On which website(s) are official announcements published?
As Germany is a federal state, it is up to the Länder to publish their own official announcements. They have created their own web pages 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 following information relates solely to Federal Government publications:
|Publication||Scope of the 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 paper and electronic format|
|Joint Ministerial Gazette (Gemeinsames Ministerialblatt)||In both paper and electronic format|
|Transport Gazette (Verkehrsblatt)||In both paper and electronic format|
Which types of announcements are published?
|Publication||Types of announcements|
|Federal Law Gazette||Laws, international treaties, ordinances, announcements, injunctions, notices and certain decisions of the Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht)|
|Federal Gazette||Ordinances, 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 (Bundesfinanzhof)|
|Joint Ministerial Gazette||Tax-related legal provisions and administrative orders, rulings by the Federal Fiscal Court (Bundesfinanzhof)|
|Transport Gazette||Official provisions on transport, calls for missing vehicle ownership and registration documents|
From which organisation(s) are announcements published?
|Federal Law Gazette||Federal 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, regulatory authorities in the Länder|
Is access to the official announcements free of charge?
|Federal Law Gazette||Yes (read only)|
|Federal Tax Gazette||Partially (not most recent and not older publications)|
|Joint Ministerial Gazette||Only to tables of contents|
|Transport Gazette||Titles of official announcements only (a fee must be paid to access content)|
What types of searches can be made?
|Publication||Types of searches|
|Federal Law Gazette||
Free of charge: not available
For a fee:
|Federal Gazette||Term, part, date of publication, type of publication, 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, ordinance number|
As of which date were the official announcements available in electronic format?
|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|
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|
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