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I have checked Google translate and leo.de. However, I wasn't able to discern the difference between the two words, because both seem to translate generically to committee. What is the difference between Ausschuss and Gremium?

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Ausschuss is possibly best matched by subcommittee: a group elects a subgroup to deal with a special topic. Currently well known due to press coverage are the Untersuchungsausschüsse from the German Bundestag.

A gremium ist just a sort of established group: examples are standardization groups, where industry chooses the delegates, Mitbestimmungsgremien like pupil parent association, representation of the workforce in companies and many more.

Summarized: any Ausschuss is also a Gremium, but not vice versa.

  • This should probably be a separate question, but how does "Behoerde" fit in relation to the other two words? Here I'm thinking of a book by Jurek Becker: "Irrefuehrung der Behoerde." – Ted Apr 29 '15 at 18:14
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    @Ted Yes that should definitely be a different question. (a.k.a. please don't ask questions in comments but start a new question instead ;)) – Jan Apr 29 '15 at 18:45

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