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Meuse-Rhine (Dutch-German-Belgium Border)

Border Type

The Meuse-Rhine Euregion created in 1976, with judicial status achieved in 1991 is an “Old” European border between Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

Which entities constitute the CB region?

  • Region Aachen
    German-speaking Community of Belgium; the seat of the Euroregion is located in its capital Eupen
    Belgian Province of Liège
    Belgian Province of Limburg
    Southern part of the Dutch Province of Limburg

Basic data of the border region

Inhabitants: 4 Mio inhabitants

Area of cooperation: 11,000 km2

Development hubs across the border:

  •  In the Netherlands: Maastricht
  •  In Germany: Aachen
  •  In Belgium: Hasselt, Eupen, Liège

Area of cooperation:

  •  Innovation
  • Economy
  • Environment and resource efficiency
  •  Social inclusion and education

Governance / institutionalisation of cross border co-operation within the region – Degree of cooperation

The Euroregion Meuse-Rhine has been constituted as a working group in 1976. The EMR has been a Foundation (‘Stichting’) under Dutch law since 1991.

Thematic focus

Cross-border cooperation in the EMR faces several challenges in the 2014-2020 period, identified on the basis of a socioeconomic analysis, regional policy aims, and the Europe 2020 strategy. In view of the area’s cross-border challenges and the opportunity that Interreg V-A affords to tackle them, the EMR has defined four theme-based objectives/priority axes, i.e. priorities. For current themes, see: https://www.interregemr.eu/themes

Major projects in the cross border region

For a list of the current projects of the Euregion, see: https://www.interregemr.eu/projects

For a list of ITEM projects see below, or visit www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/item

Current challenges for co-operation

  •  Language issues
  •  No (joint) data available
  •  Legal issues (different national law)

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