The province of Zuid-Holland’s international policy focuses on the European Union (EU), and beyond the EU, in particular on China. Europe increasingly determines Zuid-Holland’s scope for development, which is why the province takes an active approach in the European arena, notably in Brussels, in order to help shape European policy. Many of Zuid-Holland's challenges fall within the domain of European policy.
The province has set objectives in such fields as Mobility, Green Areas & Water, Living & Working, Government and Finance. The province’s European and International Affairs (EU-IA) Department is aligning Zuid-Holland's vision for 2015-2019 with European policy on five priorities: exploiting our economic potential, the transition to a circular economy, reliable and clean transport, a reliable and sustainable food supply, and protecting the metropolitan delta.