The European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation between France and Luxembourg is an initiative of the European Parliament to strengthen cooperation in the border regions.
In his new role as President of the GECT, the City councillor for culture of Esch-sur-Alzette, Pim Knaff, is of course particularly interested in the european year of Culture Esch2022. This refers indeed not only to Esch, but to the entire border region, with the community of communes of the Pays Haut Val d’Alzette on the one hand, and the communes of Prosud on the other.
Another important priority is the organization of an international building exhibition, the IBA Alzette-Belval, which will present new and innovative concepts in the field of urban planning, architecture and spatial planning.
In this way, creative ideas will be collected on how this border region between Luxembourg and France should be developed in the future. The aim is for the two sides of the border to grow closer together and deepen their relations even more.
The GECT covers an area of about 170 km2, on which about 100,000 inhabitants live. Across Europe, there are about 20 such groupings.