Editorial from the political representatives of the Greater GenevaJanuary 2016
François Longchamp, President of Greater Geneva and President of the Conseil d’Etat of the Canton of Geneva
Jacqueline De Quattro, second Vice-President of Greater Geneva and Conseillère d’Etat of the Canton of Vaud
Jean Denais, first Vice-President of Greater Geneva and President of the French Geneva area Regional Cooperation Assembly
"Greater Geneva is a cross-border conurbation numbering nearly 1 million inhabitants, with 450,000 jobs, spread across 212 municipalities in the Canton of Geneva, the District of Nyon (Canton of Vaud) and the intermunicipalities of the French Geneva area grouped together within the Regional Cooperation Assembly. We share the same living space, which straddles international and cantonal borders and is demarcated by the geographical boundaries of Lake Leman, the Jura mountain range and the foothills of the Alps.
Greater Geneva is a reality that is integrated into the daily lives of its inhabitants. Every day, over 70,000 cross-border commuters, 20,000 workers who have chosen to live in France and 15,000 workers from the District of Nyon cross the boundary of the city of Geneva to go and work there. Between 2006 and 2011, 15,000 new inhabitants settled in Greater Geneva each year, exceeding the highest demographic projections.
This dynamism and the intensity of the exchanges within the French-Vaud-Geneva conurbation require joint political action in order to both manage the development of our region and preserve the economic, social and environmental equilibrium. In the space of 10 years, we have made major progress, in the form of the signature of two conurbation projects in 2007 and 2012; the creation of an LGCC dedicated to Greater Geneva's governance; the establishment of the Conurbation Forum to foster links with civil society; the implementation of several transport and town-planning projects; an agricultural project for the conurbation; and actions for air quality, etc. This is only the beginning. In 2016, we will step up our actions by drawing up a territorial project designed and shared by public and private stakeholders."
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