Brabant builds good relationships with regions in and outside of the EU. Brabant cooperates with:

  • Border region: Flanders - the Netherlands
  • North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse and Bavaria in Germany
  • Wielkopolska (Greater Poland), one of the largest provinces in Poland
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Jiangsu in China

Networking at the European level

Brabant seeks links with other European regions in different networks. Brabant cooperates in:

  • The House of the Dutch Provinces in Brussels: in 2000 the 12 Dutch provinces and the Association of Provincial Authorities (IPO) set up the House of the Dutch Provinces in Brussels (NHP).
  • The Assembly of European Regions (AER): one of the most important European network organizations for Brabant.
  • The Committee of the Regions: the link between the European Union and the regions and municipalities.
  • Polis: a network of European cities and regions that work together on innovative transport technologies and policy.
  • The Vanguard Initiative: an initiative that is driven by a political commitment of regions to use smart specialisation strategy for boosting new growth through bottom-up entrepreneurial innovation and industrial renewal in European priority areas.
  • CORAL: an European network of regions collaborating in the field of Ambient Assisted Living and Active and Healthy Ageing.
  • Districts of Creativity Network: 13 of the most creative and innovative regions around the world to share practices on harnessing the power of creativity.

European subsidies

Europe provides subsidies for all kinds of projects that contribute to a beautiful environment, a strong economy and a close-knit social network. And Brabant’s provincial government does its utmost to obtain as many of these subsidies as possible.

The programmes in which Brabant is active are:

  • Operationeel Programma Zuid (national)
  • POP3 Brabant (national)
  • Interreg (international)


International cooperation