In accordance with Section 5, Paragraph 1 Ethics Council Act, the appointment was preceded by the nomination of half of the members at the proposal of the German Bundestag and half at the proposal of the Federal Government. On 23 April 2020, the Bundestag confirmed the candidates proposed by the parliamentary groups CDU/CSU, SPD, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, Die Linke and FDP:
Steffen Augsberg (CDU/CSU parliamentary group)
Petra Bahr (CDU/CSU parliamentary group)
Hans-Ulrich Demuth (Die Linke parliamentary group)
Helmut Frister (FDP parliamentary group)
Sigrid Graumann (Bündnis90/Die Grünen parliamentary group)
Andreas Kruse (SPD parliamentary group)
Andreas Lob-Hüdepohl (CDU/CSU parliamentary group)
Julian Nida-Rümelin (SPD parliamentary group)
Annette Riedel (SPD parliamentary group)
Stephan Rixen (CDU/CSU parliamentary group)
Kerstin Schlögl-Flierl (CDU/CSU parliamentary group)
The candidates Axel W. Bauer and Helmut Hahn, nominated by the AFD parliamentary group, were rejected by a majority of the Bundestag.
The Federal Government had already nominated their candidates at the beginning of April:
Alena M. Buyx
Frauke Meta Rostalski
Three members who were appointed to the German Ethics Council outside the regular rotation between 2016 and 2018 on proposal of the Federal Government will continue to belong to it:
Carl Friedrich Gethmann
The Council, which now has 24 members, is expected to meet for its first plenary session in Berlin on 28 May 2020.
Further information on the members of the Ethics Council is available at https://www.ethikrat.org/en/members.