The EU’s Interreg programme, which supports cross-border infrastructure and research projects, got started in 1989.
Since then, the grand duchy has participated in 386 inter-regional initiatives, involving 2,400 organisations (which include national, regional and local governments, research institutions, NGOs, trade unions, business federations and private firms).
Examples have included a Luxembourg water treatment plant located on the Belgian side of the border and cross-border commuter rail improvements.
These Interreg projects had a cumulative budget of €193m, including €81 in EU cohesion funds.
Claude Turmes, Luxembourg’s energy and regional planning minister (Green party), said: “In areas where a country does not have a lot of experience, the Interreg programme makes it possible to take great steps forward thanks to the contribution of external expertise.”