Presidency of the Greater Region: Wallonia's objectives

February 2015

Presidency of the Greater Region: Wallonia's objectives

Depuis le 1er janvier 2015, la région wallonne a l’honneur et la responsabilité de présider la Grande Région, exercice assumé en étroite collaboration avec ses partenaires belges, la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles et la Communauté germanophone.

Since 1 January 2015, Wallonia has had the honour and responsibility of chairing the Greater Region, a task that it is carrying out in close collaboration with its Belgian partners, the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and the German-Speaking Community. This mobilisation will be particularly focused around the presidency's theme: creativity and innovation. A theme that is highly relevant to the common challenges and opportunities it represents for all of the partner regions.

It is also a central thread of Wallonia's regional development strategy: the Marshall Plan 4.0.

Wallonia's objective during its presidency will be to produce and highlight the concrete benefits of this cross-border territory for both citizens and businesses.

In this context, it is planned to rapidly implement the framework agreement on vocational training concluded between Greater Region stakeholders in November 2014, with special emphasis on the development of vocational training in the careers of the future.

The presidency will also be an opportunity to publicise "success stories" and the creative innovative projects of INTERREG IV, without forgetting the numerous public events such as the "Greater Region Day" or the "Fair-Play Tour"*. A cross-border gourmet walk allowing people to sample local gastronomic delicacies will also be initiated.

Lastly, Wallonia's presidency will be marked by the Greater Region's 20th anniversary, a festive occasion that will also be an opportunity for the greater-regional structure to reflect on its dynamics so as to optimise its functioning.

More info [FR]
Read the editorial from Paul Magnette, Minister-President of Wallonia

*The Greater Region's "Fair-Play Tour", launched in 1999, brings together young people around sport once a year, with an itinerary of over 800 km across the cross-border territory.

From left to right on the photo: Oliver Paasch, Minister-President of the German-Speaking Community; René Collin, Minister of Wallonia, Delegate to the Greater Region's representation and Sports Minister of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation; Paul Magnette, Minister-President of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation; Rudy Demotte, Minister-President of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.

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