Munich citizens' panel: nine recommendations put forward

  • cooperation
  • economy

As part of our citizens' panel initiative enabling people to experience deliberative democracy and give informed opinions about the future of Europe, Munich held an event on January 24, 2019.

The 85 participants had the opportunity to choose one of the three topics of particular interest to the city of Munich: security, education and economic development. They were then able to discuss their topic with city experts and representatives of local associations, the City Council and the European Commission. Following the discussions and at the end of the Citizen Panel, the participants voted for recommendations they would like to see presented at the second Mayors Summit in March.

The introductory speakers were:

  • Dr. Zuzana Jürgens, project manager, EUROPE DIRECT Information Centre, Munich

  • Joachim Menze, head, European Commission Representation in Munich

  • Nicola Vatthauer, head of communications, EUROCITIES

The event's main moderator was Markus Pürzer.


Economic Development


  • Sonja Haider, city councillor, Ecological Democratic Party

  • Dr. Zuzana Jürgens, project manager, EUROPE DIRECT Information Centre, Munich

  • Bernhard Klassen, Department of Labour and Economic Affairs, City of Munich


1. Justice (42 votes)

- Corporations / small and medium-sized enterprises SMEs

- Better distribution/taxation of capital power

- Social balance within the economy

- EU-wide unemployment insurance and placement; minimum wage

- Ensuring basics (work, housing, education)


2. European government with own finance ministers, budget and uniform tax rates (27)


3. Social market economy at EU level (25)

- EU minimum wage and social aspect




  • Mathias Marschall, Department for Education and Sports, City of Munich

  • Dr Manuela Olhausen, city councillor, Christian Social Union in Bavaria

  • Claire Staudenmayer, Pro-Europe Network, Munich and Upper Bavaria


1. Increasing the study of Europe as a subject area in schools and universities (38)

2. Strengthening European employability: 'Uniform' dual training in Europe, (financial) promotion of continuing vocational training (34)

3. Strengthening and promoting European exchange for all types of schools (not only grammar school pupils but also middle/real/vocational school pupils/leaders) + social EU year (26)




  • Margit Ertlmaier, Pro-Europe Network, Munich and Upper Bavaria

  • Joachim Menze, head, European Commission Representation in Munich

  • Eva Nießler-Brinkmann, Pro-Europa network, Munich and Upper Bavaria


1. Setting up a uniform European law on asylum and immigration (51)


2. Developing binding cross-border cooperation to fight crime at local level (34)


3. Reinforcing data security (32)

- protection of the IT infrastructure (physical and software)

- software product safety standards and controls

- algorithm control

- rules relating to the general conditions of platforms

- more regulation and control of large platforms

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