Minister with no portfolio

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Minister without portfolio , also minister without portfolio , Conference Minister or Minister of State is a Minister called the true seat and full voting rights in the respective government , but has no separate department conducts.

There can be various motivations for the appointment of special ministers. Sometimes it is necessary to coordinate certain tasks at government level for a limited period of time that do not fit into the division of departments (e.g. Rainer Eppelmann in the Modrow government in connection with German reunification ). Often one tries to involve important party members in the government discipline. It can be seen particularly often in the UK , where the Prime Minister appoints these people who are then entrusted with important mediation and coordination tasks, such as Peter Mandelson . In still other cases it is purely honorary titles for deserving personalities.


  • In the Federal Republic of Germany such a special minister is often given the title of Federal Minister for Special Tasks , in other governments it is occasionally given the title of Council of State .
  • In Austria, the division of responsibilities is laid down in the Federal Ministries Act. If new federal ministries are envisaged in a new federal government (e.g. resulting from division), the relevant federal ministers are temporarily sworn in as federal ministers without a portfolio until they can take over their actual portfolio after the necessary legal change has come into force. In addition, there are real ministers without a portfolio, these are referred to as ministers of the Chancellery because they directly assist the Chancellor.


Individual evidence

  1. Franz Lehner, Ulrich Widmaier : Comparative Government (= basic knowledge of politics. Vol. 4). 4th, revised edition. Leske + Budrich, Opladen 2002, ISBN 3-8100-3199-2 , p. 90.