The Parliamentary Council adopts the Basic Law on 8 May 1949. Following its signature on 23 May 1949, the Constitution enters into force the following day. The exhibition "Our Basic Law" tells the story of the historic site as the place where the German constitution was conceived, adopted and announced.
In 1948, the Victorious Powers USA, Great Britain and France task the Minister-Presidents in the Western zones of occupation with creating a Constitution for West Germany. The Parliamentary Council performs this tasks in nine month time. It has 65 members and five Berlin delegates with an advisory status – a sign that the Council regards itself as representing the entire German people.
The Basic Law proves its worth especially in 1990 as a forward-looking and living Constitution. Having formed the legal basis for unification, it is then dropped from the Preamble as a national goal.
Germany is a federal state comprised of the Federal Government and 16 Länder, which have their own competencies. The Federal Council is a constitutional body and represents the interests of the Länder. Therefor, the exhibition illustrates its function and assignments, too.
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