With a history dating back to the 1950s, the EUREGIO is among the oldest
Euroregions in Europe. It can be considered as a successful case of a crossborder
region (CBR) in the sense that it has firmly established itself as a
border agency within its stretch of the Dutch-German border area. The
EUREGIO has also been one of the main protagonists behind the
Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) that over the last decades
acted to spread the Euroregion model across the European territory.
This chapter has several objectives. Firstly, it introduces the case of the
EUREGIO and presents evidence on its history, organisational set-up and
policies.1 Secondly, it analyses the context conditions under which the
EUREGIO emerged and the governance structures that were created as a
result. Particular emphasis is put on the position and role of the EUREGIO
within the wider context of the European multi-level governance framework
generated by EU cohesion policy. The chapter concludes with an attempt to
evaluate the success and impact of the EUREGIO and a discussion of the
challenges related to the EUREGIO’s dual role as representative of local
authority interests and EU cohesion policy implementation agency.
This is a paper presented at the 'Euroregions: experiences and lessons' workshop, at the Institut Universitari d'Estudis Europeus. University of Barcelona. 15-16 December 2005.