary sessions will be every 14 days on Thursdays and be convened by the President. Two days earlier, on Tuesday, the Elders agreed on the agenda. The plenary session usually begins with oral questions of parliamentarians to the Senate. After the spontaneous question time, the current hour to follow a pre-determined topic, laws consultations, Large queries, reports, draft resolutions, templates and applications. Depending on the agenda of the meetings can last until late into the night, sometimes two days of meetings are recorded. The plenary sessions can be watched by up to 120 users and up to 58 journalists in the stands, and there are several camera locations and vocal booths for television broadcasts.

In addition to the plenary sessions there are in this legislative period 22 committees and subcommittees, where much of the technical detail work is done. This includes the Special Committee " water contracts ", in accordance with Article 44, paragraph 1 and 2 of the Constitution of Berlin in conjunction with § 20 Section 2 of the Rules of Procedure of the Berlin House of Representatives was established on 1 December 2011. Among the most important committees are the main committee, which is responsible for the finances and the national budget, the Committee on Internal Affairs, who cares about issues of public safety and order, and the Petitions Committee, to which the citizens can turn to with their concerns.

Officially it is the Berlin House of Representatives by a part-time or evening celebration Parliament. Members shall perform their duties in theory in their " free time " and walk otherwise an otherwise profession after. In practice, the serious parliamentary work but leaves almost no room for other professional or business activity. For its activities, the deputies get a monthly allowance of 3369 euros. This is determined each year anew.


The parliament of Berlin is located in Niederkirchnerstrasse # 5 in close proximity to Potsdamer Platz. Opposite is the Martin- Gropius-Bau.

Sign at the entrance of the House of Representatives (left)

Sign at the entrance of the House of Representatives (right)

Statue in honor of Minister Freiherr vom Stein in front of the House of Representatives


Member of Parliament

Gallery in Parliament

Since 1975, art exhibitions in the House of Representatives under the heading " gallery in Parliament " instead. Partial appear on the exhibitions, small exhibition catalogs.