THE HANSA today
Any town or municipality that belonged to the historical Hanseatic League and was associated with it (e.g. as a kontor, trading post or through regular trade relations) can become a member of THE HANSA.
Today, it is no longer about asserting economic interests, but rather about exchange and cross-border cooperation. The Union of Cities aims to promote the cultural heritage and Hanseatic identity in the member cities and to work together for a united and peaceful Europe. Essential topics of cooperation are tourism, culture and sustainability.
With the "International Hanseatic Day of Modern Times", THE HANSA picks up the tradition of the medieval Hanseatic Days. Every year, a different Hanseatic city hosts the event to celebrate the common past and international understanding.
The highest body is the Assembly of Delegates, to which all member cities can send their delegates. The Assembly of Delegates meets once a year at the International Hanseatic Day and makes all important decisions.
In each country, the member cities elect one city to represent them on the Commission. Germany has five seats on the Commission due to the large number of Hanseatic cities. The youthHansa and the Board are also represented on the Commission. The Commission makes recommendations to the Assembly of Delegates and meets at least twice a year.
The Board consists of the President (called "Vormann") and representatives from four other Hanseatic cities. The mayor of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck is always the Vormann, the other members of the Board are elected for three years.
Board members 2022-25: Jan Lindenau/Lübeck (Vormann), Inger Harlevi/Visby (vice president), Dr. Christof Bartsch/Brilon, Jānis Rozenbergs/Cēsis, Peter Snijders/Zwolle