Cities Northern Netherlands EU Office

The EU Office of the Northern Netherlands is an in-house office representing the cities Groningen, Leeuwarden, Assen and Emmen in the EU. The EU Office is situated at the House of the Dutch Provinces in Brussels. We represent the interests of the cities and help to develop innovative projects with international partners in the EU. The goal is to find partners from other regions and cities, connect them to our projects and perceive new developments and projects which can contribute to our economic challenges. This way we want to improve the competitiveness and the development of businesses in the Northern Netherlands.

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  • By Remke Palsma

Join voices to reawaken endangered languages in Europe

Afuk, together with local partners De Fryske Akademy and Mercator is looking to join as partners in this Horizon call, or other European projects that focuse on the preservation of endangered languages by enhancing cooperation, empowerement of local communities, involvement of young people and promotion of equality and linguistic diversity.

  • By Remke Palsma

Towards sustainable community-based funding of museums

Funding of museums by national, regional and local governments has diminished and the trend is still negative. In the slipstream also sponsorship by private companies has been reduced. Museums have to look for other forms of income in order to finance their societal tasks and their successful role as social institutes. Community-based crowdfunding might be a solution to get a large part of the public involved, let them be an active part in it and get them intouch with their heritage. A specific element of attention will be the inclusion of community members with fewer financial means, in the meanwhile avoiding stigmatization. The project will conceptualize, initiate and bring together existing test cases and analyze them by means of objective parameters. 

  • 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 Helga Aunemo

EWRC 2021: Sustainable, inclusive and beautiful urban areas – how can the New European Bauhaus boost holistic green transition?

This workshop brings together urban actors to exchange inspiring examples of holistic design and to explore how NEB can help urban areas to boost their green transition and to integrate the values of NEB - sustainable, beautiful and inclusive.