Although a political invention, the Euroregion has no political body and has neither a capital nor a centre. The ambition of the Euroregions is to improve the performance of the European Union. National borders should not restrict axes of knowledge and cultural cooperation. Therefore, it is no longer a question of 'why' but 'how' are we going to connect the Euroregion.
In preparation for the congress, we want to partner with workshops in Flanders, Wallonia, and Germany to discuss the (im)possibilities of a transnational urban unit. Each workshop will be in a central region and asked to formulate a contextual vision on the issue of cross-border agglomeration from a spatial-economic perspective. The collected results are shared with international experts to be reflected upon during the ISOCARP Congress in October.
The first workshop takes place in Maastricht. During the workshop, urban planner Simon Dona comments on the study ‘grensoverschrijdend perspectief South Limburg’ (Cross-Border Perspective, Zuid-Limburg). This presentation is followed by reflections on the study from a German, Flemish, and Walloonian perspective. The workshops in Germany and Belgium follow similar lines. The ambition for the workshops is to create a toolbox, consisting of Euroregional cases, to construct the basis for the congress's agenda.
The workshop also provides an excellent opportunity to strengthen the network through the themes of connecting cross-border knowledge hubs and cities with joint energy. Therefore, we are asking you to please inform interested parties from your network about this invitation.
Language of instruction during the workshop will be English.
If you need more information, please contact Martijn van Bussel, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 0031 6 146 596 37.
Municipality of Maastricht
Province of Limburg
Bureua Europa in collaboration with a number of creative entrepreneurs