The European Integration increasingly affects the local level and daily life of citizens. Approximately 80 % off all decisions taken at the EU level influence local matters. This is particularly true for e. g. public services, environmental protection, construction planning, transport and infrastructure, public procurement, state and issues.
Often these provisions will have an impact on local self-government. This is why the key local authoritiy organizations in Bavaria, the Bayerische Gemeindetag, the Bayerische Städtetag, the Bayerische Landkreistag and the Bayerische Bezirketag, together with the Bayerische Kommunale Prüfungsverband decided to establish the European office of Bavarian local authorities.
The main Bavarian local authoritiy associations and the Bavarian local auditing association agreed as early as September 1991 to establish a joint European office. On September 1st, 1992 the office began working. The official opening took place on December 9th, 1992 in the former premises, Rue Montoyer 17.
The Bavarian local authorities European Office’s (EBBK) success led other German federal states to consider establishing their own local representation on Brussels. Already in 1999 the key local authority associations of Baden-Württemberg and of Saxony decided to share offices with the EBBK.
In 1999 the European office of Baden-Württemberg local authorities took up its work under the direction of Dr. Carsten Glietsch.
One year later the European office of Saxon local authorities opened under Mr. Jörn Timm.
In 2003 the joint offices decided to move from their former premises in Rue Montoyer 17 to the current office in Rue Guimard 7.
Heads of office of the European office of Bavarian local authorities over time:
- from 1992 until 1999 Mr. Dieter Leiss
- from 1999 until 2004 Dr. Angelika Poth-Mögele
- from 2004 until 2007 Ms. Kerstin Stuber
- from 2007 until 2008 Ms. Julia Urlinger
- from 2009 until 2013 Ms. Andrea Gehler
- from 2014 until 2017 Ms. Natalie Schweizer
- 2016 and 2017 Ms. Christiane Thömmes
- 2018 and 2019 Mr. Maximilian Klein
- 2019 and 2020 Mr. Thomas Fritz
- since 2021 Mr. Benedikt Weigl
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