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Military government weekly information bulletin
No. 17 (November 1945)

Highlights of policy,   pp. 5-9 PDF (2.4 MB)

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Minister Presidents'
The results of the second meeting
of the Council of Minister Presidents
of Bavaria, North Wfirttemberg-Ba-
den and Great Hesse, held at Stuttgart
on November 6th, shed further light-on
the character and functions of the
newly-created Landerrat, which was
inaugurated by the Deputy Military
Governor on October 17th.
In the interval between the two
meetings, the common Secretariat was
organized. When the Minister Presi-
dents met on November 6th, this ad-
ministrative arm of the Council was
already partly operative.
The opening session of the Council
was presided over by the Director of
the Office of Military Government
(U. S. Zone), who announced the ap-
proval for the Charter for the common
Secretariat of the Council, proposed at
the first meeting. The Director poin-
ted out that, subject to Military Govern-
ment approval, the Council is re-
sponsible for co-ordinating all matters
concerning more than one Land.
Dr. Reinhold Maier, Minister Presi-
dent of North WUrttemberg-Baden,
presided at subsequent meetings of the
Council. In his opening address, he
noted that there is historical precedent
for having Stuttgart as the site for
the Council's meetings. In 1920, after
the East Prussian Junkers (together
with the Wehrmacht Generals) had
threatened the Weimar Republic, the
second German National Committee
(elected in 1919) fled to the Wfirttem-
Newly-formed Council enables Lander
to cope with vital problems affecting
Zone as a whole.
berg capitol and there formed a pro-
visional parliament.
Dr. MIaier emphasized the need for
the Council when he said: "In April
and May of this year, the Allied Ar-
mies occupied all of Germany. Atfirst,
the Kreis. . . was the largest unit for
us to operate. We later received the
higher unit, the Land. When we looked
around our new districts... and con-
templated the great needs.. we be-
came aware that alone [(each State
is] not able to solve the vital problems
of public life, especially the economic
questions. Traffic, trade, finance....
and many other matters extend over
the whole territory 'of the Reich -
matters so intensive and complicated
that they can only be solved by co-
operation and the help of such an
organization as is here being created."
The lengthy agenda for the November
6th meeting included study and ap-
proval of the Organization Plan for
the Council. In 'accordance with this
plan, the Council consists of the Mi-
nister Presidents, each having under
him a deputy and such technical ad-
visers as he requires; the common
Secretariat (an administrative, not an
executive body); and, under the Sec-
retariat, Committees concerned with
the various functional questions of

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