Local political association of the CDU and CSU in Germany

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The Communal Political Association of the CDU and CSU Germany (KPV) is a sub-organization of the CDU and the CSU . It is aimed at the municipal elected officials of both parties and aims to coordinate the work of the Union at the level of cities and municipalities . For this purpose, the KPV conducts training and advice for municipal elected officials, but also participates in the preparation of laws relevant to municipal politics .


The history of the KPV goes back to the immediate post-war period in Germany . At the end of 1945 Christian Democratic politicians set up a local secretariat in Hesse . Similar start-ups in North Rhine-Westphalia , Rhineland-Palatinate and Bavaria followed this example . In January 1948, at a meeting in Wiesbaden , representatives of the western zones agreed to organize local political working groups in all countries in the three zones . This led in August 1948 to the first interzonal communal political conference of the CDU / CSU in Koblenz . There was u. a. adopted a statute and adopted a first basic municipal policy program. The Lord Mayor of Recklinghausen , Wilhelm Bitter, was elected the first chairman of the KPV . After the association initially had its seat in the city of its chairman, after the end of his term of office in 1964 it was decided to relocate it to Bonn . The headquarters have been integrated into the CDU federal office since 1967 and, with the move of the CDU to Berlin since 2000, has now been in the German capital . In the 1970s, the KPV received Horst Waffenschmidt as its chairman for the first time. He realigned the association through intensive programmatic work and thus secured it greater influence within the two Union parties as well as in the joint parliamentary group of CDU and CSU.

In the 16-year term of office of Peter Götz , the KPV has succeeded in enforcing essential demands for the municipalities in Germany. This includes, in particular, the prevention of federal intervention in the municipalities: since the Federalism Reform I, a direct assignment of tasks to the municipalities in federal laws has been excluded, both in the state administration of the federal laws and in the administration of federal contracts (Article 84.1 of the Basic Law). The path thus basically leads through the federal states. Since the connectivity regulations anchored in the respective state constitutions apply unreservedly, it has become impossible to transfer tasks to the municipalities without appropriate funding. In the reorganization of the basic security for job seekers (Hartz IV reform), Götz campaigned in particular to create a secure legal basis that would enable municipalities to take over the job placement on site alone (so-called option municipalities), but also in joint Institutions to work together. From the perspective of the KPV, the expansion of the number of optional municipalities from 69 to 110 is of particular importance in the negotiated compromise. This gives other rural districts and urban districts the opportunity to take responsibility for caring for the long-term unemployed. During the term of office of Peter Götz, the greatest municipal relief in the history of the Federal Republic falls with the assumption of the costs for basic security in old age and in the case of reduced earning capacity by the federal government. The assumption of these costs is of historical importance not only because of the amount of relief - in the period from 2012 to 2016 alone it is expected to be around 20 billion euros - but also because the federal government has recognized for the first time that it is responsible for the social Burdens are responsible, the amount of which he determines as well as the group of beneficiaries, without the municipalities in Germany having been able to make regulations on this in their self-administration.

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  1. KPV elects Ingbert Liebing as the new federal chairman
  2. David Schellenberg: CDU politician Christian Haase is the new CPV Bundeschef , Neue Westfälische , November 11, 2017