The transition to clean, sustainable energy and energy security is a top priority, both to the EU and the Northern Netherlands. As the ‘Energy Valley’, the Northern Netherlands is at the forefront of the transition to a sustainable energy supply.
Strong Northern Netherlands
What a great region it is: the Northern Netherlands! Our region has lot to offer to Europe. Our region has space, innovative entrepreneurs and great knowledge centres. On this page you will find an overview of our main strengths. Explore what we can offer you and how you can contribute of co-operate with us. One thing is for sure, opportunities are plentiful in the Northern Netherlands!
Strong Northern Netherlands as a transition region
The Northern Netherlands is committed to making the transition from a linear to a circular economy and from a traditional industry to industry 4.0. In addition to this, we are working towards a transition in healthcare and developing sustainable agriculture. In order to achieve this, we collaborate with our knowledge centres and entrepreneurs. Small and medium-sized enterprises are a strong force in our region, and there is no shortage of plans and ideas. The European Structural Funds help us launching these initiatives. We are able to invest optimally by managing these valuable sources of funding ourselves. The North has set its course for post-2020. We are moving from a regional innovation strategy (RIS) to a regional development strategy (RDS).
We see EU funds as a driving force for regional development
The Northern Netherlands is the European Union’s proven champion. Here, every euro from the European Regional Development Fund generates 4.26 euros in investments.
Strong Northern Netherlands is ready for the 2019 European Elections
We see many opportunities to accomplish European objectives, together with the European Union. In order to continue our mutual reinforcement we would like to explain which topics are important to us and to provide a number of concrete suggestions. We are ready for the 2019 elections.
Strong Northern Netherlands stimulates Healthy Ageing for its population
The Northern Netherlands has been awarded the 4 Star Reference Site Status for Healthy Ageing by the European Commission (maximum score). We are pioneers when it comes to research on prevention and healthy ageing and the application of knowledge.
Strong Northern Netherlands delivers Energy
Strong Northern Netherlands is circular
Citizens, governments and companies are increasingly aware that our linear economy needs to change to a circular economy. The core qualities of the Northern Netherlands give us a head start on the road towards a fully circular economy.
Strong Northern Netherlands is Smart, Green and accessible
Smart, green, and accessible. These are the key starting points for mobility by road, water and rail in the northern border region. The Northern Netherlands and its German hinterland, towards Hamburg for example, have the ability to relieve major cities and contribute significantly to the sustainability of the transport sector.
Strong Northern Netherlands has a strong agricultural sector
Agriculture in the Northern Netherlands is an important economic sector with a large impact on the land. The Northern Netherlands is fully committed to tackling its societal challenges related to agriculture. Regionally, it seizes opportunities and pursues innovations, including those related to climate and the environment.
Strong Northern Netherlands works with water
The Northern Netherlands is working on solutions for global water issues, such as the removal of medicine residues, the desalination of sea water, the reuse of water, the production of biodegradable bio-plastics, blue energy and the storage of energy in green batteries. To achieve this we use research, knowledge valorisation and the promotion of business activity.