Sélecteur de langues
Brussels, 10 October 2007
"Your euro-region has been a pioneer in cross-border co-operation and we count on you to continue to show the way. I encourage you to make full use of the opportunities provided by European Regional Policy for 2007-2013" said Danuta Hübner.
At the University of Twente (near the Dutch town of Enschede), together with Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and German President Köhler, Commissioner Hübner attended a round-table discussion around the four following themes:
In parallel to the debates, an exhibition has been set up to present to the public the cross-border achievements of recent years. The first "euro-regions" (also called "euregios") started on the Dutch-German border in the fifties at the initiative of local politicians, under the umbrella of the Council of Europe.
The project called "T.E.A.M" is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with €1.1 million: about 8.000 Dutch and German pupils from the age of 10 make experiments in areas related to natural sciences and engineering at the University of Twente. It is hoped that this will stimulate new career interests and increase the number of engineers for business on both sides of the border.
Cooperation in the future
For the period 2007-2013, the Euro-region Enschede-Gronau is part of the
larger Dutch-German cross-border programme "4 EUREGIOs" which extends along the
entire border between the two countries. The programme will receive €139
million from the ERDF, which will be supplemented by €155 million of
national contributions. This programme will be approved by the Commission in the
coming weeks and the selection of projects will soon be able to
Have your say - Online consultation on the future of regional policy: The Commission has launched a debate on the future of regional policy until the end of January 2008 and invites all citizens to take part via the following website: