EUROPE

Since 2004, BrabantStad has had its own Lobbyist in Brussels, securing us a firm and effective position, as well as representation. The goal is to get our priorities on the Brussels agenda as much as possible, and to participate in European programmes. For this, our Lobbyist follows the latest developments and opportunities in Europe, and can immediately react to any opportunities that arise which are in the best interests of BrabantStad. Our Lobbyist plays an active role in networking and building alliances, is in direct contact with the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Permanent Representation and other relevant European organisations and networks, as well as organising official work visits and receptions for the directors.

Networking and alliances

BrabantStad is a full member of the network of European cities: Eurocities, which bundles the cities powers towards the European Parliament. Additionally, BrabantStad has already created a strategic alliance with Venlo, through which BrabantStad can collaborate with a number of German cities which have already aligned themselves under a Ruhr-Region collective, which also includes cities such as Duisburg and Essen.

Strategic position

BrabantStad has a unique strategic position in the Eurodelta, positioned between three large metropolitan zones: the Randstad, the Flemish Diamond (Vlaamse Ruit) and the Ruhr-Region. BrabantStad is connected to these regions via road, water, rail, air and pipe-lines. This gives BrabantStad a key position in North Europe and enables us to live up to our ambition of being amongst the top knowledge and innovation regions in Europe. BrabantStad is the fastest growing economic region in the Netherlands, with Brainport being one of the top three national regions, and the smartest region in the world.

OECD RURBAN survey

In 2011, the DG Region of the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) selected BrabantStad to be a participant of the RURBAN-survey. In total, the OECD looked at 11 countries, including cities in the United States, Australia, Russia, Germany, France, Spain and Portugal. The survey focussed on the relationships between urban and rural communities. BrabantStad was chosen as a great example of a successful network in small to medium-sized cities.

The examiners visited BrabantStad in November 2012. On the 24th and 25th of April 2013, OECD presented the provisional survey results during the RURBAN-conference in Warsaw. Later that year, in October, the final results were announced. The informal and flexible structure of BrabantStad and the large amount of social capital present in the network, is seen by the OECD as being unique in Europe. These results are now being used to shape the future use of EU funding and policies. The final RURBAN-report can be found here.

 

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BrabantStad Task Agenda

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Attractive Brabant

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Better Accessible Brabant

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Competitive Brabant

 

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Sustainability, knowledge, education & the labour market.


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