Since 1988, Baden-Württemberg has enjoyed growing relationships with Catalonia, Lombardy and Rhône-Alpes as part of the "Four Motors for Europe" network. Flanders and Wales are associated members of the same network, and Baden-Württemberg also takes part in the "Four Motors for Mercosur" partnership with Paraná (Brazil), Córdoba (Argentina), Rivera (Uruguay) and Alto Paraná (Paraguay), which is itself modelled on the "Four Motors for Europe".
On the occasion of the 30th anniversary, the responsible persons for the environment of the four Motors met on 3 July 2018 in the Ministry of the Environment in Stuttgart. The discussions centered on joint measures in climate protection and other activities in the areas of environmental education and the circular economy. The four partners agreed on organizing further joint events in Brussels.
Since the creation of the "Four Motors for Europe", cooperation has intensified considerably, not only because of the comparable structures as highly industrialized regions facing very similar challenges, but also because the new means of communication facilitate the close cooperation. The "Four Motors for Europe" benefit from the excellent reputation they have acquired over the years. This makes it easier to gain a stronger voice as a network in the diversity of voices of lobbyists in Brussels and in global competition.
In the Working Group on Environment and Climate Protection there is a lively exchange of information where the multilateral projects are further developed and specified. By joining, the partner regions also support the international Under2 Coalition on climate protection.
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