The Euregio Meuse-Rhine

Three languages, five regions, one common identity: The Euregio Meuse-Rhine with its three member states comprises 11,000 square kilometres and has around 3.8 million inhabitants. Half of them live in Belgium, a third in Germany, and a fifth in the Netherlands.

Meuse-Rhine was created in 1976 with judicial status achieved in 1991. It has a great deal to offer. The region has a rich and diverse cultural heritage (going back to Charlemagne's days and before) and is one of the oldest and most important centres of pre-industrial trading activity and early industrialisation in Europe. Its great economic potential and future-oriented economic structures are impressive, as is the natural environment of forest, hill and dale. Meuse-Rhine takes in the Belgian provinces of Limburg, Liège and Belgium's German-speaking community, Dutch South Limburg, the German districts of Aachen, Düren, Euskirchen and Heinsberg, and the cities of Aachen, Liège and Maastricht. It is an area which, with a general business presence of 250,000 companies, approaches state-like dimensions in both demographic and economic terms.
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A region on the move

Europe's hub: Meuse-Rhine offers key air logistic and distribution centres at Brussels, Liège and Cologne airports. It is also at the nexus of the major European north-south and east-west highways and TGV/ICE train links (Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt).

These high-speed nodes in the European rail network now require rapid and convenient connections with regional transport networks. The planned Circle Line rail link to provide continuous and fast cross-border connections to Meuse-Rhine's major cities will be a milestone in the euregional network development.

Science and technology
High-quality R&D services are substantial to this. The many universities and research institutions (with a student population of 100,000) are producing a new, highly qualified and internationally oriented generation with a focus on science and technology. This outstanding technological potential has been a decisive factor in Meuse-Rhine's revival.


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Neighbours across borders

Meuse-Rhine is sometimes called "Europe on a small scale": Here you can work in the Netherlands, live in Belgium and go to the doctor in Germany. The advantages of open borders and single currency are obvious in this region.

Here, languages change every ten minutes. This Euroregion sees itself as a natural setting for cross-border contact as well as cultural and economic exchange. Cross-border commuter flows reveal that national employment markets are closely meshed in Meuse-Rhine. Everyday more than 30,000 people cross the border to go to work. The highways and the logistical framework assure optimal mobility.

The perhaps most important aspect of the Meuse-Rhine is the human one: the real-life, real-time experience of living and working together with neighbours across borders.

The area has waterborne logistical access at Liège and Born, too, handling both bulk and container cargo and providing intermodal functionality. The Port of Liège, linked with Antwerp and Rotterdam, is one of Europe's largest inland ports, in terms of tonnage handled (30 mil-lion tons annually), following Duisburg and pushing Paris into third place. Maastricht also has an airport.



RWTH Aachen Campus

RWTH Aachen Campus contributes significantly towards highlighting the research competence available at RWTH University. The project creates a unique symbiosis of science and industry. Here, experts research specifically defined, relevant topics. Long-term areas of research are represented in clusters. These clusters are subdivided into centers, in which interdisciplinary teams and industry consortia work jointly on specific issues of the future and develop visionary solution approaches.


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