German Association of Towns and Municipalities

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The German Association of Towns and Municipalities (DStGB) represents the interests of the local self-government of municipalities belonging to the district as a central association in Germany and Europe . It is federally organized, politically independent and works without state subsidies. Membership is voluntary. The registered office of the registered association is in Berlin .


The office of President is carried out by Uwe Brandl , Mayor of Abensberg , who replaced the current 1st Vice-President Roland Schäfer , Mayor of Bergkamen , as President on January 1, 2018 . Other vice-presidents of the association are Roger Kehle , President of the Municipal Assembly of Baden-Württemberg , Ralph Spiegler , Mayor of the Nieder-Olm municipality , and Bernward Küper , Mayor of Naumburg (Saale) .

Gerd Landsberg has performed the duties of the executive member of the presidency since January 1, 1998 , and those of the spokesman Alexander Handschuh. The composition of the committees is based on the vote of the voters in the local elections. These are in detail:

  • Presidium;
  • Main committee;
  • Europe Committee;
  • Committee on Legal Affairs, Personnel and Organization;
  • Committee on Youth, Social Affairs and Health;
  • Committee on School, Sport and Culture;
  • Committee on Economy, Tourism and Transport;
  • Finance and Utility Committee;
  • Urban Development and Environment Committee; such as
  • Joint Forestry Committee of German Municipal Forests.

Former Presidents

The former presidents of the German Association of Towns and Municipalities from 1983 to 2017 are:


After preparatory talks and the setting of the course in 1909, the Reich Association of German Cities was founded in 1910, which was followed by the constitution of the Reich Association of German Rural Communities in 1922 . Both associations were forcibly merged in 1933 for the German Community Day. The work was resumed after 1945, but again in a separate institutional form. In 1973 the German Association of Towns and Municipalities (DStGB) was created in West Germany through the amalgamation of towns and communities without town status . After the establishment of the European office in Brussels in 1991, the main office of the DStGB was opened in Berlin in 1998.

In the GDR there was a German City and Community Day , most recently under the direction of Walter Kresse (until 1974), which ceased its activities afterwards. After the political turnaround , the GDR City and Community Day was founded in February 1990 . Under the chairmanship of Volkmar Kunze , it was later merged with the West German Association into what is now the German Association of Towns and Municipalities .


The main purpose is to represent municipal interests vis-à-vis the federal government and Europe. He does this by maintaining contact with the Bundestag , Bundesrat , European Union and other organizations and institutions. Through his work, he works specifically in the political will-making and decision-making process.

As a municipal coordination point, it ensures a permanent exchange of experience and information among the 17 member associations; as a municipal communication network, it sensitizes and mobilizes the public and the media for current municipal political issues and problems. After all, the DStGB is represented in many organizations (including the German Savings Banks and Giro Association , German Hospital Association ) that serve or promote municipal interests.

Member associations

Web links

Commons : German Association of Cities and Towns  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b register no. VR 17992 B, Charlottenburg District Court
  2. Business offices: Berlin - main office . From, accessed on January 21, 2019.
  3. DStGB: Die Gremien , on , accessed on May 1, 2020.
  4. The management , see there sub-heading (fold out manually on the local website): »Former Presidents«. From, accessed on January 21, 2019.