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Department of International Relations / EU

From Essen to Europe

Your contact

Teamwork: Horst Biernatzki, Petra Thetard, Christine Dübbert

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.

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 for the citizens:
    Since 2013 the Department is part of the Europe Direct-Network which is an EU-service for citizens, co-funded by the EU.
  • to generate and to transfer knowledge:
    The aim is to be a distinguished place for european education in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).


Department of International Relations
Porscheplatz 1

Head of Department
Petra Thetard, Tel.: +49 (0)201 88 88709

EU matters
Horst Biernatzki, Tel.: +49 (0)201 88 88790

Christine Dübbert, Tel.: +49 (0)201 88 88732