Act on the Appointment of a Council of Experts on Economic Development

Dated August 14, 1963 (Federal Law Gazette I, page 685)

The Bundestag has enacted the following Law:

Article 1

(1) For the purpose of periodically assessing economic developments in the German Federal Republic, and to assist all authorities responsible for economic policy as well as the general public in forming a sound opinion, a Council of independent Experts is herewith being established.

(2) The Council of Experts consists of five members, who must possess a specialised knowledge of economic science and be experienced in matters of economic policy.

(3) The members of the Council of Experts must not be members of the Government or any legislative body of the Federal Republic or of the Laender, or of the public service of the Federal Republic, of a Land or of some other corporate body under public law, except as a university teacher or an assistant at an ins titute of economic and social science. Furthermore, they must neither be representatives of any trade organisation, association of employers or trade union, nor may they be bound to them by any permanent contract of employment or agency agreement. Moreover, they must not have held any position of that kind during the year preceding their appointment to the Council of Experts.

Article 2

In its Annual Report the Council of Experts will describe the current economic situation and its foreseeable development. The Council will investigate the possibilities of simultaneously assuring, within the framework of the free market economy, stability of the price level, a high rate of employment and equilibrium in foreign trade and payments, together with steady and adequate economic growth. The investigation will also include the formation and distribution of income and property. The Council of Experts will point out, in particular, the sources of actual and likely tensions between overall demand and supply which endanger the objectives referred to in the second sentence of this paragraph. The investigation is to be based on various assumptions, the different effects of which are to be described and analysed. The Council of Experts will point out undesirable developments and the possibility of avoiding or suppressing such developments, without, however, recommending any specific measures of economic and social policy.

Article 3

(1)The Council of Experts is only bound by the mandate set forth in this law; it is independent in the performance of its work.

(2) If, in the preparation of the report, a minority differs on specific questions, it has the right to express its disagreement in the Report.

Article 4

Before drafting its reports, the Council of Experts may give persons it considers qualified, in particular representatives of economic and social organisations, an opportunity to express their views on essential questions arising within the scope of its commission.

Article 5

(1) If the Council of Experts considers it necessary for the execution of its commission, it may hear the competent Federal Ministers and the President of the German Bundesbank.

(2)At their request, the competent Federal Ministers and the President of the Bundesbank will be heard.

(3) The authorities of the Federal Government and the Laender will furnish the Council of Experts with administrative support.

Article 6

(1) The Council of Experts prepares a report every year (Annual Report) and presents it to the Federal Government by November 15th. The Annual Report is submitted promptly by the Federal Government to the legislative bodies and is published by the Council at the same time. Within eight weeks the Federal Government presents its comments on the report to the legislative bodies. In this statement, the Federal Government presents the conclusions to which it has come with regard to economy policy.

(2)The Council of Experts has to elaborate additional reports whenever there are developments in individual fields which are likely to endanger the objectives referred to in the second sentence of Article 2. The Federal Government may commission the Council of Experts to submit additional reports. The Council of Experts presents the reports in accordance with sentences 1 and 2 to the Federal Government and publishes them; with regard to the date of publication the Council comes to an understanding with the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy.

Article 7

(1) The members of the Council of Experts are nominated by the Federal Government, and appointed by the President of the Federal Republic. On March 1 of every year -the first time after the end of the third year subsequent to the submission of the first report according to Article 6, Paragraph (1), first sentence- one member will withdraw from the Council. The order of withdrawal will be settled by lot at the first session of the Council of Experts.

(2) After nomination by the Federal Government, the President of the Federal Republic will appoint a new member for a period of five years. Re-appointments are allowed. The Federal Government will hear the members of the Council of Experts before nominating a new member.

(3) The members have the right to retire by giving notice to the President of the Federal Republic.

(4) If a member retires before the end of his term, a new member will be appointed for the remaining time. Paragraph (2) will apply accordingly.

Article 8

(1) Resolutions of the Council of Experts must be approved by at least three members.

(2) From among its members, the Council of Experts elects a chairman for a period of three years.

(3) The Council of Experts will establish rules of procedure.

Article 9

The Federal Statistical Office assumes the function of an office of the Council of Experts. Its work will consist in procuring and gathering source material, attending to the technical preparation of the Council of Experts` sessions, printing and publishing the Council's reports, and performing such other administrative work as may be required.

Article 10

The members of the Council of Experts and the staff of its office are bound to secrecy concerning the Council's conferences and the data of these conferences labelled as confidential by the Council of Experts. The duty of secrecy applies also to information received by the Council of Experts and labelled as confidential.

Article 11

(1) The members of the Council of Experts will receive lump sum remuneration as well as reimbursement of travelling expenses. The amounts to be paid will be determined jointly by the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy and the Federal Minister of the Interior, Building and Community.

(2) The remuneration and expenses of the Council of Experts will be borne by the Federal Government.

Article 12

According to Article 13, Paragraph (1), of the Third Law for the Transference of Burdens and Covering Resources to the Federal Republic, of January 4, 1952 (Federal Law Gazette I, page 1), this Law applies to the Land Berlin as well.

Article 13

This Law becomes effective on the day following its announcement.