The province of Zuid-Holland aspires to reinforce its quality of life and competitive position. The province’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 we take an active approach in the European arena, notably in Brussels, in order to help shape European policy. Many of the challenges we face, 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 Outline Agreement 2015-2019, entitled “Smarter, Cleaner and Stronger” provides a brief description of the province’s vision on these themes. The province’s European and International Affairs (EU-IA) Department is aligning our vision with European policy on four priority themes. For instance, the province seeks to create enabling conditions to promote progress in key areas in Zuid-Holland. In its European Strategy, which stems from the Outline Agreement, EU-IA explains its four priority themes in more detail: economic growth and the transition to a circular economy, improved mobility and sustainable transport, innovative and sustainable food supply, and Zuid- Holland as an innovative metropolitan delta.