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The main points of the contractual agreement on the freedom of the province of Hanau are clarified. (Iconic image) © Andreas Arnold / dpa

Because of the free area of ​​Hanau, there are some open questions. What changes as a result and what stays the same?

Hanau – The district and city of Hanau came straight home in their negotiations for the freedom of the district. As County Administrator Thorsten Stolz and Mayor Claus Kaminsky (both SPD) announced yesterday (June 21) at a press event, the key points of the contractual agreement were clarified. The parliaments concerned will have to make a decision soon. Here are some important questions and answers on this topic:

Should employees be hired by “zoning” certain areas, or are there layoffs?

According to the city and region, the operation is planned so that these effects are avoided as much as possible. But employees are free to change, so that binding prediction is not yet possible. According to the district manager Stolz, “there is no need to fear for the employment of any employee in the district or the municipal center of work.”

Why did the elimination process take so long?

With its application, the city entered a completely new territory, so that at first all administrative levels had to agree on the appropriate procedure. Discussing the content was also a complex process. Corona also stopped the operation.

Along the House: Hanau is on its way to freedom from the neighborhood

Why would Hanau fight for the freedom of the county at all?

According to the City of Hanau, it is convinced that what can be solved locally must also be solved locally, using the keyword local self-government. Because citizens should benefit from short distances as well as from specific local knowledge, which can flow to solve problems. As a city of special status, Hanau has already accomplished many tasks that would normally be performed by an independent city or neighborhood. Taking on other tasks in the context of the freedom of the area enables the city to use synergies in order to make management more efficient and closer to the citizens. In addition, the structure and therefore the interests of the municipalities in the Main-Kinzig region are very different, between urban and rural areas. “The desired liberation from the territories is the logical step that results from the dynamic development of our city and the growth that accompanies it,” Kaminsky says. “Our public image benefits from this obvious change as an independent city. Our image will be greatly improved and our importance in the municipal district of the Rhine-Main metropolitan area will increase.”

What does neighborhood freedom mean for citizens?

Essentially, according to the city, part of Hanau’s self-image as a regional center is never planned for its offerings to be limited to its own city limits. Schools were always open to children from the surrounding area. However, the freedom of the region also enables entirely new citizen-friendly concepts such as the Hanau model. Social affairs and ‘working life’ services are offered here centralized under one roof in one location in the main train station, so that operations can be linked and coordinated for the benefit of those affected.

Health department word. Do dual structures make sense?

Hanau firmly believes that quality increases the closer you get to making decisions about where people live. That’s why the city, as an independent municipality, wants to take responsibility.

An example of how to integrate new tasks into existing responsibilities to create larger organizational units that clearly release the effects of synergy for the benefit of citizens is the registry office, which returned to Hanau at the beginning of 2022 and was combined with the city store to form it. New Citizen Service.

Hanau on her way to neighborhood freedom: what changes and what stays the same

Can MKK pupils continue to attend school in Hanau?

The city of Hanau has always been independent when it comes to looking after schools. In this regard, nothing will change: as in the past, schools in the city of Hanau are also open to schoolchildren from the province of Main-Kinzig as part of a cooperation agreement. Conversely, students from the city of Hanau also attend schools in neighboring communities in the area.

Where do the unemployed go?

Nothing will change for the unemployed in the other 28 municipalities of the MKK. For the citizens of Hanau, a central focal point “as a home for everything related to working life” will be built at the main train station. The AA is still responsible for unemployment insurance benefits (SGBIII). The long-term unemployed, who are being taken care of by the Municipal Work Center (KCA) until the assignment of assignments, must find the future work center (a joint facility between HU and AA city) in the building. In addition, there will also be municipal functions such as social assistance, housing benefit, the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act and a counseling center for families. In addition, VHS will also have training rooms to offer vocational training and language courses there.

How much will the layoffs cost by the end of 2025?

Tasks, data and tasks will be transferred gradually, so that no significant costs arise here, at least until 2025. It is not yet possible to determine the expenses of consultations, expert opinions and experience related to the process, but it is expected that it will amount to several 100,000 euros. (Yvonne Backhaus-Arnold / Holger Weber-Stoppacher)

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