The Eurometropolis of Strasbourg Cross-border Cooperation Scheme highlights the importance of its cross-border component and underlines the implementation of a 360° vision across all its planning levels.
Our territory faces many challenges, and we have already moved to introduce, with our partners, innovative policies driven by sustainable growth and shared within the cross-border region of the Rhine, an area shaped by its urban dynamics and within which Strasbourg intends to maintain its leading role.
The rationale of a cross-border region is obvious and these areas have now become sources of wealth creation and catalysts of exchange mechanisms and the concrete development of Europe, encouraging as they do innovation, inventiveness and the pragmatism which push the development of our administrative practices and our relations with our partners.
A metropolitan territory such as Strasbourg must be able to leverage the many opportunities offered by its cross-border location and to set up the conditions for an orderly, dynamic and constructive dialogue with all the stakeholders in the Rhine area for structuring territorial cooperation through multi-level governance.
The Cross-border Cooperation Scheme was set up to achieve these aims, through a strategic, partner-based roadmap which sets out the Eurometropolis of Strasbourg’s cross-border aspirations on both local and macro-regional levels.
This ambitious scheme could not have been drawn up without the contribution of our partners, which include the French State, the Bas-Rhin Département, the Région Grand Est, the Banque des Territoires, the Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière (MOT), the German town of Kehl and the Strasbourg-Ortenau Eurodistrict, as well as all the public and private operators brought together within our partner assembly.
I would like to offer my thanks to all these organisations, as it is their collaboration which brought about our scheme and helped it become a cooperative instrument for the concerted development of our cross-border region.