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Department of International Relations / EU

Perceiving challenges and chances

The Essen city council and its citizens are significantly affected by EU-decisions. Over 70% of all regulations and directives, which are implemented in our city, are decided on EU-level. In the energy and climate sector it is even 80%.

Participate in Europe

The active participation of cities and municipalities starts with the implementation of adequate structures and a large basis to tackle the challenges and opportunities set by the European unification process. This basis is formed by the Department of International Relations and the EU round table.

Connecting the EU and Essen

The Department of International Relations works as a link to the European Institutions and communicates information from these Institutions to the local level and the other way round.
Key activities are:

  • to represent the local interests in Europe by working on passing laws and doing networking, e.g. in EUROCITIES, Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CMR), Regionalverband Ruhr (RVR),
  • to inform about EU aid programmes, to advice how to organize european projects, to coordinate city-wide and to make contact with national agencies,
  • to do European public relations work by informing and educating citizens about the EU and their rights within the framework of the EU-funded "Europe Direct Informationcentre - Essen",
  • to generate and to transfer knowledge by establishing the city of Essen as an EU education location for North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), e.g. through EU seminars.


Department of International Relations
Porscheplatz 1

Head of Department:
Petra Thetard
Phone: +49 (0)201 88 88709