The agency's organs and boards
Meeting of shareholders
The EG DU has two shareholders: the City of Duisburg and the "Bürgerstiftung Duisburg gAG" (a foundation run by local citizens). Each organisation holds 50 % of the shares.
At the shareholders' meeting, the members pass resolutions on, among other things, the EG DU's annual financial report, the financial plans for the coming year, and any changes that are to be made to the shareholders' agreement.
A supervisory board has been constituted for the agency. It consists of eight voting members and includes one representative appointed directly by the Lord Mayor.
In total, the City of Duisburg appoints four representatives, including the representative of the Lord Mayor.
The Bürgerstiftung Duisburg gAG is also representated by four members.
The City's representatives are always members of City Council or of the administration, and they therefor bring a wide range of expertise in their various focus areas in addition to knowledge of local government issues. Their experience is not limited to their neighbourhoods but extends to all of the issues facing the city today.
The representatives of the Bürgerstiftung are all actively involved in improving the city, and their membership on the board ensures that citizens can directly participate in the city's development.
The supervisory board advises and supervises the agency's management. They are also briefed on and discuss the stakeholders' meeting agenda prior to the stakeholders' meetings.
The neighbourhood councils
In order to facilitate the integration of local politicians and residents into the neighbourhood-related work, a neighbourhood council was set up for each of the neighbourhoods concerned. Each such council consists of four members elected by the district council responsible and two members appointed by the supervisory board.
In addition, a further voting member of the neighbourhood council is the chairperson of the residents' neighbourhood forum ('Round table').
With the constitution of the neighbourhood councils in the composition described, both the involvement of residents ('renewal from below') and the transparency of the decision-making processes at the neighbourhood and higher levels are ensured. Both of these are goals and essential prerequisites for the success of integrated neighbourhood renewal.