The Finance and General Purposes Committee has a special role: Along with the Council it is the second institution of the municipality which is allotted special assignments for deciding on its own.
One of its essential duties is to prepare the decisions of the Council. In most cases, for this the Expert Committees and the District Councils have already provided recommendations.
The Finance and General Purposes Committee is in charge of those matters which neither require a resolution by the Council, by the District Councils or the specialist committees, nor are incumbent on the Mayor and CEO of the City of Hanover.
In particular cases or for a set of issues, the Finance and General Purposes Committee can assign its responsibility to the Mayor.
For the City of Hannover the Finance and General Purposes Committee consists of
The Mayor as the chairman and ten associates, who are appointed from among the Council members’ number. Three of these are deputies of the Mayor and carry the denomination Deputy Mayor. The other members are associates (Beigeordnete).
Four Alder(wo)men are additional members as holders of a fundamental mandate.
Furthermore seven Elective Officers leading a Directorate belong to the Finance and General Purposes Committee. These elective officers do not have voting rights; they are members in an advisory capacity. The same goes for the holders of a fundamental mandate.
In Hannover the Finance and General Purposes Committee normally convenes once a week. Its gatherings are not public, but the population is informed about important decisions through the press.