Randstad, Brainport Eindhoven and the Dutch Government jointly work on competitive strength

Administrators of the northern and southern Randstad conurbation, Brainport Eindhoven and the Dutch Government agreed on Thursday 23 November 2017 to cooperate to better compete with metropolitan cities such as Paris and London. These plans are in the Implementation Programme for the Spatial-Economic Development Strategy (REOS).

Minister of the Interior Kajsa Ollongren, and Regional Minister Adri Bom-Lemstra (representing the Province of Zuid-Holland) were present when these agreements were made. “With the REOS, we will take every opportunity to jointly think and act big.   The government has great ambitions in sustainability, knowledge, and innovation; the collaborating regions and companies contribute to these. That is how we will be able to take on the international competition,”, according to Bom-Lemstra.

Attracting investments and talent

By better linking top locations such as campuses, mixed business areas, production landscapes and attractive living and working areas, The Netherlands aim to attract foreign investments and talent. Eindhoven's alderman Staf Depla and Almere's mayor Franc Weerwind, for instance, will work on a better digital connection in the cities. The connection with the Roadmap Next Economy’s Digital Delta will be made at the same time. Bom-Lemstra is collaborating with Noord-Holland's regional Minister Jaap Bond on so-called ‘Production Landscapes’ in which economic trump cards such as the mainports, the greenports and the technological manufacturing industry are key.

Attractive living and work climate

In addition, the aldermen of Utrecht and Eindhoven, Paulus Jansen and Wilbert Seuren, will look at developing and transforming the former port and industrial areas into attractive living and work areas; Utrecht's regional Minister Pim van den Berg will promote the top locations internationally; and the aldermen of Rotterdam and Den Bosch, Pex Langenberg and Saskia Bruines, will draft a top 5 of opportunities and challenges in accessibility within and the interconnectivity of the aforementioned regions, which have to be addressed to strengthen the business climate.

Economic key area

The northern and southern Randstad conurbation and Brainport Eindhoven form the core area of The Netherlands. 38% of the Dutch population lives here, 42% of the national income is made here, 63% of the certificates in Dutch scientific education is achieved here and 50% of all private R&D is performed here. The largest ports are situated here, as is Greenport West-Holland, and one of the best connected European airports. And here is where international leading activities take place in fields such as life science and Nano-electronics. At the same time, all these activities, knowledge, and energy could be better interconnected.

Broad cooperation

Implementation Programme REOS will be conducted by the provinces of Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland, Noord-Brabant, Flevoland and Utrecht, the cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Eindhoven and Utrecht, the Economic Board Zuid-Holland, Economic Board Utrecht, Brainport Eindhoven and Amsterdam Economic Board, and the ministries of Infrastructure and Environment, Economic Affairs and Climate, Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations. With all that, this collaboration is far from defined. This Implementation Programme is to serve as an example for new forms of collaboration of the National Government and the regions, which other partners that support the REOS-ambition can also join.