2017 is the year of Eurometropolis 2.0, with more focused actions, more meetings and more co-construction at the service of the entire Eurometropolis community: politicians, institutions, companies, municipalities, associations, citizens, etc. The aim is to implement actions that are useful to all users of the French-Belgian region.
The Eurometropolis has defined three major priority areas for 2017-2018 including specific actions:
I. Creating economic development in order to provide room for dialogue between actors from the digital sector within the Eurometropolis;
II. Linking training and employment by learning the languages of the Eurometropolis (French and Dutch), by promoting cross-border employment and by implementing cross-border dual education;
III. Establishing sustainable development in the Eurometropolis by means of sustainable cross-border mobility, the management and coordination of the Eurometropolitan Blue Space as well as the promotion of alternative energies.
These thematic areas can be readjusted every two years depending on the progress of the work or relevant new subjects.
Moreover, the Eurometropolis again serves as a platform for dialogue between the actors of the region, including the border municipalities. Eurometropolitan meetings will be organised with several partners, enabling elected representatives, organised civil society and citizens to work on several projects together.
The Eurometropolis also confirms its support to Eurometropolitan initiatives such as Next Festival, Heartbeats Eurometropolis News, Eurométropole News, Eurométropole Masters Print, the events of Lille 3000 etc.
How does it work?
By means of a very simple organisation! Open action groups consisting of volunteers will carry out seven predefined actions. Each group will be led by a tandem of representatives, one elected and one from civil society. They will be supported by the cross-border agency in Kortrijk. The new challenge of the Eurometropolis is characterised by interested participants, shared experiences and skills which are useful in achieving tangible results for citizens.
When does it begin?
The action groups are being created. The moderators are in the process of conferring and the groups should be able to meet in March. However, work has already started, with two events planned for March:
• On March 8th, the energy visits will be continued with another visit to Pocheco, an envelope manufacturer located in Forest-sur-Marque,
• On March 14th, a first Eurometropolitan meeting will be held to kick off the SMART CITIES project. It will focus on digital applications to provide urban citizens with services and on the facilitation of mobility.