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Munich: trying out new strategies and ideas in projects funded by the EU...

The EU provides funding and support for numerous projects in many different areas. Social aid projects, campaigns to help the unemployed, concepts to optimize urban mobility… These are just a few examples of the many projects and initiatives that would probably never get off the ground without money from Brussels. Since most such projects have a pan-European focus, intensive dialogue and the sharing of ideas allows us to learn from each other's experience.

The City of Munich's Annual Report on European Activities 2016  provides a useful overview of all EU-backed projects that were conducted (or in progress) in Munich in 2014.


EUMUC-IVT - Foreign Experience for People in Vocational Training

Attending the programme of EUMUC-IVT (programme Leonardo da Vinci), pupils from vocational schools are given the chance to learn the characteristics of their particular professions abroad. Thanks to a targeted preparation and to the stay itself, the participants can improve and strengthen their foreign language as well as their intercultural skills. Those individual aspects indicate an overall objective: a preparation not merely on a technical base, but also in the field of their soft skills. As a result, the trainees from vocational schools in Munich are perfectly prepared for all areas of an internationalising working environment.
The project period is from 2013 until 2015. Behind it, there is a strategy of Europeanisation for vocational schools in Munich: Those, who have not applied for a Leonardo-project themselves yet, shall be given the opportunity to send their students abroad in this way. Thereby, experiences are to be collected and contacts can be established in order to implement similar projects.
Contact: Department of Education and Sports, Institute for Teacher Development (Unit for International and European Exchanges and Projects),

PREVENT - The role of parents in preventing early school leaving

The City of Munich has been involved in the PREVENT project since January 2013 (project duration: 2013 -2015). Prevent is about the involvement of parents in the prevention of early school leaving. The project is funded by URBACT, a European exchange and learning programme promoting sustainable urban development ( The aim of PREVENT is to share ideas and good practice between the ten participating European cities and to elaborate the already existing projects and initiatives in Munich. According to the “Europe 2020 Strategy” the reduction of early school leavers (18- to 24-year-olds who are not in any form of schooling or vocational education and who do not have formally completed secondary education) to below 10% is a big interest and an important challenge. All European partners consider the role of parents in the prevention of this problem to be crucial (
The Munich team for PREVENT is based in the Institute for Teacher Development (Unit for International and European Exchanges and Projects and Unit for Early Childhood Education) and the unit for Local Education Management in the Department for Education and Sports.
Contact: Department of Education and Sports, Institute for Teacher Development (Unit for International and European Exchanges and Projects),

IECEC - Inclusive Early Childhood Education

Inclusion is increasingly gaining centre stage within the Department of Education and Sports, which is expanding the integrative approaches in Munich day care centres by this aspect. At this extensive process, it is helpful to see the bigger picture: In Edinburgh, there are already diverse institutions which are advanced regarding the aspect of inclusion. This is where the IECEC-project, which is supported by the LEONARDO DA VINCI – programme, begins. A group of consultants, coming from the department KITA (= ‘Kindertagesstätte’; corresponding to the English ‘day care centre’), have travelled to Edinburgh from the first until the 14th of September, 2013. They were accompanied by executive personnel from integrative facilities. The participants were given the chance to make themselves familiar with the Scottish system of early childhood education. The essence of the stay was job shadowing within various inclusive institutions. The acquired impressions will be reflected in several workshops back in Munich. A pamphlet and advanced training courses will help circulating the acquired information.
Contact: Department of Education and Sports, Institute for Teacher Development (Unit for International and European Exchanges and Projects),


Do the right mix - Single-Source Mobility" pilot project singled out by EU Commission*

"Single-Source Mobility" is the first project in Germany to bring together different sustainable transportation offerings. The idea is to give local residents a taste for seamless urban mobility that dispenses with private cars completely. People who participate in the program can hire cars, bicycles and trailers and buy public transport tickets conveniently at any STATTAUTO station.
The project was initiated by the Munich Department of Public Order, WOGENO (a Munich-based cooperative for self-managed, socially equitable and ecofriendly housing) and Munich public transport utility MVG. It is supported by three partners: STATTAUTO, Fidelio and the Pedelec Center.
If the project proves itself over time, the plan is to boost the number of users and extend its offerings to other cities too. While hire systems are currently available in a variety of municipalities throughout Germany, the Munich pilot project is the first to offer several means of transport from a single source.
As part of its "Do The Right Mix" campaign for sustainable inner-city mobility, the EU Commission presented awards for 21 projects and initiatives at the close of 2012. The only German winner was Munich's "Single-Source Mobility" project which thereby receives funding.
Contact: Department of Public Order,


