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75 years of the Basic Law. Is Our Federal System Still Fit for Purpose?

Oct 08, 2024 | 09:30 AM - 09:00 PM

Forum of Federations & Freie Universität Berlin. With the support of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community.

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Basic Law, our constitution, this conference is dedicated to examining the relevance of the German federal state within its current constitutional framework. Over the past two decades, federalism has undergone a three-stage state reform, yet it has not fundamentally altered the nature of its cooperative system. Today, both federal and Land governments face the challenge of addressing increasingly complex tasks amid mutually reinforcing crises that are expected to persist. These circumstances put the division of responsibilities and the collaboration between the federal government and the Länderto a rigorous test.

During the conference, focus will be placed on three pivotal tasks shaping the future of the federal state: climate policy, energy policy, and the digitization of public tasks. The critical inquiry revolves around whether the existing institutional framework of the federal state remains adequate for addressing these challenges. What reforms are necessary, and what obstacles must be surmounted? The conference aims to provide answers to these central questions concerning our constitution through a meaningful international exchange between academia and experts.

The conference program will be published soon.

For further information, please contact Daniela Brödemann. Email: 75jahregrundgesetz@polsoz.fu-berlin.de

Time & Location

Oct 08, 2024 | 09:30 AM - 09:00 PM

Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Jägerstraße 22-23, 10117 Berlin

SFB 700