Berlin-Bonn Act

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The Berlin/Bonn Act (German: Berlin/Bonn-Gesetz) regulated the move of the Bundestag and parts of the government of Germany from Bonn to Berlin. It also regulated the move of certain Federal agencies and other German federal facilities to Bonn. The act was a consequence of the Hauptstadtbeschluss (English: Enactment regarding the capital) of 20 June 1991 which made Berlin the seat of government. Berlin had already been the capital of the united Germany since the Unification Treaty of 3 October 1990. The Berlin/Bonn Act was enacted on 26 April 1994. The act's full official title is Act for the implementation of the enactment of the German Bundestag of 20 June 1991 for the completion of the German unity (German: Gesetz zur Umsetzung des Beschlusses des Deutschen Bundestages vom 20. Juni 1991 zur Vollendung der Einheit Deutschlands).

The Berlin/Bonn act determined which federal ministries moved to the capital and gave the city certain commitments regarding the preservation of Bonn as a location of politics. In addition, it awarded the city the unique title of the Federal City.

The act was implemented incrementally. The most important year was 1999 when the Bundestag moved to the Reichstag building in Berlin. At the same time, the Federal Court of Auditors and the Federal Cartel Office moved from Berlin and the Rhine-Main area to Bonn.

Federal agencies that moved[edit]

The following are examples of federal facilities that moved to Bonn (in total: 22):

These facilities were established in Bonn:

The facilities were partially relocated:

Compensation agreement[edit]

Also, the Berlin/Bonn act is the foundation of the "Agreement regarding the compensation measures for the Bonn region" German: Vereinbarung über die Ausgleichsmaßnahmen für die Region Bonn of 29 June 1994 providing for 1.437 billion Euros to be used between 1995 and 2004. This money was used to fund various compensation measures and concrete action plans like the foundation of the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences.

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