Facts about Germany 2015 2015 - Page 20

18 | 19 AT A GLANCE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT Federal Ministries The Federal Chancellor and the federal min- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy → bmwi.de isters form the Federal Government, the cabinet. Alongside the Chancellor’s power to set policy guidelines, within these general parameters ministers on principle run their ministries independently; the collective principle also applies, whereby the Federal Government settles disputes by majority decision. The federal cabinet consists of 14 ministers and the Head of the Federal Chancellery. The federal ministries are the highest federal authorities for the relevant departments. The Basic Law assigns the Chancellor a special role: “The Federal Chan- Federal Foreign Office → auswaertiges-amt.de Federal Ministry of the Interior → bmi.bund.de Fe deral Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection → bmjv.de Federal Ministry of Finance → bundesfinanzministerium.de Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs → bmas.de cellor shall determine and be responsible for the general guidelines of policy”. The Federal Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture → bmel.de Chancellery and the federal ministries employ around 18,000 staff members. The Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of Defence are among the ministries with large payrolls. Eight ministries are based in Berlin, six in the Federal City of Bonn. All the ministries maintain offices in both cities. Federal Ministry of Defence → bmvg.de Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth → bmfsfj.de Federal Ministry of Health → bmg.bund.de Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure → bmvi.de Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety → bmub.bund.de Federal Ministry of Education and Research → bmbf.de Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development → bmz.de