European Development Pole (Longwy)Countries: France , Belgium , Luxembourg
Regions concerned: Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Meurthe-et-Moselle (France), Lorraine region (France), Province of Luxembourg (Belgium), Walloon region (Belgium)
The Longwy European Development Pole (PED), located at the border tripoint between France, Luxembourg and Belgium, forms a cross-border conurbation bringing together 22 municipalities and representing more than 120,000 inhabitants.
This urban centre brings together local authorities in Belgium, France and Luxembourg. It aims to promote a comprehensive approach to the development of the site, through the ambitious “Triple Point” project, a hub for the tertiary sector in the heart of the cross-border conurbation.
Long specialised in the mining and steel-making industries, the conurbation has, since the 1970s, been facing a serious restructuring crisis and the dismantling of Belgian and then French factories up to the 1990s. The extent of this crisis has necessitated, from the 1980s onwards, the joint intervention of the three countries for the economic restructuring of the area.