Mannheim citizens make recommendations on education, migration and economic development

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Mannheim's panel event provided an opportunity for citizens to exchange views on the future of the EU and draw up suggestions on three important topics.

The consultation was intended to involve the interests of citizens in discussions about the future of education, migration and economic development in Europe.

To facilitate discussions, the panel was divided into working groups.

Working group Moderation Expert
Education 1 Klemens Hotz, head, Youth Development Department, City of Mannheim Frank Schaller, teacher, Marie-Curie-Realschule Mannheim
Education 2 Rosa Omenaca, moderator Heike Fleischmann, head, Educational Planning/School Development, City of Mannheim
Migration 1 Daphne Hadjiandreou Boll, head, Department of Aid for Refugees, City of Mannheim Fathi Ekinci, member, Migration Advisory Board, City of Mannheim; Claus Preißler, commissioner, Integration and Migration, City of Mannheim
Economic development 1 Christiane Ram, head, Department of Economic and Structural Development, City of Mannheim Philip Kohl, director, entrepreneur
Economic development 2 Dr Matthias Rauch, head, Cultural Urban Development, STARTUP Mannheim Ali Badakhshan Rad, co-initiator, ZWISCHENRAUM / KIOSK, proprietor, abr Creative Productions

One recommendation was chosen for each topic:


'Neutral' educational campuses with free homework help, library, cafeteria etc. These should be detached from schools in a place of their own where pupils can go after school to take advantage of further non-formal educational offers not offered by schools. Neutral in this context means that opportunities arise here which schools cannot make possible through their tight curricula etc. The EU flag would be hoisted in front of these buildings to make it clear that they are co-financed by the EU.


EU funding directly to EU cities. This refers to situations in which state policy deviates from local policy, when for example national policies do not match the reality in the cities. Direct funding to cities would enable them to  receive refugees and offer adequate services - integration and also asylum procedures. Direct financial support to cities would allow more flexibility and the ability to act than through funding programmes of the federal state or state.

Economic Development

EU-wide tax justice to harmonise competitive conditions. Tax rates between countries should be adjusted and harmonised, in order to prevent the undercutting of tax rates within the EU. Hence, transnational companies benefiting from the European market should also benefit the EU.

These citizens' proposals, together with those from other panel events taking place across Europe until the end of February, will be presented at the second mayors summit on the future of Europe on 20 and 21 March 2019.

As part of the mayors summit, which will take place two months ahead of the European Parliament elections in the presence of more than 100 city politicians, EUROCITIES and the European Commission will present the panel results to national and European political leaders.

EUROCITIES staff contact

Marta MarcuzziMembership coordinator & EA to the Sec Gen

EUROCITIES staff contact

Nicola Vatthauer