Parliamentary state secretaries
The parliamentary state secretaries help the minister carry out his duties. In particular, they work to maintain good relations with the Bundestag and Bundesrat and their committees, with the parliamentary groups and their task forces, and with the political parties. The federal minister decides which tasks to delegate to each parliamentary state secretary. The parliamentary state secretaries represent the federal minister in these areas and in individual cases as the minister decides. The parliamentary state secretaries must be elected members of the German Bundestag. Parliamentary state secretaries are appointed by the federal president at the recommendation of the federal chancellor in consultation with the relevant federal minister.