The jurisdiction of the Government
The Government of the German-speaking Community (DG) is voted by parliament for a mandate of five years.
The Government translates bills passed by parliament into action. This means that they set the bill in its final form as legislation and hold responsibility for it containing all previsions necessary for correct application. The government also undertakes the daily policy of the Community as well as preparing budget proposals, which must take into account all expected income and expenditure for the coming year. Parliament then debates these before either returning them for redrafting or voting them through.
Although the Government is the “executive branch”, it is also involved in the “legislative branch” by way of executive decree: draft legislation that it lays before parliament, who in turn debate it, eventually voting it into law.
Four Ministers currently form the government of the German-speaking Community. These are each supported in their policy work by a cabinet of ancillary staff.
Karl-Heinz Lambertz, Minister-president
Minister for District Authorities
Minister for Education, Vocational Training and Employment
Minister for Culture, Media and Tourism
Minister for Family, Health and Social Affairs