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Role and responsibilities

The Mediation Committee is a body that acts on the part of both the Bundestag and the Bundesrat. The Committee is composed of 16 members of the Bundesrat and 16 Members of the Bundestag, who are appointed in proportion to the strengths of the parliamentary groups. It has the task of seeking a consensus between the Bundestag and the Bundesrat when legislation passed by the Bundestag fails to find a majority in the Bundesrat. If decisions by the Mediation Committee deviate from those of the Bundestag, a new Bundestag decision is required. If the consent of the Bundesrat is required for a law, the Bundestag and the Federal Government may also demand that the Mediation Committee be convened in order to reach agreement.