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In 2020, the Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Rotterdam. The festival's organisation announced this on 30 August. The final battle for the location of the greatest live-television spectacle in the world was between the two Meuse-cities Maastricht and Rotterdam.
During the current European budget period (2014-2020), an amount of €1.3 billion in European subsidies has already been awarded to organisations in Zuid-Holland. Over 1,800 Zuid-Holland organisations use these funds to realise almost 3,500 projects by cooperating with European partners. Besides subsidies, the European Investment Bank has invested €2.4 billion in Zuid-Holland.
The CoR adopted in last week's plenary session an opinion on a place-based approach to EU industrial policy. Rapporteur Jeannette Baljeu (NL/Renew Europe), Commissioner in the Province of Zuid-Holland, said: “For Europe to remain competitive and make a successful transition to a zero-carbon and digital economy we need to strengthen regional and local ecosystems by cooperating in the whole value chain and connecting these ecosystems throughout all European regions. Cooperation of local and regional stakeholders is key in this. We can learn from each other and grow the European Industry in a sustainable way to a stronger, more innovative and competitive European Union."
Regional Minister Baljeu's report ‘A local approach for the EU's industrial policy strategy’ has been adopted by the CoR. Baljeu gives suggestions for a renewed EU industrial policy and advises the European Committee to take a more multi-sectoral approach aimed at identifying and utilising local strengths and capacities. It is also important to strengthen the connection between the European regions.
The industry and the Province of Zuid-Holland endorse the substantive focus of the Spatial Planning Policy Document but note a disastrous shortage of financial resources. The Cabinet recognises the great strategic, economic, scientific and social importance of European and Dutch space travel. Space is, after all, one of the few industrial sectors in Europe that can compete with existing space powers (U.S.A. and Russia) and new ones (China and India). In view of the changing economic and technological relationships in the world, it is crucial to stay ahead in the strategic field of space travel.
Six (6) new ships are joining the sustainability trial project for inland shipping, CLean INland SHipping (CLINSH). CLINSH aims to make inland shipping more sustainable. The Province of Zuid-Holland is the lead partner of the project. In all, 41 ships from three (3) European countries take part in CLINSH, completing the fleet. The ships have been selected based on a European tendering procedure. Measuring equipment will be installed on all ships that take part in the CLINSH field test, after which the emissions on board will be measured around the clock. This provides valuable information on the environmental performance and the operational costs involved in the application of the various techniques
In 2018, 115 foreign companies opened an office or expanded their business in West Holland with the assistance of regional acquisition partners. These firms are expected to provide in excess of 2,600 jobs and to invest a total of 278 million euros in the region. Since 2014, The Hague Business Agency, Rotterdam Partners and InnovationQuarter have been actively collaborating to place the region in the global spotlight and to attract and support foreign companies. This has paid off: 26% of international companies that set up business in the Netherlands last year chose West Holland.
During a European Committee of the Regions Plenary session, Jeannette Baljeu explains what is being discussed, what she’s working with regards to her report and her work at the European level. The opinion will focus on how an EU industrial policy strategy could be implemented using a territorial or place-based approach, the role of regional and local authorities in that regard and how their role can be supported by EU initiatives. It would also address how a low carbon and circular economy can be a driver of innovation and new business and employment opportunities in a regional and local context.
Zuid-Holland's SMITZH-programme and the Flemish Flanders Make are to collaborate during the coming 3 years to make the manufacturing industry in both regions smarter. Their efforts will mainly target the exchange of knowledge in the field of automation and robotization of production processes.
The 55 newly elected Provincial Executives of the Zuid-Holland Provincial Council were inaugurated on 28 March 2019. Forum voor Democratie (‘Forum for Democracy’, FvD) and DENK ('THINK') are new to the Provincial Council.