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German order of precedence

German order of precedence
The German order of precedence is a symbolic hierarchy of officials in the Government of Germany used to direct protocol. It has no official status, but has been established in practical use. I. Inner-state occasions 1. The Federal President (Bundespräsident), currently Horst Köhler. 2. The President of the Bundestag (Präsident des Deutschen Bundestages), currently Norbert Lammert. 3. The Chancellor (Bundeskanzler), currently Angela Merkel. 4. The President of the Federal Council (Präsident des Bundesrates), also acting as deputy to the President, currently Peter Müller, Minister-President of the state of Saarland. 5. The President of the Federal Constitutional Court (Präsident des Bundesverfassungsgerichts), currently Hans-Jürgen Papier. 6. The Government Leaders of the states (events on state level) 7. The Federal Ministers 8. The Governmental Leaders (events on federal level) II. 1. 2. 11. The President of the European Court of Justice 12. Presidents of foreign supreme courts with the competence of constitutional jurisdiction 13. The President of the Federal Constitutional Court 14. The Apostolic Nuncio as the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps 15. Foreign extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassadors (according the date of their letter of credence) 16. The Federal Minister of the Exterior 17. The representative of the hosting community, if the ceremony does not take place in a federal premises 18. Deputy heads of governemnt of foreign states 19. Former Federal Presidents 20. Supreme representatives of Catholic and Protestant Church • The President of the German Catholic Bishops’ Conference • The President of the Council of the Protestant Church in Germany 21. The Secretary-General of the United Nations 22. The President of the Commission of the European Union International occasions 23. Supreme representatives of further (foreign office holder in Italic) significant religious communities The Federal President • The Chairperson of the Central Council Souverain Heads of States of foreign of Jews in Germany states (including members of regnant • The Chairperson of the Commission of imperial, royal or principal families, if they Orthodox Churches in Germany officially represent, Papal Legates • The Chairperson of the Rabbin Government Leaders of foreign states (the Conference in Germany government leaders of the EU-states • The Chairperson of the supreme organ precede according to the presidency of the of Muslims in Germany European Council) 24. High representatives of global The Federal Chancellor international governmental organisations The President of the European Parliament • The President of the International Presidents of the first chamber of foreign Court of Justice parliaments • The Secretary-General of the InterThe President of the Federal Diet Parliamentary Union The President of the Council of the 25. High representatives of regional inter- and European Union supranational governmental organisations Presidents of the second chamber of • The Secretary-General of the North foreign parliaments Atlantic Treaty Organisation The President of the Federal Council

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• The Secretary-General of the Arab League • President and Secretary-General of the Council of Europe • The Secretary-General of the Organisaton of American States • The Secretary-General of the African Union • The Secretary-General of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe High representatives of great international governmental organisations with cultural, social or economic aims and tasks • The Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development • The Director General of the World Trade Organisation • The Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations • The Director General of the International Monetary Fund • The Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation • The Direcor General of the World Health Organisation • The President of the World Bank Group High representatives of regional governmental organisations with cultural, social or economic aims and tasks Former Federal Chancellors Former Presidents of the German Federal Diet Former Presidents of the Federal Constitutional Court Envoyes (as permanent Heads of Mission) The deputy of the Federal Chancellor Foreign ministers with portfolio Federal Ministers Heads of government of foreign federated states or administrative districts with proper statehood • US-Governors • Presidents of Belgian Communities • Lieutenant-Governors and heads of government of Canadian provinces • Mexican Governors • Heads of government of Swiss cantons Heads of Government of the federated states (according to the Königstein agreement)

