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Acting in concert - Networks in which Munich is involved

Munich plays an active part in European city networks with a view to helping shape the future of Europe. If cities are to make themselves heard among the institutions of the EU, it is important for them to act in concert. It was this kind of togetherness, for example, that, for the first time, led to local self-government being mentioned as a legal basis in the Treaty of Lisbon. City networks are also valuable as a forum for dialogue between different cities.

A selection of the networks in which Munich is involved: 

EUROCITIES is Europe's foremost city network, bringing together more than 135 large cities in over 35 European countries. When EU institutions need answers to questions about city and urban issues, they normally turn first to EUROCITIES. Yet the network also serves as a fruitful platform for mutual dialogue, alongside its value in concentrating the political influence of local governments. Munich has been a member since 1992.
The most important EUROCITIES event is the annual Conference. 2014 Munich has the pleasure to host the meeting. Find first information here.
The "European Cities Delivering High Quality Services" brochure (663 KB, PDF) published by the Workgroup on Services of General Interest contains examples of projects from all over Europe, including Munich's Neighborhood Meetings and its Sustainable Waste Management project.
Department of Labor and Economic Development

Council of European Municipalities and Regions – CEMR
The Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) currently represents some 100,000 local and regional authorities in 39 European countries. The German section of the CEMR is itself made up of around 600 cities, towns and districts, all of which are committed to European activities. Munich has been a member since 1972 and currently has eight seats in the Delegates' Assembly, the German section's highest-ranking governing body. The City of Munich also has a regular seat on the Policy Committee (Councilor Claudia Tausend, SPD) and two deputy seats in the Executive Bureau (Councilor Lydia Dietrich, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, and Councilor Walter Zöller, CSU). Furthermore Munich is engaged in the focus group "Equality of women and men in local life", in the thematic plattform "Resource efficiency and environment" and in other working groups. The City of Munich thus uses every available opportunity to engage with EU politics and increase its political influence in Brussels.
The CEMR provides Munich with an (inter)national forum for networking and experience sharing, as well as keeping the city abreast of all the latest developments and funding options at EU level. The aim of both the German section and the European umbrella association is to ensure that the interests and concerns of members are represented in European legislative processes from an early stage. As such, the organization tackles issues such as regional policy, traffic and transport, the environment, equal opportunities, governance and employment and social policy.
Department of Labor and Economic Development

German Association of Cities
The German Association of Cities represents the interests of more than 3,400 cities and towns which themselves represent over 51 million people. One focus of its activities is seeking to ensure that the European Union gives due consideration to the work of cities and towns. In particular, the German Association of Cities influences legislative procedures by publishing position papers, negotiating with the representatives of national governments and the key EU governance bodies, and participating in the Brussels-based Committee of the Regions.
Munich is actively involved in several of the association's technical committees.
Department of Labor and Economic Development

Bavarian Association of Cities
Over 250 cities and towns belong to the Bavarian Association of Cities, which serves as its members' "advocate" in respect of parliament and the government, seeking to defend the cause of local self-government. It is also one of the sponsors of the European Office of the Bavarian Local Authorities in Brussels (see below). For the City of Munich, the key benefit of membership in this organization is being informed of and enabled to respond in good time to current developments.
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European Office of the Bavarian Local Authorities
The mission of the European Office of the Bavarian Local Authorities in Brussels is to quickly inform its members about European proceedings and initiatives that are of relevance to local governments, and to defend the interests of Bavarian local authorities at European level. Set up by Bavaria's top local government associations in collaboration with the Bavarian Association of Local Government Auditors, the European Office represents more than 275 cities, 2,000 municipalities and all of Bavaria's counties and districts. For the City of Munich, the most useful factor is a "direct line" to Brussels.
Department of Labor and Economic Development

Climate Alliance
1,600 cities, municipalities and districts have joined forces with federal states, provinces, non-government organizations and other organizations throughout Europe to form the Climate Alliance. In so doing, they have entered into partnership with indigenous rainforest peoples in the Amazon Basin. The Chairman of the Climate Alliance is Joachim Lorenz, Head of the Department of Health and the Environment in Munich. The organization forges links between local action and international political processes in relation to climate protection, biodiversity and the rainforests.
The Climate Alliance strives to reduce emissions that damage the climate to a sustainable level in the industrialized nations of the northern hemisphere and protect the rainforests in the southern hemisphere. Its members elaborate extensive climate protection strategies and take a broad spectrum of actions to achieve these goals, focusing primarily on energy, sustainable urban development and traffic and transport. They avoid the use of tropical timber from overexploitative practices, thereby contributing to the preservation of tropical rainforests.

Energy Cities
More than 1,000 cities and municipalities, local energy agencies and local government utilities in 30 countries work together under the auspices of the Energy Cities network (formerly "Energie Cités"). Their common objective is to strengthen both the role and skills of local authorities in the field of the sustainable generation and use of energy. They also represent local government interests at European level in the fields of energy and environmental policy and promote knowledge transfer between local authorities. By no means least, they initiate joint projects. In light of its own ambitious climate protection targets and its "Integrated Plan of Action on Climate Protection", Munich sees Energy Cities as an important forum for dialogue, a network in which to demonstrate its own presence and commitment, and a valuable source of information.


European Land and Soil Alliance
The European Land and Soil Alliance is an association of more than 100 local governments plus around 40 public authorities and sponsors throughout Europe. These organizations have set themselves the goal of actively promoting the sustainable use of land and soil. Aware of their share of global responsibility, all members are committed to resolute action on a local level. They thus engage in joint activities to protect the soil and influence regional development. At the same time, they benefit from collaboration and the pooling of information and experience with their partners in the alliance.


Healthy Cities Network
The German Healthy Cities Network sees itself as part of the World Health Organization's international Healthy Cities initiative. Its goals include advancing the social policy challenge of focusing public awareness on the cultivation of healthy lifestyles. The network's fundamental objectives are: to promote the active participation of citizens and encourage active self-help initiatives; to promote healthy living in all areas of society; to advocate equal opportunities; and to introduce health reporting. Since the network primarily targets professional experts, the City of Munich uses it essentially for cooperation and projects and as a source of information.
European Forum for Urban Security (EFUS)
The European Forum for Urban Security represents more than 300 municipalities from 17 European countries. The network concerns itself with all key issues relating to urban security and crime prevention. It seeks to promote both the pooling of experience and collaboration between European cities. EFUS also serves as a source of information about EU projects and helps local authorities to apply for projects and funding. In addition, the forum organizes security audits, knowledge transfer, technical support, scientific analyses and practical assistance on the development of local prevention strategies and programs – often in collaboration with partner organizations. EFUS plays an active part in various aspects of crime prevention at local level. Examples include public spaces and urban development, drugs and addiction, the fear of crime, police work, conflict management and mediation, violence against women, youth work, schools and education, integration and migration, transport and tourism, and the protection of victims.


Xarxa FP Network
Munich is a member of the Xarxa FP network, an association of more than 20 European cities. Xarxa is committed to improving the quality of professional training, facilitating and promoting the sharing of internships between training centers and companies, creating projects for the transition from education to work, participating in European programs and initiatives (primarily the Leonardo da Vinci program) and engaging in Europe-wide collaboration.
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