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The tasks of the Bundesbank

The Deutsche Bundesbank is the central bank of the Federal Republic of Germany. Eurosystem monetary policy is the Bundesbank’s core business area. Other core business areas include the financial and monetary system, banking supervision, cashless payments and cash operations.


Organisation of the Deutsche Bundesbank

The Deutsche Bundesbank was established as the central bank of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1957. The Bundesbank's Central Office is located in Frankfurt am Main and employs 3,801 of the Bundesbank's total of 9,560 staff.


Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank

The Bundesbank's decision-making body is the Executive Board. It comprises the President, the Deputy President and other members.


Core staff

The Bundesbank: key figures

Compared with the end of 2001, when the Bundesbank employed 14,800 core staff, the 31 December 2014 figure of 9,532 represents a decline of 5,268 employees or 35.6%.


Gesetz über die Deutsche Bundesbank, in the wording of the announcement of 22 October 1992 (Federal Law Gazette I (Bundesgesetzblatt I), page 1782), as last amended by article 23 of the Act implementing Directive 2011/61/EU on Alternative Investment Fund Managers (Gesetz zur Umsetzung der Richtlinie 2011/61/EU über die Verwalter alternativer Investmentfonds (AIFM-Umsetzungsgesetz – AIFM-UmsG)) of 4 July 2013 (Federal Law Gazette I, page 1981). This (revised) translation has been prepared by the Deutsche Bundesbank for the convenience of English-speaking readers. It is not official; the only authentic text is the German one as published in the Federal Law Gazette.

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Additional information

Safeguarding stability  

Cover: Safeguarding stability

What instruments are available to monetary policy makers? Why must credit institutions be supervised? And how are TARGET2 balances created? The brochure “Safeguarding stability” provides an insight into the broad range of Bundesbank topics.


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