Schule für Alle - Schooling for All

In July 2012, Munich's Social Services Department set up a new EU project: Schooling for All. The three-part collaborative project to provide individual language training and development to children youngsters and to foster intercultural openness in schools is supported by the European Integration Fund (EIF). Phase one of the project involves language assistance courses for Munich schoolchildren from non-EU countries or from migrant family backgrounds.
Phase two seeks to establish "German as a second language" in teacher training and add-on courses. The last phase of the project aims to tackle the issue of intercultural school development, creating a stronger structural basis for this topic. Schooling for All will run until mid-2015. It is being realized in collaboration with partners.

PUMAS – Planning Sustainable Regional-Urban Mobility in the Alpine Space

Munich's Department of Health and the Environment (RGU) and the Munich Transport Network (MVV) are partners in the PUMAS project of the European Union's Alpine Space programme. The project was launched in July 2012 and runs for a period of two and a half years. The acronym PUMAS stands for Planning sustainable regional-Urban Mobility in the Alpine Space. Other projects partners are Venice (lead partner), Vienna, Turin, Lyon and UIRS Nova Gorica, the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia and the Hagen Distance Learning University.
The Pumas project aims at improving mobility in urban agglomerations and the neighbouring settlement areas in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. The local solutions developed by the partner cities are discussed and evaluated among the partners and adapted for use in the entire Alpine space.
Within the scope of the Pumas project, RGU and MVV work towards enhancing the integration of walking, cycling and public transport. The recommendations for inner-city cycling routes currently listed on the website of RGU are to be merged with the timetable information provided by MVV and extended to the region. That way, citizens can plan their trips as a combination of cycling, MVV-covered public transport and walking if they wish; and they will also be able to take bikes on subway and suburban trains as well as bike rentals into consideration. The special needs of persons with physical impairments will be taken into consideration just like the growing popularity of e-bikes and online mobile devices used for planning and navigation.
Contact: Department of Health and the Environment,

MORECO – Exploring the relationship between mobility and residential costs

The MORECO acronym stands for "MObility and REsidential COsts". In the MORECO project, European partners concern themselves with the relationship between mobility and residential costs for both private households and public organizations. What added financial burden will I face as a private individual after, say, moving to a new home? How much will it cost to get from there to work? What means of transport will be the most cost-effective? These and similar questions are of interest not just to the individuals concerned, but also to local authorities and even to banks in their capacity as lenders. And these are the kind of questions the MORECO project is investigating in order to provide more accurate predictions. For Munich, one aim is to improve the residential and mobility cost calculator developed by the Munich Association of Public Transport Authorities MVV and to update the Accessibility Atlas published by the European Metropolitan Region Munich.
The project us funded under the aegis of the EU's Alpine Space Program and runs from summer 2011 until summer 2014.

FIBA – Training and careers for refugees

The FIBA training and careers project for refugees in eastern Bavaria (the name derives from the German acronym) seeks to promote integration in the labor market for refugees who are entitled to stay in Germany and individuals whose residency is uncertain. Participants receive advice about their options for accessing the labor market, educational services, vocational training and courses to improve their German language skills.
Placing people in work and training is a key focus of the project, which also involves raising awareness among players in the labor market of the specific life situation faced by project participants.
The three-year project began in 2011 and receives funding from both the European Social Fund and the federal government. Partners to the project include support organizations in Munich, Nuremberg and eastern Bavaria.
Contact: Department of Social Services, +

