On which website(s) are official announcements published?
Since Germany is a federal state, the Länder arrange the publication of their own official announcements. They have created their own websites for this purpose. The links to some of these can be found on the Justice Portal of the Federal Government and the Länder (Justizportal des Bundes und der Länder). The information below relates solely to publications by the federal government.
|Publication||Form of publication|
|Federal Law Gazette (Bundesgesetzblatt)||Electronic copy of the official print version only.|
|Federal Gazette (Bundesanzeiger)||
Official section; judicial section
|Federal Tax Gazette (Bundessteuerblatt)||In both printed and electronic format.|
|Joint Ministerial Gazette (Gemeinsames Ministerialblatt)||In both printed and electronic format.|
|Transport Gazette (Verkehrsblatt)||In both printed and electronic format.|
|Website of the Federal Ministry of Finance||In electronic format only. Print versions of the official manuals can be purchased from retailers; the Federal Ministry of Finance does not offer them in this format.|
Which types of announcements are published?
|Publication||Types of announcements|
|Federal Law Gazette||Laws, international treaties, ordinances, announcements, injunctions, guidelines and certain decisions of the Federal Constitutional Court.|
|Federal Gazette||Legal regulations, other official announcements, tenders, guidelines and judicial notices. The judicial notices comprise court publications concerning the litigation register under the Capital Investors’ Test Cases Act (Kapitalanleger-Musterverfahrensgesetz), public notifications, criminal cases, summons of persons and calls for documents, debarment rulings, securities cancellations and other decisions, summons of third parties, bankruptcies, insolvency proceedings and the register of anonymous and pseudonymous works.|
|Federal Tax Gazette||Tax-related legal provisions and administrative orders, rulings by the Federal Fiscal Court.|
|Joint Ministerial Gazette||Tax-related legal provisions and administrative orders, rulings by the Federal Fiscal Court.|
|Transport Gazette||Official provisions on transport, calls for missing vehicle ownership and registration certificates.|
|Website of the Federal Ministry of Finance||Official manuals: overview, in digital format, of all the official manuals issued by the Federal Ministry of Finance. The online version of the official manuals provides quick access to laws, regulations, rules and guidance on the specified assessment periods.|
From which organisation(s) are announcements published?
|Federal Law Gazette||Federal government authorities|
|Federal Gazette||Federal and Länder authorities, courts and public prosecutors|
|Federal Tax Gazette||Federal Ministry of Finance and the highest tax authorities in the Länder|
|Joint Ministerial Gazette||All federal ministries listed on the front page|
|Transport Gazette||All federal ministries, the vehicle registration authorities in the Länder|
|Website of the Federal Ministry of Finance||Federal Ministry of Finance|
Is access to official announcements free of charge?
|Publication||Free to access|
|Federal Law Gazette||Yes (read-only access)|
|Federal Tax Gazette||Partially (not the most recent publications or older publications)|
|Joint Ministerial Gazette||Tables of contents only|
|Transport Gazette||Titles of official announcements only (a fee must be paid to access the content)|
|Website of the Federal Ministry of Finance||Digital publications: yes. Print versions of the official manuals can be purchased from retailers; the Federal Ministry of Finance does not offer them in this format.|
What types of searches can be made?
|Federal Law Gazette||
Free of charge: none.
For a fee: full text search, search by citation, heading, subsection number, issue date, year of promulgation and part.
|Federal Gazette||Term, part, publication period, publication type, publishing authority/court (administrative and judicial sections); reference, title (official section); file number (judicial section).|
|Federal Tax Gazette||Type of tax, type of document, sequence of rules, date, file number, document number, Land, subject/main principle, reference.|
|Joint Ministerial Gazette||Edition, page number, year, and full text search.|
|Transport Gazette||Field, title, search terms, date, regulation number.|
|Website of the Federal Ministry of Finance||Full text search and clickable table of contents.|
As of which date were the official announcements available in electronic format?
|Publication||Date first available|
|Federal Law Gazette||
The electronic version of Federal Law Gazette Section 1 has been available at the same time as the print version since 1998; the electronic version of Federal Law Gazette Section 2 has been available at the same time as the print version since 1999.
Individual publications since 30 August 2002.
|Federal Tax Gazette||Possible to search editions published since 1992.|
|Joint Ministerial Gazette||Possible to search editions published since 1950.|
|Transport Gazette||Possible to search editions published since 1947.|
|Website of the Federal Ministry of Finance||
Income Tax Manual: available in electronic format since 2017.
Can searches be saved and notifications sent when criteria are met?
|Federal Law Gazette||No||No|
|Federal Gazette||Only as an information service for a fee||No|
|Federal Tax Gazette||No||No|
|Joint Ministerial Gazette||No, only the publication date for the next edition||No|
|Website of the Federal Ministry of Finance||No|
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