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The possibilities for citizen participation arise from the Basic Law (Art. 20 sec. 2 and Article 28(1)). Accordingly, the principle of representative democracy applies to the Federal Republic of Germany. The formation of the will is carried out primarily by elected representatives and not directly by the people. Consequently, the election of local parliaments (election of the municipal council and the district council) is the most important instrument by which the people exercise state power directly. Another important possibility of participation at the municipal level is given by the direct election of the mayors, regional councillors and local governors. In addition to the participation possibilities according to the representation principle, the Rhineland-Palatinate Municipal Code (GemO) contains a number of other instruments of participation, some of which are also open to the non-eligible resident (e.g. minors): Residents' meeting: The meeting of residents is intended to inform the inhabitants about important matters of the municipality and is to be held at least once a year, as required. This is a simple form of civic participation. Citizens' petitions and citizens' decision: The citizens of a municipality can apply for a citizens' decision on an important matter for the municipality by means of a citizens' petition. In the case of a citizens' decision, the (eligible) population thus decides on substantive issues. The citizens' decision is the strongest form of citizen participation and breaks the principle of representation. However, a negative catalogue listed in the GemO excludes certain areas for citizens' decision-making. In addition, there are other elements of citizen participation through various rights of consultation, objection and complaint. At the state level, the citizen can also exercise his right of petition to the Committee on Petitions of the Landtag.


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Further information on the topic of civic participation can be found on the websites of the Association of Municipalities and Cities of Rhineland-Palatinate (GStB) and the Ministry of the Interior and for Sport.

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