Editorial by Uwe Conradt, Vice-President of the SaarMoselle Eurodistrict and Mayor of SaarbrückenApril 2021
“The border had practically been erased”
Historically, the interconnectedness of Saarland and the Moselle is unique in Europe. Nearly 11 years ago, the ambition of stakeholders and citizens in this cross-border territory led to the setting-up of the “SaarMoselle Eurodistrict” EGTC in order to develop a cross-border conurbation through a joint vision in the areas of urban planning, mobility, interculturality and bilingualism, economic development, tourism and healthcare.
In this area in which awareness of a physical border had practically disappeared, the measures that have been taken at national level in response to the health crisis appear disproportionate and uncoordinated.
In the past few years, the Eurodistrict has successfully contributed to the development of cross-border cooperation in healthcare, and this topic is more than ever a central component of its future action. The adoption of joint strategies aimed at stimulating the economy and supporting culture when we come out of the health crisis would be beneficial for cooperation and constitute a useful basis for future-oriented cooperation projects. The SaarMoselle Eurodistrict has reaffirmed its commitment to stepping up Franco-German cooperation so that the joint development of our Franco-German conurbations, where Europe has long been experienced as a daily reality, can continue to serve the well-being of the citizens who live there.
Read the article: Projects of the SaarMoselle Eurodistrict up to 2027
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