On February 2, German experts and practitioners gathered to discuss social, economic and political issues related to the current challenges local communities face within German federalism. The issues considered included the question of fiscal autonomy, intercommunal cooperation, and institutional self-administration. The recent reform of federalism in Germany was reflected in the discussion. The issue of metropolitan regions – e.g. the Rhine-Ruhr area – was also touched.
The event was part of the Global Dialogue on Federalism, organized by the Forum of Federations. The German roundtable was organized by Dr. Martin Burgi, of the Ruhr-University Bochum, and Marcus SÃ¶bbeke of the Deutscher StÃ¤dtetag – the German Association of Cities. The Deutscher StÃ¤dtetag joined the Forum in co-sponsoring the event.
Participants included: Professor Dr. iur. Martin Burgi, Professor Dr. JÃ¶rg Bogumil, Professor Dr. Janbernd Oebbecke, Professor Dr. Matthias Ruffert, Professor Dr. Joachim Suerbaum, Professor Dr. Christian Waldhoff, Monika Kuban, Dr. Markus SÃ¶bbeke, Stephan Keller, Dr. Friedel ErlenkÃ¤mper, Dr. Frank Steinfort, Tim Bornholt, Kerstin Andreae, Member of the German Bundestag, Dr. Christian Maiwald, and Dr. Horst Risse.