For almost 25 years the network "Four Motors for Europ" has connected the four regions of Baden-Württemberg, Catalonia, Lombardy and Rhône-Alpes. We have succeeded in creating a stable, seasoned, diverse alliance which helps make our voice heard more clearly on the concept of a "Europe of Regions" both in Brussels and on the global playing field.
Europe sometimes seems a rather abstract entity. Seen from the level of its member states, political and cultural differences often seem to prevail, rather than the things we Europeans have in common. This all changes when our view of Europe reaches the regional level: the common denominators appear larger and closeness to citizens takes on a whole new shape. Suddenly, border zones are no longer dividing lines; instead, they are spaces which we can mould and develop together.
With integration constantly on the increase, we need to take citizen's wishes into account, including people and getting them invovlved in decision-making processes. It is only if Europe remains close to its citizens and if the European vision can be communicated to them that Europe's success story will be able to continue. This Europe muse remain a Europe of Regions, with networks such as the "Four Motors for Europe" pumping life into it.
In taking on the presidency of this alliance we aim to help keep the vitality of the participating regions flowing and enable our network to live up to its name, remaining the Four Motors for Europe!