The 2020-2025 electoral programme

Our capabilities for your region

Our capabilities for your region

The 2020-2025 electoral programme

 

for the New CDU Emmerich am Rhein and mayoral candidate Dr Matthias Reintjes

The CDU is your dependable partner in times of crisis

Our priorities in times of crisis

In times of crisis such as these, safeguarding jobs and relieving the burden on citizens is an absolute priority for us. Nobody wants the town to lose its character because restaurateurs, service providers and retailers feel forced to close down their businesses. The New CDU responded quickly and proposed that parents should be exempted from paying parental fees, that parking in the town centre should be free of charge and that the charges payable by retailers and restaurateurs should be reduced. When approached by the district CDU, the district government provides assistance unbureaucratically with its own aid programme.

 

The New CDU – accessible for you online

The coronavirus lockdown has shown how important computerisation is today. We have been available to you around the clock via our homepage, social media and WhatsApp, and not just since the current coronavirus crisis.

 

Our electoral programme for 2020 – 2025 – innovative ideas, but no promises

Our programme is an expression of our broadly based, proactive and innovative party. We can offer you a large number of short-term but also a range of medium-term proposals for a new start for Emmerich. We are concentrating here on matters that really have to be decided and acted upon on the spot and not in Düsseldorf or Berlin. The town’s municipal budget has also been severely impacted by the current crisis. Rapidly applied aid packages, financial relief and taxes that are as stable as possible are our priority.

 

This is why we say perfectly honestly: our election programme contains innovative ideas but no empty promises.

Dr Matthias Reintjes – Capable and firmly rooted on home ground

Our town deserves a fresh start.

We need new thought processes and a new action approach. My goal is to see more action in our town. We can only manage this by working together. We can make a new start for Emmerich with more citizen participation and new formats.

 

“Emmerich is a world champion in procrastination…”

The time of putting things off must come to an end. Emmerich must return to a position as an economic and social pioneer in the Kleve district. As a candidate for mayor, this is what I stand for, that is my vision, which I want to develop together with the CDU party and the citizens of Emmerich.

 

As head of the CDU parliamentary group in recent years, I have committed myself to applying innovative ideas, and that is how my team and I have pushed through many small and large innovations to benefit Emmerich.
I would ask you all to support me and the New CDU in this aim. Our path towards introducing a new beginning for Emmerich has only just begun …

Dr. Matthias Reintjes

The town hall as an attractive employer

As an employer, Emmerich town council must keep pace with developments

Short term: I intend to review the core working hours with the Staff Council and, where possible, develop more extensive options for working from home. A staff unit for computerisation is to be set up to address the issue on an interdepartmental basis. This will create more scope for innovative work and enable a better balance between family and career. Health management should be further developed. Physiotherapy in the town hall or a cooperation with the Embricana lido and sauna? Why not? The unsatisfactory parking situation for employees must be solved.

 

Medium term: The space problems in the town hall must be solved as quickly as possible and a proper spatial concept drawn up. The application for a new, modern central citizens’ office is opening up space for new ideas. The planning should include sufficient meeting and social rooms as well as modern air conditioning for the summer months. Fully automatic coffee makers and sufficient numbers of water dispensers are certainly worth considering, as are publicly subsidised e-bikes and e-scooter solutions for employees.

In times of crisis, economic capability counts

Good local politics secures jobs – even in times of crisis

Dr. Matthias Reintjes

“In times of crisis, the CDU stands for rapidly applied aid packages and intelligent local policy that protects jobs. As your mayor, I aim to place the local economy and networking activities at the centre of my work”.

We keep our word

In recent years, we have always acted to prevent tax increases, which has given our medium-sized enterprises the opportunity to invest, build up reserves and create secure jobs. We supported the expansion of the port to the best of our ability. The developments on the site of the old barracks started many years ago and today we are beginning to reap the fruits of intelligent location policy. Computerisation offers tremendous opportunities for the economy in Emmerich. The New CDU intends to provide new stimuli through the “Computerisation” department and through better networking.

 

In future

The town hall as a “getting things done” agency – and this also applies to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Emmerich. Faster approvals and unbureaucratic support at all levels and a business development section that exists to support businesses – these are our goals. Everything that secures good jobs and creates new ones is a priority for us. In addition, we intend to network SMEs more effectively in the future. Other towns in the region show the potential that lies here for SMEs and the town as a whole.

We keep our word!

  • Tax increases rejected
  • Development of the barracks area
  • Expansion of the port
  • Make full use of computerisation

In future

  • Quicker approvals
  • Reduction of bureaucracy
  • Secure jobs
  • Better networking among SMEs

The getting-things-done agency and computerisation

The town hall – the digital getting-things-done agency for our town

Dr. Matthias Reintjes

“As an advisor to the borough audit council, I know the potential that computerisation can have. Thinking in terms of solutions, leading a getting-things-done agency, that is my goal.”

We keep our word

We have achieved a great deal in the expansion of the fibre optics network. As a result of our efforts, the town council has invested a lot of its own resources in fibre network expansion and has driven the expansion process with federal and state funds. Computerisation begins with the right infrastructure, but it must not end here. For many years, we have been calling for a new, updated central citizens’ office and have called for the computerisation of administrative procedures in various motions. We are keeping up the pressure.

 

In future

Emmerich is not capitalising on its potential. By installing modern concepts and new ways of thinking, we intend to turn the town hall into a solution-orientated getting-things-done agency with a new communication culture. By 2025, every household should have access to glass fibre – a matter of course for the New CDU. Computerisation is more than just infrastructure, it offers economic and social opportunities. We advocate creating a new “Future and Computerisation” department. Here, both SMEs and the older generation should be present around the table – computerisation can only succeed if we all work together. Together we aim to seize the opportunities of the future and make Emmerich a pioneer.

We keep our word!

  • Fibre network expansion driven forward
  • Called for a modern central citizens’ office
  • Computerisation of Local Government procedures applied for

In future

  • Become the getting-things-done agency
  • Create a new culture of communication
  • Make glass fibre networks available to all by 2025
  • Set up a computerisation department

Town centre, retail trade and Rhine promenade

The € 10 m special fund for urban development is a historical investment

Dr. Matthias Reintjes

“As mayor, I will make the town centre and Rhine promenade a priority matter. I intend to make the special fund a success. The authorities making a fuss over tables and chairs on the Rhine promenade? Not with me in charge!”

We keep our word

We are not giving up our town centre – we are proactively tackling the issue. The € 10 m special fund for urban development was passed by the CDU and BGE (citizens’ involvement committee) after more than two years of campaigning and despite considerable resistance. But there is still a lot to be done. We have already abolished the parking space levy for the retail trade. Tables and chairs on the Rhine promenade? This should be encouraged, not prevented. We actively support the restaurant and café owners, the retail trade and all those who want to create things and breathe life into our town.

 

In future

Tourism is booming but our Rhine promenade is not keeping pace. The tenth anniversary was simply forgotten, the illuminations have been cancelled, the company marathon scrapped, damage and vacancies in the middle of the promenade – this cannot continue. We intend to make the town centre and the Rhine promenade a matter of high priority. The Emmerich illuminations must take place again every year – for us, this is a crucial matter that we will examine very closely. We have also been campaigning for months for a resumption of the company marathon.

We keep our word!

  • Rescue package agreed
  • Retail trade supported
  • Parking space levy abolished
  • Focus on the Rhine promenade

In future

  • Make the town centre a high priority issue
  • Strengthen the Rhine promenade
  • Promote start-ups & pop-up shops
  • Emmerich illuminations every year
  • Establish the company marathon

Our Emmerich – open-minded but with rules

No civic engagement is possible without security

Dr. Matthias Reintjes

“Emmerich faces great social challenges. Where necessary, clear rules must apply, but without forfeiting our openness to the world.”

We keep our word

Security, tidiness and cleanliness in the town centre? The New CDU has put its weight behind this. And we have seen the effects: the security service is effective – partly because it is allowed to take action and issue considerable fines that hurt. Checks on Steinstrasse and a town centre caretaker who takes care of both major and minor matters relating to the town centre have been set in motion.

 

In future

Located in the heart of Europe, our border town has become home to many newcomers but this does not mean we can become complacent and turn a blind eye to the challenges facing our society. We all want security. As a party committed to Europe, the New CDU is firmly against all forms of exclusion and hostility in our urban society because our Emmerich is open to the world. On the other hand, this must not be exploited and clear rules are required. We will not tolerate the existence of spaces in which people are afraid to move and we will also not allow inhumane housing for migrant workers.

We keep our word!

  •  Effective security service
  • Post of town centre caretaker created
  • Checks on Steinstrasse

In future

  • Pro-European and cosmopolitan
  • Improved security
  • Better cleanliness
  • Decisive action against inhumane housing

Our objective – Emmerich as a home for families

Strengthen families, support children.

Dr. Matthias Reintjes

“Of course, I am committed to a policy that supports young families and makes their lives easier. Emmerich as a real home for families – that is my goal as mayor.”

We keep our word

For the New CDU, a “home for families” means affordable care for all the children in Emmerich. On the initiative of the CDU and with the support of the BGE (citizens’ involvement committee), charges for day school care for children under three have been significantly reduced and completely abolished for children over three. The family navigator function, which brings together online all the opportunities in our town for young families, was created at our instigation. Action on children’s playgrounds has already been approved. So in the future, we just have to get it done!

