The Beobachter der Länder bei der Europäischen Union (Länderbeobachter – Observer of the Länder) is a common institution of the 16 German Länder. Its task is to support the Bundesrat when obtaining its rights concerning EU affairs and to inform the Länder about processes which are significant for them in the European context. The Länderbeobachter’s main duty is to attend and report on the meetings of the Council of the European Union. Thus the Länder are able to control how the resolutions of the Bundesrat were taken into account and adopted by the Federal Government in the negotiations. The Länderbeobachter works closely with the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union; its office is located in Brussels.