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Administrative divisions of Germany.

Gemeindeverband is an union of at least two municipalities (German: Gemeinde) in Germany to form a Körperschaft des öffentlichen Rechts (statutory corporation) with the purpose to exercise the powers of self-government at a larger scale, while maintaining autonomy of its members.

The word is mentioned multiple times in the German constitution (German: Grundgesetz),[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14] but without an exact definition.

The States of Germany have slightly different kinds of a Gemeindeverband:

Gemeindeverbände unterhalb der Kreisebene (collective municipalities) to allow direct co-operation of municipalities:

Gemeindeverbände oberhalb der Kreisebene to allow direct co-operation of districts (Landkreis), commonly summarised as higher municipal association (German: Höherer Kommunalverband:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Art. 28 Grundgesetz (GG) [ Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany]
  2. ^ Art. 84 Grundgesetz (GG) [ Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany]
  3. ^ Art. 85 Grundgesetz (GG) [ Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany]
  4. ^ Art. 91e Grundgesetz (GG) [ Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany]
  5. ^ Art. 93 Grundgesetz (GG) [ Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany]
  6. ^ Art. 104b Grundgesetz (GG) [ Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany]
  7. ^ Art. 105 Grundgesetz (GG) [ Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany]
  8. ^ Art. 106 Grundgesetz (GG) [ Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany]
  9. ^ Art. 107 Grundgesetz (GG) [ Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany]
  10. ^ Art. 108 Grundgesetz (GG) [ Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany]
  11. ^ Art. 115c Grundgesetz (GG) [ Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany]
  12. ^ Art. 120 Grundgesetz (GG) [ Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany]
  13. ^ Art. 134 Grundgesetz (GG) [ Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany]
  14. ^ Art. 135a Grundgesetz (GG) [ Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany]