People's Economic Council

People's Economic Council

People's Economic Council

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The People's Economic Council (German: Volkswirtschaftsrat (VWR)) of the German Democratic Republic was established in July 1961 as a successor to the Department of Industry and the Department for Material Supply, both of which had previously been subordinate to the State Plan Commission. The purpose of the Council was to serve as an independent "central state body" for the management of industry, national and local, and to determine how to allocate the means of production within the country.

The Council was represented in the Council of Ministers of the German Democratic Republic, serving in the capacity of a Ministry of Industry, managing the executive administration of industrial planning. The Council drafted on the basis of the decisions of the Council of Ministers, the Perspektivplanes, the guide ratios and the guidelines of the State Plan Commission the annual plan for the industry, and realized through its industry units, and VVB the economic councils of the districts in the industry, the Code of the SED and the government established principles of economic policy.

The individual sections of the industry were VWR for the preparation and reporting of the annual plan of its economic sphere fully responsible and led the associated VVB, scientific institutes and design offices in compliance with the responsibility and independence of VVB. The VWR had with the economic resources instances economy and district councils the right to. Alfred Neumann was appointed to...
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