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Trinational Metropolitan Region Upper Rhine Valley

The Trinational Metropolitan Region Upper Rhine Valley (TMO) was established with the goal of uniting previously independent political, economic and civil actors, in order to develop an effective cross border strategy by 2020. At the basis of the program lies the INTERREG V which enables projects as the financing of the planned lighthouses on the lake. The TMO is a great example for development that is not just based on a single level but includes different frontiers while respecting special constrictions. This type of multi-level governance and dynamic execution of plans is not a new structure, but rather a result of a coherent and sustainable cooperation. In reference to Subparagraph 4 it is important to note that it was tested whether the Upper Rhine Valley fulfilled all the requirements of a polycentral metropolitan region, also in regards to the state itself and towards their inhabitants (5,9 million).

  1. Central Political and Economic Function In the Upper Rhine Valley there is a high concentration of national and international entities. (i.e European parliament, European Court for Human Rights, as well as BVerfG, BGH, SWR, ARTE, International Bank for settlements etc.) along with numerous economic actors (GDPl 240 Billion €/year). Lastly many companies that exist on an international level are present in the region (Novartis, Roche, Mercedes, Peugeot, Siemens, Schaeffler, Herrenknecht etc.)  
  2. Innovation and Competition The Upper Rhine region is prominent for its social, cultural and technical development, with an exceptionally high number of Universities, institutions for higher education, study and career options (167 higher education programs) and lastly home to several Nobel Prize winners.  
  3. Gateway-Function The Upper Rhine Valley is a transport hub in that it includes international airports, the Rhine river serving as Europe’s most important inland waterway, high velocity trains ICE/TGV, highways, efficient cross-border transport, ten new bridges within the last 15 years, internet servers (gmx, 1&1, web.de are all based in Karlsruhe) and expositions.  
  4. Symbolism Through its historic, political, cultural and architectural prominence the Upper Rhine Valley is internationally recognized in relation to World Heritage Sites. Throughout history the area has been associated to humanists such as Erasmus von Rotterdam or printing pioneers as Gutenberg, making this region one of historical importance. In addition, today, there is a extensive network of ten large cities, libraries, concert halls, museums, cathedrals etc.
  5. In addition, in order to achieve the goals and successfully implement the strategy 2020 the region will use the TMO model, through political, economic and scientific expertise.