“Doing Europe” – First Working Paper published

The first working paper of the project has been published entitled “Doing Europe: Local Governments as Agents of European Cohesion“. It introduces an understanding of “European cohesion” and discusses the role local governments can play in achieving it. To this end, it reviews findings from previous research and draws conclusions for the empirical study.

2nd expert workshop on March 1

The second workshop with experts from science, associations and municipalities will take place on March 1 from 9-12:30 am. First results of our nationwide survey of municipalities on their Europe-related activities will be presented. In addition, we will discuss the case selection for the case studies in selected cities with the participating experts. Please contact Dorothee Riese to register for the online workshop.

KommZuEU at the conference of the DVPW section “Policy Analysis and Administrative Science”

Benjamin Gröbe will present a paper titled “Europe as a Routine – The European Activities of German Cities and Municipalities”, which analyses the results of our nationwide municipal survey. The section conference will be held online on March 10 and 11.

Survey on the European activities of German cities and municipalities launched

On 2 November, the online-based municipal survey of the KommZuEU project begins. The aim of the survey among all cities and municipalities in Germany with a population of 20,000 or more is to find out about the diversity of local Europe-related activities and the conditions under which they are organised and implemented. We are looking forward to a lively participation of all cities and municipalities. The first results of the survey are expected at the beginning of 2022.

Kick Off Workshop on KommZuEU Project and Municipal Survey

The Kick Off Workshop for the KommZuEU project took place on 22 September 2021. The KommZuEU team presented the project as well as the municipal survey planned for autumn in front of experts from academia and practice. In the survey, municipalities will be asked about their Europe-related activities in order to gain a systematic overview of Europe-related political and administrative practice in German municipalities. Based on the fruitful discussion and valuable suggestions from the experts present, the questionnaire will be finalised in the coming weeks. The first results of the survey are expected at the beginning of 2022.

Kick-Off Workshop to be held on 22.9.2021

On September 22, 2021, from 9-12 am, the Kick-Off Workshop in the KommZuEU project will take place. Together with experts from practice and science we will discuss the project. The key topic of the workshop will be the upcoming municipal survey, in which German municipalities will be asked about their Europe-related activities. The workshop will take place online. To register for the workshop and receive the access data, please contact Dorothee Riese (

KommZuEU project launched

On Jan. 1, 2021, the project “Local authorities as anchors of cohesion in the European system of multilevel governance” (in short: KommZuEU), funded by the BMBF, has started its work. Currently, the teams in Speyer and Hagen are reviewing the research literature and preparing the planned survey of German municipalities. As the project progresses, we will provide up-to-date information on the project, upcoming events and publications on this page.