Influence Local Politics
Where should we build a new Kindergarten? How can traffic flow be improved? What should the new building site look like? Local politics affect all of Esslingen’s citizens.
The Municipal Council
As representative of the people and main city authority, this council makes all of the major decisions. Under the chairmanship of the Mayor, the council formulates broad guidelines for local politics and acts as decision-maker in all of the city’s basic social, economic, and cultural affairs.
The Youth Council
This council advises the Municipal Council in all areas relevant and important to children and young people.
The Expert Committee for Migration and Integration
This committee advises the Municipal Council and current Administration on integration and migration issues and develops recommendations for these areas.
The 12 Citizen Committees
These committees are a special aspect of local politics in Esslingen and show the important part citizen participation plays in political dialogue. The citizen committees help shape community life in the city districts and represent their district’s interests to the Administration and Municipal Council. Locally, they have an open ear for suggestions and work together with the community on possible solutions.
Parties and District Representatives
Local political party chapters and voters’ associations contribute greatly to political decision-making in the city. District representatives from Esslingen sit on the County Council, Regional Assembly, State Parliament, and Bundestag.