Constitution of Berlin

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Basic data
Title: Constitution of Berlin           
Abbreviation: VvB, BlnVerf
Type: State Law
Scope: Berlin
Legal matter: Constitutional law
References : BRV 100-1
Original version from: September 1, 1950
( VOBl. I p. 433)
Entry into force on: October 1, 1950
Last revision from: November 23, 1995
( GVBl. P. 779)
Entry into force of the
new version on:
November 29, 1995
Last change by: Art. 1 G of March 22, 2016
(GVBl, p. 114)
Effective date of the
last change:
April 6, 2016
(Art. 2 G of March 22, 2016)
Weblink: Full text of the VvB
Please note the note on the applicable legal version.

The constitution of Berlin ( short: VvB ) is the state constitution of the German state of Berlin .

Current is the constitution of November 23, 1995, which was passed by the Berlin House of Representatives on June 8, 1995 and approved by a majority of the Berliners in the referendum on October 22, 1995, with the following changes ( see info box with the basic data ).


It replaced the constitution of September 1, 1950. There were significant additions to the previously applicable constitution in Section II: The catalog of basic rights was expanded, state goals were newly introduced into the constitution and the prohibition of discrimination was established for the first time. In Section III, the rights of MPs were extended and the office of data protection officer was established. Section V has been expanded to include options for people's legislation in a three-stage process of popular initiative , referendum and referendum . Section VII finally laid the foundation for the constitutional court of the state of Berlin .

The constitution of 1950 already claimed validity for the whole of Berlin in its Article 4, but until reunification could de facto only be enforced in West Berlin and not in East Berlin . Since January 11, 1991, it was then valid for all of Berlin.

The constitution of Berlin has no relation to God . Protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation has been added to Article 10 (2 ).

Structure and content

The Berlin constitution is divided into 9 sections and 101 articles:


In the will to protect the freedom and rights of every individual, to order community and economy democratically and to serve the spirit of social progress and peace, Berlin, the capital of united Germany, has given itself this constitution:

I. Basics
II Fundamental rights, state goals
III The People's Representation (the Berlin House of Representatives )
IV The government (the Senate of Berlin )
V The legislation
VI The administration
VII The administration of justice
VIII Finance
IX Transitional and final provisions


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