Setting up citizens' initiatives

Would you like to exert political pressure on decisions of your municipal or city administration? Then you can join forces with like-minded people to form a citizens' initiative.

A citizens' initiative is a community founded on the basis of a specific occasion. Its aim is to influence public opinion and thus exert political pressure to implement or prevent a certain public measure (e.B. the construction of a bypass).

Participation in a citizens' initiative is one of various opportunities for participation within the framework of citizen participation. Citizens' initiatives usually form at the municipal level. Your classic fields of activity can be thematically divided into the following areas:

  • Dwell
  • Environment and
  • Culture (including schools and kindergartens)
  • Traffic

can be classified. The demands of the citizens' initiatives are addressed to the municipal councils, district councils or local governments.


Further possibilities for the assertion of interests at the municipal level are listed under Citizen Participation.

  • Citizen participation

To found a citizens' initiative, organize a founding meeting and address your concerns with other stakeholders.

Write a founding protocol with the goals and tasks of the citizens' initiative and communicate this to local media in order to make the citizens' initiative known.

Note: A citizens' initiative does not require a specific legal form and therefore does not have to be officially registered. In order to become legally capable, it is advisable to have the citizens' initiative entered in the register of associations.

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