Cities Northern Netherlands

The Northern Netherlands comprises the three northern provinces of Groningen, Drenthe and Friesland.  The overriding aim of this region is to strengthen the economy of the North. The four large cities in the region – Groningen, Leeuwarden, Emmen and Assen – play an important part in this process.

The economy of the Northern Netherlands depends on innovation. Or, to use the language of the Europe 2020 strategy, smart growth, sustainable growth and inclusive growth. In other words, the development of knowledge and innovation must be combined with responsible use of natural resources, job creation and improvement of quality of life.

Latest Updates

  • By Pieter Faber

Companies need a push in the right direction: The north can realise the dream of a Green EU

2020, the “Corona year’’, was a year in which chemical companies and plastic producers have made great strides in green development. But investment is needed to achieve the next steps. The Bio Cooperative Noord Nederland consortium has the details.

  • By Pieter Faber

Senbis (Emmen, Northern Netherlands) expands pilot facilities for sustainable plastics

Over the next three years, Senbis in Emmen, the Netherlands, will be investing €5.5 million through its new subsidiary SPIC Facilities BV, in a testing facility for the development of sustainable plastics.

  • By Hilary Webb

Inland ports boosting green and circular mobility transition

Cities Northern Netherlands, with the province of Overijssel, is to present a webinar on the crucial contribution of small and medium inland ports in the transition to a sustainable and circular mobility sector. The webinar will discuss the benefits of enhanced circularity for people, businesses, regions and cities. 

  • By Pieter Faber

More healthy years along the Northern Dutch-German border: Creating a blueprint for sustainable and resilient health systems in European border regions

The EU Region Talk 'More healthy years along the Northern Dutch-German border: Creating a blueprint for sustainable and resilient health systems in European border regions' will be a chance to learn more about the cross-border institute of healthcare systems and prevention.