 

In future

For the New CDU, Emmerich as a home for families means combining family time with work time more effectively by providing sufficient care facilities in children’s day care centres and schools – but at affordable prices. But these items are still missing: sufficient residential space for young families, residential facilities for senior citizens with multi-generational housing and better playground access for all parts of the town. We aim to promote building land for young families. The provision of playgrounds will be tackled immediately.

We keep our word!

  • Children’s day care centre charges reduced
  • Action on children’s playgrounds initiated
  • Family navigator agreed

In future

  • More care services
  • Lower charges
  • Provision of playgrounds
  • Building land for young families

Young people and education

The foundation for our joint future

Dr. Matthias Reintjes

“Instead of a second youth centre for 14 to 26-year-olds, I would advocate increased outreach work and new activities and events, for example on the Rhine beach by the promenade. As mayor, I would like real participation by young people in politics.”

We keep our word

In recent years, investment has been made in all the schools in Emmerich. We regularly visit our schools and exchange ideas with school management. We supported the new comprehensive school building and the media development plan for all schools. WiFi and new sanitary facilities in the gymnasium on Hansastrasse were installed at our request. The new spatial concept for the grammar school, which includes a cafeteria – especially with regard to G9 (higher school leaving certificate after 9 years rather than 8) – was commissioned on our initiative.

 

In future

We intend to breathe new life into our town – and involve young people in doing so. As yet, we still do not have a conclusive concept for a second youth centre (14-26 year-olds). We favour new activities and events for young people; for instance on the Rhine beach below the St. Martini church. Our focus in the coming years will be on equipping schools so that they can participate in the digital future. The media development plan is a start in this field but there is still a lot to be done.

We keep our word!

  • High investments in all schools
  • New comprehensive school building
  • WiFi at the Hansastrasse gymnasium
  • Spatial concept for the grammar school

In future

  • Revitalising the town by involving young people
  • Strengthening our schools, an education system that caters for the needs of all children
  • Fit for the digital future

Generations, health and care

Ensuring care by medical practitioners.

Dr. Matthias Reintjes

“In the coming years, I would like to take a closer look at our hospital and GP and specialist medical care. There is still a lot to be done in this field in Emmerich.”

We keep our word

For our citizens, the main issue is GP and specialist care. This is no longer just a federal or state matter, but has long been a local government responsibility. This is borne out by the efforts in the Kleve district and other municipalities in recruiting doctors. The construction of the residential care park with a nursing facility, sheltered accommodation and a medical centre on the former barracks site is the success of a clever location policy by Johannes Diks and the CDU and strengthens the range of services on offer locally. There is still a lot to be done in this field in Emmerich.

 

In future

The Corona crisis has opened our eyes to the fact that universal, high-quality medical care will continue to be essential in the future. In the future, we want to establish outreach counselling for senior citizens which will access many elderly people in need of help and care where they are – other municipalities have been very successful in this field. One intergenerational challenge is the issue of loneliness, which we would like to address with all those involved in the coming years. Loneliness often leads to depression or other diseases. Finally, we aim to campaign for a hospice in our town so that terminally ill people can be accompanied with dignity through the last stages of their lives.

We keep our word!

  • Health centre
  • GP availability in focus
  • Care availability in focus
  • Emmerich hospital

In future

  • Optimum care
  • Outreach senior citizen counselling
  • Expanded care facilities
  • Hospice

Climate protection here – good solutions instead of ideologies

The New CDU is known for its meaningful solutions.

Dr. Matthias Reintjes

“Climate protection begins locally, but extends beyond the town’s borders. We need meaningful, intelligent actions with maximum benefit because the old adage that tax money can only be spent once still holds true.”

We keep our word

Climate protection without ideology – this is the New CDU’s approach. We reject symbolic references to a “climate emergency” without any real consequences and instead have called for a climate manager and hands-on action. More green areas in the town centre, the biotope on Fulkskuhle, the “green lungs” for Hochelten (Hochelten 2.0 masterplan), a ban on gravel gardens in new built-up areas, additional flowering meadows and lots more…all it needs is clearly defined, smart action. This is what we’ve been doing for years.

 

In future

CO2-neutral municipal administration, the promotion of green roofs and frontages and generally more green areas in the town centre, that is what we want to achieve in the coming years. The initiatives “Plastic-Free Town” and “Trees for Babies” are of particular concern to us – a tree for every new-born child. Domestic solar power supplies, with a wall-box for charging electric vehicles, would also be desirable. All these aims are compatible with our economic policy and the town’s coffers if we are pragmatic and do it together. This is what the New CDU stands for.

We keep our word!

