Di­rec­torate-Gen­er­al Z - Cen­tral Di­rec­torate-Gen­er­al

Head of Directorate-General:

Dr. Doris Teske

The Head of Directorate-General Z is also Head of the administrative division of Unit Z 2 and Chief Budgetary Officer (§ 9 BHO).

Abteilung Z
- Zentralabteilung -

11055 Berlin

workPhone:  +49 (0)30 18 9100-300 /-301 faxFax:  +49 (0)30 18 9100-400

The Central Directorate-General is divided into the following divisions:

Division Z 1 - Human Resources, Organisation

The division’s remit includes human resources management and development, including management of posts and social issues, as well as the organisation of the Bundesrat Secretariat. In addition, the division is also in charge of reimbursement of expenses for Bundesrat Members.

Head of Division:

Anette Stephan

Referat Z 1
- Personal, Organisation -

11055 Berlin

workPhone:  +49 (0)30 18 9100-671 faxFax:  +49 (0)30 18 9100-673

Division Z 2 - Central Administration

In addition to dealing with general internal administrative matters, this Division handles internal parliamentary administration.

Its areas of responsibility include internal services, procurement, the budget and the library, along with construction-related matters and operational management of the Bundesrat’s premises. It also organises technical services for the Bundesrat’s plenary sessions, committee meetings, and special events, and coordinates security measures.


The Bundesrat library is a specialised academic library; its work involves collecting, indexing and facilitating access to library material.

It serves primarily to provide information and literature to members of the Bundesrat and staff in the federal states' Berlin offices. Visitors from outside the Bundesrat may register in advance to use the library; access is authorised provided the library has sufficient free capacity.

The library's collections focus in particular on items and information on public law, federalism and on the Bundesrat's work. In addition the library has comprehensive holdings of parliamentary material and official printed documents.

The library's collection currently comprises. ca. 49,000 items and the library also subscribes to ca. 200 serial titles (i.e. journals/magazines and newspapers).

The services offered by the library can be utilised via the Federation's Information and Library Portal. To draw on this resource, users must have access to the Federation's Intranet (IVBB).

Head of Division:

Dr. Doris Teske

Referat Z 2
- Zentrale Angelegenheiten -

11055 Berlin

workPhone:  +49 (0)30 18 9100-301 faxFax:  +49 (0)30 18 9100-400

Division Z 3 - Information Technology

EDP specialists in the Information Technology Division provide technical back-up for the modern information systems employed in the Bundesrat.

The Bundesrat Secretariat is equipped with a powerful computer network, which makes it possible to exchange data between the various divisions. This electronic document exchange not only works within the Bundesrat administration but also links federal state governments to the Bundesrat.

The system enables rapid transfer of resolutions, committee meeting minutes and other documents.

Head of Division:

Birgit Hess

Referat Z 3
- Informationstechnik -

11055 Berlin

workPhone:  +49 (0)30 18 9100-390 /-391 faxFax:  +49 (0)30 18 9100-418

Division Z 4 - Documentation

The Documentation Division encompasses many units.

Current documentation

The Current Documentation Unit uses a data-base system to present information from all the Bundesrat's parliamentary proceedings and makes this available to the Bundesrat, the federal states and the general public online and via an information service.

This system records information on how the Bundesrat and its committees have responded to the activities undertaken by the federal states, the Federal Government and the German Bundestag and to the documents these bodies have addressed. It also contains comprehensive statistical records and evaluations.

In addition to this, the Current Documentation Unit maintains a database with publicly available data on offices held by current and former members of the Bundesrat and state governments.

The archive

Documents requiring archiving produced by Bundesrat committees and the various Secretariat divisions are collected, annotated and made available for use in keeping with the provisions of the Federal Archive Act.

Legislative documentation

The Legislative Documentation Unit, in conjunction with the Bundestag, provides a full archive of the original texts and related documents for all Federal Acts, including both promulgated Acts and those that have not been formally adopted. A documentation volume on the subject-matter of the legislation is drawn up for each legislative procedure.

Head of Division:

Dr. Albrecht Walsleben

Referat Z 4
- Dokumentation -

11055 Berlin

workPhone:  +49 (0)30 18 9100-420 /-428 faxFax:  +49 (0)30 18 9100-400

Division Z 5 - Stenographic Service

The Stenographic Service is directed by a Parliamentary Stenographer. This division is responsible for producing verbatim reports of Bundesrat plenary sessions.

It also records the proceedings of meetings of the Chamber for European Affairs word-for-word. These meeting reports are available in printed form a few days after the meeting in question.

Furthermore, the Stenographic Service is also called on to document proceedings of committee meetings when a verbatim record of the committee's deliberations is needed. The Service also takes down a record of Mediation Committee meetings.

Drawing up a verbatim record calls for highly-developed stenographic skills; in addition it is also important that stenographers are familiar with the subject-matter being examined in order to avoid misunderstandings and enable stenographers to make editorial corrections where required.

Head of Division:

Norbert Luck

Referat Z 5
- Stenografischer Dienst -

11055 Berlin

workPhone:  +49 (0)30 18 9100-270 /-121 faxFax:  +49 (0)30 18 9100-400