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Cit­i­zens / as­so­ci­a­tions

The Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion is re­spon­si­ble for or­ga­niz­ing the award of hon­ours and dis­tinc­tions. The Fed­er­al Pres­i­dent sends let­ters to cit­i­zens con­grat­u­lat­ing them at spe­cial an­niver­saries or let­ters to his god­chil­dren; the BVA pre­pares these let­ters in co­op­er­a­tion with cities, towns, and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. Fur­ther­more, the BVA is in­volved in award­ing dis­tinc­tions pre­sent­ed by the Fed­er­al Pres­i­dent to long-es­tab­lished as­so­ci­a­tions.

The new iden­ti­ty card is a mile­stone im­prov­ing gov­ern­ment’s re­spon­sive­ness to cit­i­zens’ needs. The in­te­grat­ed eID func­tion al­lows sim­ple and re­li­able on­line iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. How­ev­er, on­ly busi­ness­es and au­thor­i­ties with a cer­tifi­cate from the au­thor­i­ty re­spon­si­ble for is­su­ing au­tho­riza­tion cer­tifi­cates (VfB) of the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion can ac­cess the users' da­ta. An­oth­er ex­am­ple is the Eu­ro­pean cit­i­zens' ini­tia­tive in which the BVA checks state­ments of sup­port col­lect­ed by Eu­ro­pean cit­i­zens' ini­tia­tives in Ger­many.

A spe­cial task of the BVA is fast and prag­mat­ic as­sis­tance for short-term prob­lems. Fol­low­ing trag­ic events like the Cher­nobyl dis­as­ter in 1986 or the 2004 tsuna­mi in the In­di­an Ocean, the BVA pro­vides peo­ple con­cerned with un­bu­reau­crat­ic im­me­di­ate as­sis­tance.

Stempel und Stempelkissen


The Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial­ly cer­ti­fies sig­na­tures and Ger­man of­fi­cial doc­u­ments for use out­side Ger­many and is­sues apos­tille on fed­er­al doc­u­ments for use in ac­ces­sion coun­tries of the Hague Con­ven­tion.

ESF for Germany

ESF cer­ti­fi­ca­tion au­thor­i­ty

The ESF cer­ti­fi­ca­tion au­thor­i­ty at the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion has been com­mis­sioned by the Fed­er­al Min­istry of Labour and So­cial Af­fairs (Bun­desmin­is­teri­um für Ar­beit und Soziales, BMAS) which is re­spon­si­ble for the op­er­a­tional pro­gramme of the Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment as a whole to per­form tasks on their be­half.

ESF for Germany

ESF man­ag­ing au­thor­i­ty

The Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion (BVA) is the ESF man­ag­ing au­thor­i­ty. It is re­spon­si­ble for the plan­ning, im­ple­men­ta­tion and ac­counts of fund­ing pro­grammes.

Europäische Bürgerinitiative

Eu­ro­pean Cit­i­zens' Ini­tia­tive

Since 1 April 2012, the Lis­bon Treaty in­tro­duces a new form of pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion in Eu­ro­pean Union pol­i­cy shap­ing. EU cit­i­zens have the op­por­tu­ni­ty to launch a so-called Eu­ro­pean Cit­i­zens' Ini­tia­tive to in­vite the Eu­ro­pean Com­mis­sion to bring for­ward pro­pos­als for le­gal acts in all pol­i­cy ar­eas where the Com­mis­sion has the pow­er to do so.

Teaserbild Funddokumente

Ser­vice point for found for­eign doc­u­ments

The Act Amend­ing the Res­i­dence Act and oth­er laws re­quires the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion to man­age a database (database on found doc­u­ments) con­tain­ing in­for­ma­tion on found iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ments of na­tion­als of coun­tries list­ed in An­nex I of Reg­u­la­tion (EC) No 539/2001 which are is­sued by for­eign pub­lic bod­ies (Ar­ti­cle 49 of the Res­i­dence Act).

Your Europe Logo

Your Eu­rope Por­tal

Since 2005, the Na­tion­al Co­or­di­na­tion Unit for the EU Your Eu­rope por­tal has been lo­cat­ed at the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion. "Your Eu­rope" is a mul­ti­lin­gual pub­lic on­line in­for­ma­tion por­tal op­er­at­ed by the Eu­ro­pean Com­mis­sion in co­op­er­a­tion with the Mem­ber States.