21e WELTKRIPPENKONGRESS
AKEN
15 - 19 JANUARI 2020

EUREGIO Meuse-Rhine

The Meuse-Rhine Euregio is at the heart of Europe. With its five regions, three countries and an equal number of languages, it offers many strengths in the European sense. A rich cultural heritage, landscape diversity and enormous economic potential and future-oriented economic structures, but also experience in life and working with European neighbours.

About 4 million people live in the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion. About half of the population lives in Belgium, a third in the Netherlands and Germany. The Meuse-Rhine Euregion is an area where integration is taken for granted. Here, for example, you live in Belgium, you buy in the Netherlands and you work in Germany. This can of course easily be handled through the open borders. The strong flow of cross-border commuters shows the interdependence of Euregio’s national labor markets. Every day more than 22.000 people commute across the border to go to work.

A well-developed road network guarantees good mobility of the population. Public transport (bus and train), also here called the Thalys, ensures that it reaches its destination as quickly as possible. Several airports are also easily accessible. The port of Li├Ęge is the third largest European inland port because it is directly connected to the seaports of Antwerp and Rotterdam. High-quality research and development services play a major role in the Euregion. The many universities and research institutes offer plenty of space for highly qualified and internationally oriented generation scientists with a focus on technological and scientific fields. The great technological potential is an important factor in the structural change of the Meuse-Rhine Euregion.

The Meuse-Rhine Euregio shows to a limited extent what should be possible throughout Europe