Europafit – Work exchange opportunities for the City's administrative staff

Within the framework of this project, seven employees of the Department of Labor and Economic Development spent two weeks sitting in on the work of the local government administration in Edinburgh, one of Munich's partner cities. This work exchange opportunity was designed to familiarize staff with the whole, broad spectrum of economic development topics and European activities in the Scottish capital, as well improving their language and intercultural skills. As a reaction to the very positive feedback the Department of Social Services started exchanges as well in 2012. Until 2014 four Munich employees will visit for example Liverpool.
Since May 2013 "Europafit 2013" is approved for work exchanges in eight countries and 24 participants out of eight departments from Munich's administration.
"Europafit" is funded by the European Commission's Leonardo da Vinci Program. It began in August 2011 and will run at least until May 2015.
Department of Labor and Economic Development,

guide – Initiative for female startup entrepreneurs

guide encourages women in and around Munich to venture into self-employment, helping them to prepare for a successful freelance or entrepreneurial career. The services provided focus on the preparatory phase before a business is launched, fleshing out the business idea, assisting with production of a professional business plan and accompanying the first steps into self-employment. Participants receive professional, one-on-one startup advice, coaching and offers of training and development, all of which is tailored specifically to the needs of female startup entrepreneurs.
guide receives funding from the European Social Fund.
Do you have an interesting business idea? Are you considering self-employment, but are not yet sure how that works? Then get in touch with GUIDE:
or contact the Department of Labor and Economic Development:

SEGMENT – Mobility project for people in transitional life phases

The EU's SEGMENT project (SEGmented Marketing for ENergy efficient Transport) centers around mobility management for people who find themselves in transitional life phases. Examples include newly arrived residents, families with children who are moving up to higher levels of schooling and education and new foreign residents/migrants. These people are expected to be most open to information about – and the possibility of switching to – more eco-friendly mobility.
The project runs from 2010 until 2013. During this period, three distinct campaigns – specially for new residents, for migrants from other countries and covering the topic of cycling to higher schools – were developed, implemented and evaluated. Five other European cities – Almada, Gdynia, Hounslow, Sofia and Utrecht – are following the same pattern to maximize the benefit of experience sharing and optimize the learning curve over the entire duration of the project. SEGMENT is funded as part of the Intelligent Energy Europe program (an EU CIP program).
Department of Public Order,

EnergyCity – Reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions in Europe's cities

The project entitled "EnergyCity – Reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions in cities across Central Europe" is seeking to develop a web-based spatial information system to measure and visualize CO2 emissions in a number of Central European cities – including Munich – and to implement the system in some of these cities. The information system will use thermal imaging to identify and plot a map of heat energy losses, and the resultant CO2 emissions, from buildings. The cost and effectiveness of various actions to modernize building energy systems and make use of renewable energy are then to be compared.
EnergyCity will, for example, play a part in harmonizing the monitoring of urban carbon emissions and making monitoring more effective throughout Europe. Munich also expects the pooling of knowledge and experience with project partners to provide valuable stimulus so that the city can advance its own Integrated Plan of Action on Climate Protection. Ten universities, non-government organizations and local government administrations from six countries are taking part in EnergyCity. The project is funded by the EU's Central Europe program and runs from 2010 until 2012.

mona lea - Language and vocational qualification for female migrants
Since 2008, the mona lea program at the Munich adult education center has been given female migrants a broad spectrum of opportunities to earn language and vocational qualifications. The lines of work that are currently open to participants are office communication, healthcare/nursing care, retail/sales and childcare.
mona lea is funded by the Munich Department of Social Services and the European Social Fund (ESF). More than 300 women have completed the program since 2008, acquiring knowledge and skills that have made it easer for many of them to find work and education. In 2012, the mona lea project was ramped up. As a result, more than 100 female migrants from 43 different countries have had new career prospects opened up to them since April.
Contact: Department of Social Services,

Coming Home – Helping migrant persons to return home

Coming Home helps refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants who have to be repatriated to return to and become reintegrated in their home country. Personal advice, travel organization, financial and material assistance, support for new business startups, aspects of vocational training and useful contacts in the person's home country are provided. National and international organizations act as project partners. Coming Home was launched in 2000. It is funded by the European Return Fund and the Free State of Bavaria.
Contact: Department of Social Services,