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State Agency for Cross Border Cooperation and European Affairs (SGZE)

Cooperation Area High Rhine

As a cross-border Institution, the High Rhine Commission (HRK) fosters German-Swiss cooperation on the High Rhine. It encompasses the area of the Rhine Valley between Lake Constance and Basel with the cantons of Aargau, Schaffhausen and Zurich as well as the districts of Lörrach an Waldshut. Partners of the HRK are the cantons Aargau and Schaffhausen, the state of Baden-Württemberg, the districts of Lörrach and Waldshut, the regional association Hochrhein-Bodensee and planning associations Fricktal Regio and Zurzibiet Regio. The Canton of Zurich participates as observer.

The HRK organises meetings and exchanges between politicians as well as between experts from a wide range of fields and promotes encounters between citizens thanks to its Kleinprojektefonds (Fund for small projets).

​INTERREG projects

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Electrification of the High Rhine Railway (Hochrheinstrecke)

The Basel-Erzingen-Schaffhausen railway line mostly lacks electrification. The aim is to close this gap on the High Rhine Railway Line in order to enable continuous electrical traffic across the D-CH border. The Planning phases 3 and 4 are to be implemented within the framework of this INTERREG project.

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Commuting in a climate-friendly way

In order to render cross-border commuting on the High Rhine more climate-friendly, alternative mobility concepts are being developed and tested as a part of this project. To this end, the Regierungspräsidium Freiburg is collaborating on this pilot project with three higher education institutions, two administrative districts, two cantons and one private company.

Foto: Start of the pilot project in July 2016.

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Guidance system for amphibians in the Wangental

The construction of a guidance system enables the migrating amphibians to overcome the barrier of the L 165 in the German-Swiss border area in the Wangental near Jestetten. This ensured the conservation status of the population and definitely improved the situation of their habitat there.