German order of precedence
• The Minister-President of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg • The Bavarian Minister-President • The Governing Mayor of Berlin • The Minister-President of the State of Brandenburg • The President of the Bremen Senate and Mayor of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen • The President of the Senate and First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg • The Hessian Minister-President • The Minister-President of the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania • The Lower Saxon Minister-President • The Minister-President of the State of North Rhine - Westphalia • The Minister-President of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate • The Minister-President of the State of Saar • The Saxon Minister-President • The Minister-President of the State of Saxony-Anhalt • The Minister-President of the State of Schleswig-Holsatia • The Thuringian Minister-President Cardinals • Cardinal bishops • Cardinal priests • Cardinal deacons Patriarchs Chairpersons of parties represented in the European Parliament Chairpersons of parties (party leaders) represented in the German Federal Diet (according to the size of the parliamentary groups) Chairpersons of the parliamentary groups of the European Parliament Chairpersons of the parliamentary groups of the German Federal Diet (according to the size of the groups) Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament Deputy-Presidents of the German Federal Diet Presidents of the parliaments of the federated states (according to the Königstein agreement) The Vice-President of the Federal Constitutional Court High regional representatives of religious communities and high representatives of

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further significant religious communities with competence for the entire Germany • Metropolites and archbishops of the Catholic Church • The Metropolite and Archbishop of Bamberg • The Metropolite and Archbishop of Berlin (usually a Cardinal) • The Metropolite of the High Rhenanian Province and Archbishop of Freiburg • The Metropolite of the Northern Province and Archbishop of Hamburg • The Metropolite of Rhenanian Province and Archbishop of Cologne (usually a Cardinal) • The Metropolite of Bavarian Province and Archbishop of Munich and Freising (usually a Cardinal) • The Metropolite and Archbishop of Paderborn • Protestant Churches • The leading Bishop of the United Protestant Lutheran Church in Germany • The Chairpersons of the Moderamen of the Reformed Federation • The President of the Protestant Church of the Union • Metropolites and archbishops of the Orthodox Churches • Land-Rabbins • Land-Imams (currently not existing) Deputies of the heads of government of the federated states Ministers and senators (title of the ministers of the hanseatic cities and of Berlin) of the federated states Representatives of the UN special organisations Deputy chairpersons of the parties represented in the German Federal Diet Deputy chairpersons of the parliamentary groups of the German Federal Diet Former federal ministers Former heads of government of the federated states The President of the European Court of Audits The President of the Federal Court of Audits Heads of presidential or court offices and chancelleries of foreign Heads of State The Head of the Federal President’s Office

German order of precedence
59. Heads of offices and chancelleries of foreign heads of government 60. The Head of the Federal Chancellery (if not a federal minister) 61. Foreign associated or deputy ministers 62. Ministers of State of the Federation 63. Parliamentary State Secretaries of the Federation 64. Foreign (permanent) heads of national ministries 65. State Secretaries of the Federation 66. The German ambassador to the home country of the honorary or state host 67. State Secretaries of the federated states with cabinet rank 68. State Secretaries of the federated states 69. The Chancellor of the Order "Pour le Mérite" 70. Companions of the Grand Cross of the Order of Merits 71. The presidents of the supreme federal courts of justice • The President of the Federal Court of Justice • The President of the Federal Administrative Court of Justice 72. The Federal Prosecutor-General 73. High representatives of the (umbrella) organisations of the communes • The President of the Deutsche Städtetag • The President of the Deutsche Landkreistag • The President of the Deutsche Städteund Gemeindetag 74. The Inspector-General (chief of the joined staffs)of the German Federal Forces (Deutsche Bundeswehr) 75. The Ombudsman of the German Federal Diet 76. President sof the constitutional courts of the federated states 77. Chairpersons of the parties represented in the parliaments of the federated states 78. Chairpersons of the parliamentary groups of the parliaments of the federated states 79. Companions of the Great Cross of Merits with Star and Ribbon (Grand Commander)of the Order of Merits of the Federal Republic of Germany 80. High representatvies of welfare associations and of religious and social umbrella organisations and associations • The President of the German Red Cross • The President of the Paritätischen

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• The President of the German Caritas Association (Deutscher Caritasverband) • The President of the Workers’ Welfare Association (Arbeiterwohlfahrt) • The President of the Central Welfare Agency of the Jews • The President of the Social Association Of Germany (Sozialverband Deutschland) • The President of the German Sport Federation (Deutscher Sportbund) • The President of the German National Olympic Comittee

German order of precedence
• The President of the Central Committee of German Catholics • The President of the Association of German Superiors • The President of the Synod of the Protestant Church in Germany

References
Source: Order of precedence Website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior

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