  • Climate manager agreed
  • “Climate emergency” rejected
  • Bee-friendly Dornick
  • “Green lungs” for Hochelten
  • Biotope on Fulkskuhle

In future

  • More green areas in the town centre
  • Promotion of green roofs and frontages
  • CO2-neutral town hall
  • Plastic-free town and trees for new-borns

Emmerich – towns need mobility

Our town needs digital and analogue connections.

Dr. Matthias Reintjes

“Smart mobility starts with role models. The town hall should start the ball rolling. I would like to develop smart e-bike and e-scooter solutions for daily use together with the employees.”

We keep our word

A barrier-free, clean railway station with a new northern access from Leegmeer and Speelberg and an ICE stop, this is what we have been campaigning for for years and we will continue to do so. However, the railway halt in Elten and the success of the initiative “0 Cents for the Betuwe Rail” show that unrelenting commitment is worthwhile. The local government will not be required to contribute to the costs for the Betuwe line and modern safety measures will be included. A highly successful campaign. What’s missing now is a cycle path at Löwentor and Ravensacker Weg and at the third motorway junction. We are keeping up the pressure.

 

In future

Smart mobility concepts must take everyone into account – pedestrians, cyclists, public transport users and motorists. An improvement of the cycle path network, car sharing models, a mobility and parking app for Emmerich and a more tailored public transport system are our goals – our rural home must be connected to the outside world digitally and in analogue form in order to remain attractive for young and old. We aim to support the Bürgerbus Emmerich e.V. (local bus) association in the future. For years, the CDU has been campaigning to make Emmerich a cyclist-friendly town. But the New CDU knows there is still a lot to be done here. Let’s make things happen together.

We keep our word!

  • Third motorway junction
  • Betuwe line + cycle path at Löwentor
  • Railway halt in Elten
  • We demand: barrier-free train station and an ICE stop

In future

  • Smart mobility, car-parking app
  • → also for staff in the town hall
  • Improvements to the cycle path network
  • Support for the Bürgerbus (local bus) association

Relieving the burden of voluntary work

Voluntary posts – the pillar on which our society rests

Dr. Matthias Reintjes

“Voluntary work in Emmerich is to be supported and the workload spread more evenly by a manager for volunteer activities in the town hall – to ensure that what is important for our society is preserved.”

We keep our word

Volunteer positions mean getting involved, giving something voluntarily, receiving abundant thanks for the work done. To ensure that what is important to us is given suitable status, we have always provided special support to voluntary work and club activities. With roots in numerous clubs and associations, we are always a reliable and capable partner for those doing voluntary work. Whether it is investments for our voluntary fire brigade, much appreciated promotion of sports and cultural activities in our town or support for local customs – we as a party have always been committed to these activities.

 

In future

“Home” stands for everything that is positive, interlinking factors, the community, cohesion, voluntary work, local customs and cultural life in our town. In our opinion, however, having a home also means the duty to shape that home. Volunteer work is an essential element here, without which our town would be a lot worse off. The New CDU wants these volunteers to be supported by a volunteer representative in the town hall and also aims to relieve them of excessive bureaucracy.

We keep our word!

  • Always open to comments on volunteer work
  • Support for our rifle clubs (“Schützenvereine”) and the annual carnival
  • Excellent support for sports and cultural events
  • Fire brigade and youth volunteers

In future

  • Volunteer representative
  • Reduction in bureaucracy
  • Positive concept of what our home means
  • Promotion for music makers

The future belongs to the village!

The New CDU – working for you. At all times!

Dr. Matthias Reintjes

“The New CDU has firm roots in all districts and reflects a broad cross-section of the population. This is one of our strengths.”

We keep our word

Politics that is in touch with the people of Emmerich means exactly that: close contact with our citizens, listening and understanding. Our council representatives, local councillors and local associations are always available and approachable. The Hochelten masterplan, walking tours in Hüthum and Vrasselt, bicycle tours through the town centre, a new building area for Dornick, citizens’ meetings and a village development concept in Praest, and many more – our local associations develop tailor-made and individual future concepts for our districts, but they are also your reliable contacts for the many small problems and annoyances of daily life.

 

In future

With our highly experienced team in the districts and our mayoral candidate Dr Matthias Reintjes, we intend to continue the work we have been doing in the past years in a way that is in tune with today’s needs. We are always available for you, not only at the weekly markets or at special events, but also 24 hours a day via Facebook, WhatsApp and email. We reject expensive expert opinions for off-the-shelf village development concepts applied to all districts if the stimuli do not come directly from the districts themselves.

We keep our word!

  • Local associations
  • Focus on the development of the districts
  • Hochelten masterplan
  • Village development concept for Praest

In future

  • Local contacts
  • Promote grass-roots village development concepts from the bottom up
  • Available for you around the clock