Berlin, Germany, regional Obligatory referendum [LOR] - Volksentscheid [Zusammenschluss der Länder Berlin-Brandenburg]

General Typology

Instrument
Obligatory referendum [LOR]
Location
Berlin, Germany
Political level
regional
Local Name:
Volksentscheid [Zusammenschluss der Länder Berlin-Brandenburg]
Normative Level:
constitutional
Legally Binding:
yes
Legally Defined:

Article 97

(1) The State of Berlin may form a joint Land with the State of Brandenburg.

(2) A State Treaty between the State of Berlin and the State of Brandenburg relating to the formation of a joint

State shall require the consent of a two-thirds majority of the House of Representatives, as well as consent by referendum in accordance wih this State Treaty

(3) The State Treaty may provide that

1. individual powers of the House of Representatives and the Senate may be delegated to joint committees and bodies of the two States,

2. The legislative period of the House of Representatives and the term of office of the Senate shall terminate with the formation of a joint State.

(4) The rights of the House of Representatives shall remain unaffected.

(5) Details governing the referendum shall be the subject of a State Treaty.

References: The Constitution of Berlin, 1995 (accessed Nov. 6, 2019)

Subject Matter:

General rule to call a referendum on a joint State Berlin-Brandenburg, conducted according a treaty between both states

Actors

Author:
Parliament
Initiator:
Law
Decision maker:
Electorate

Requirements

Available Time:
Turnout Quorum:
None
Approval Quorum:
Majority of the votes must include 1/4 of the total electorate in each state. See Federal Constitution of Germany Art. 118a.
Geographical Quorum:
Majority in each State
Excluded Issues:

One topic referendum

Other Formal Requirements:

See Federal Constitution of Germany Art. 118a.

See also corresponding LOR in State of Brandenburg

Procedural Elements

Wording Of Ballot Question:
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Transparency And Finance:

Practice

Archive:
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The English language version here is provided as a courtesy. The German language text is the official version.