The cities and districts 66 municipalities from eight federal states have come together in the action alliance “For the dignity of our cities”. More than 8.5 million people live in the cities and districts – and thus more than ten percent of all Germans. The municipalities were particularly affected by the structural change, which is why they have low tax revenues and high expenditures, especially in the social sector. As a result, the municipalities are particularly disadvantaged by the financial distribution described above and were forced to incur debt to a particular extent in order to be able to fulfill the tasks assigned to them.
Members of the alliance are: The mayors, mayors, district administrators and chamberlains from Bochum, Bottrop, Brandenburg an der Havel, Cottbus, Cuxhaven, Dinslaken, Dorsten, Dortmund, Duisburg, Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis, Essen, Frankenthal, Frankfurt an der Oder, Geestland, Gelsenkirchen, Gera, Ginsheim-Gustavsburg, Gladbeck, Hagen, Hamm, Hattingen, Herne, Kaiserslautern, Koblenz, Krefeld, Lahnstein, Vorpommern-Greifswald district, Leverkusen, Löhne, Ludwigshafen, Lünen, Mainz, Mayen, Moers, Mönchengladbach, Mörfelden -Walldorf, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Neuwied, Oberhausen, Obertshausen, Offenbach, Pasewalk, Pirmasens, Recklinghausen, Recklinghausen district, Remscheid, Saarbrücken, Salzgitter, Schwerin, Schwerte, Solingen, Strasburg, Trier, Unna district, Voerde , Völklingen, Waldbröl, Werne, Wesel, Wesel district, Wismar, Witten, Worms, Wuppertal and Zweibrücken.