Mönchengladbach. New managing director Maike Hajjoubi visits the town hall abbey
The euregio rhein-maas-nord, based in the Nordpark, acts as a special purpose association and mouthpiece for the region for better cross-border networking in the border area between Germany and the Netherlands in order to promote mutual understanding and strengthen the common identity. Maike Hajjoubi has been the new managing director since the beginning of March and has now paid Mayor Hans Wilhelm Reiners an inaugural visit. “Due to the corona pandemic, the training period was not ideal because many events and meetings had to be canceled. But that will change now. I would like to make the euregio better known and promote the extensive opportunities that result from cross-border cooperation, ”says the new managing director, who has been the project manager of the publicly funded INTERREG V project“ High Potentials Crossing Borders ”and a professional cross-border worker for 16 years has a lot of experience in the region.
Cross-border cooperation takes place on many levels. The mayor also knows this: “Many companies and institutions in Mönchengladbach use a variety of opportunities that the neighboring country can offer – both economically, culturally and sportily. Euregio is the ideal contact, can provide assistance and support this exchange with funding. “The euregio managing director wants to use” best practice “examples to stir the drum for this form of cooperation:” We offer a cornucopia of possibilities: Programs, concerts of choirs or sporting events, for example, also support smaller projects. ”Companies can use the INTERREG funding program as part of the structural and investment policy of the European Union to find cooperation partners in the neighboring country and to carry out joint projects. This also includes large projects with a project volume in the millions. Another focus of Maike Hajjoubi will be the improvement of working conditions: “We have to further reduce bureaucratic hurdles in order to enable stronger cooperation. In the labor market in particular, workers need to be able to move around much more freely. This benefits employers on both sides of the border. ”
In the Dutch part of the euregio, the municipalities of Beesel, Bergen, Echt-Susteren, Gennep, Horst aan de Maas, Leudal, Nederweert, Peel en Maas, Maasgouw, Roerdalen, Roermond, Venlo, Venray, the MKB Limburg and Midden en Kleinbedrijf Limburg belong to euregio rhein-maas-nord. On the German side, in addition to the state capital of Düsseldorf, the cities of Mönchengladbach and Krefeld, the southern part of the district of Kleve, the bordering municipalities of Brüggen and Niederkrühen as well as the cities of Straelen, Geldern, Nettetal, Wassenberg, Wegberg and Selfkant belong to the euregio area, furthermore the district of Viersen, the Rhein-Kreis Neuss, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Middle Lower Rhine and the Lower Rhine Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Duisburg.