“Stuttgart is an international city with an international populace and an exportled economy. Europe and the world are at home in Stuttgart”.
Mayor Dr. Wolfgang Schuster
Stuttgart in Europe
Stuttgart regards itself as an international city. It is home to people from more than 170 nations speaking a total of 120 languages. Accordingly, Stuttgart’s mayor, Dr. Wolfgang Schuster attaches importance to international networking. The state capital is active in a range of networks and committees at European level, leading some of them and actively participating member of others.
“Cities for Mobility” is a global network for urban transport affairs. In it, Stuttgart coordinates and leads the way in all matters of mobility and thus supports transnational cooperation between municipal authorities, transport corporations, business, science and society. The aim is to create sustainable, environmentally friendly transport systems in its member countries. 300 towns, companies and non-governmental organisations from over 38 countries are actively engaged in this network.
Family and Children
Stuttgart is a pioneer of child-friendliness. Back in 2004, Mayor Dr. Schuster initiated the “Board of Trustees for a Child-friendly Stuttgart”. The Stuttgart example led in 2007 to the establishment of the European city network “Cities for Children” with 68 participant cities from 32 European countries. It aims to extend family-friendly services at national level and thus create a broad child-friendly environment. With the help of the network, concepts are exchanged and new ones developed. The network is supported by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and the Committee of the Regions. The president of the European umbrella association of the CEMR is Mayor Dr. Schuster. Numbering 53 national municipal associations from 39 European countries, this organisation’s key aim is to support a strong, united Europe. Accordingly, participation in the framing of European legislation is pursued, experience and information are exchanged, twin town associations are supported and municipalities and regions strengthened at a global level to thus shape the future of Europe.
In Stuttgart around 40% of the populace has a migrational background. The “Alliance for Integration” set up in 2001 by Mayor Dr. Schuster made the state capital one of Germany’s first cities with a holistic integration concept. In close cooperation with European institutions, the CLIP network (Cities for Local Integration Policies of Migrants) was formed in 2006. The focus is on exchanges between the public authorities of the currently 30 European cities involved with accompanying political action research. The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities rated the Stuttgart initiative “Alliance for Integration” as a successful example of municipal integration policy in Europe and is the basis for a corresponding resolution.
Crime prevention is top priority in Stuttgart under the personal control of the mayor and the chief of police. Stuttgart thus counts as one of Germany's safest cities. In 2008 the state capital became the first fully fledged German member of the EFUS (European Forum for Urban Safety). Thanks to access to a shared project database by over 300 municipalities, proven crime fighting methods can be adopted directly by other EFUS-partners.
In its European focus and globally oriented research and economic structure, Stuttgart is an active partner in the shaping of a new Europe.