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Delegates (from the Latin delegāre “to send, entrust”, noun: the delegation ) are actors who have been elected or have been personally commissioned by a competent authority, who are assigned the task of specific action by means of individual power of attorney.

Delegates by field of activity


The members of the German Bundestag are, for example, delegates of the German people, see MPs . Individuals can also be delegated from their ranks, as well as from parties , in order to take part in training courses , events or summits .

In the United States House of Representatives, a distinction is made between representatives and delegates. While MPs represent a state , the delegates come from the dependent areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam as well as the capital district of Washington, DC They only have voting rights in the committees , but not in the House of Representatives itself.

The party congresses of the parties are made up of either their members or the delegates of the lower levels, e.g. B. regional associations, district associations or district associations together. The number of delegates is mostly based on the number of members of a party in the relevant regional association.


Delegates are representatives of interests at a superordinate club section, or at an umbrella organization . Delegates have active and passive voting rights through their delegation status , are allowed to take part in votes and are reimbursed for expenses and accommodation upon request. A special form are closed meetings or training courses . Further details are regulated in association law.


Councils are delegates to business enterprises , which from a certain number of employees laid employee can be formed. You have the task of representing the interests of the employees vis-à-vis the employer. Details on this are regulated in the Works Constitution Act.

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