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Winners released: Competition awards German cities and regions well connected in Europe

The Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development acknowledges cities and regions, which jointly realise projects with European partners thus actively shaping their local developments. A jury has now selected the four winners of the competition "Successfully connected in Europe".

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The county of Lörrach und city of Weil am Rhein will be awarded for their exemplary cross-border cooperation. The joint planning activities of the cross border region Germany-Switzerland-France are based on a so-called "3-country concept". With this concept, the region has paved the way for sustained cross-border planning activities.

As a founding member of the European Geoparks Network, the Vulkaneifel geopark shows in an exemplary way how the natural specifics of a region can be positively used for its economic and touristic development in a European context.

The jury was convinced of the cooperation projects of the City of Munich. The Bavarian capital works together with other large cities in Europe in order to both identify potentials for the joint economic development as well as to develop solutions how to improve the quality of life for citizens in growing metropolises.

The small Hessian town of Gudensberg will be given an award for its exemplary civic engagement on the European level. What started as aid provided by Gudesberg to Ukrainian partner cities has turned into a wide European engagement carried by citizens, associations and the town’s administration.

"The winners of our competition show exemplarily, how cooperation across borders may enhance the development of cities and regions and at the same time strengthen the public spirit and the identification with Europe", says Marco Wanderwitz, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community.

On 28 November 2018, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, on behalf of which the BBSR launched the competition, is going to honour the winners. All awarded participants will receive an advertising package for communicating and visualising their extraordinary engagement. Apart from the presentation of winners, another focus of the event will be on the exchange among the participants. Other municipalities and regions, which interested in intensify their European engagement, as well, are invited to the event. Informal registrations can be sent to [Kontakt]

The jury consists of Dr. Klaus Nutzenberger (German Association of Towns and Municipalities), Susanne Scherrer (Joint Secretariat of the Baltic Sea Region Programme), Prof. em. Dr. Bernd Scholl (ETH Zurich, university for science and technology), Tanja Struve (German County Association).


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