The outcome of a conciliation committee that may be convened - comprising members of both the Bundestag and the Bundesrat
-remains to be seen.
(upper chamber or Federal Council) consists of 69 members who are delegates of the 16 Laender (states).
The law could be approved by the Bundesrat
as early as September 19.
594) The Bundesrat
is the federal parliamentary chamber
The prospect of parliamentary gridlock looks set to revive criticism of a federal structure where 16 states wield power through their seats in the Bundesrat
upper house of parliament.
, chambre haute du parlement allemand, vient d'approuver, le 1er decembre 2000, le deuxieme volet de la loi qui permettra aux couples de meme sexe d'officialiser leur union a partir de l'ete prochain (51).
Leaders from Germany's regional parliaments have already succeeded in postponing a vote on the plans in the Bundesrat
to give industry representatives more time to come up with an alternative.
The legislative branch of the Federal Government is composed of two houses: the Bundestag (Federal Parliament) and the Bundesrat
A spokeswoman for consumer protection commissioner David Byrne said: "The Germans have told us there will be a vote of the regional ministers in the Bundesrat
on March 17, but we are not prepared to risk any further delays.
To get policies implemented, the government needs not only the support of the Bundestag but also of the upper chamber, the Bundesrat
, made up of members appointed by and from the Lander (state) governments, and thus, as in recent years, often dominated by the opposition party.
Like all major reforms, the $16 billion transfer of the German seat of government to Berlin, approved by the Bundesrat
in a post-unification vote in 1991, still has its fierce opponents.
In the German legislature, the Bundesrat
announced that "given the predominantly effective competition in the market for scientific information, public intervention is not advisable.