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Competences on an international level

Weltkugel unter der Lupe

The concept of Europe has shaped the identity and conscience of the inhabitants of the German-speaking Community to a considerable extent. People maintain numerous social, business and cultural contacts with neighbouring European regions; many communicate not only in their German mother tongue, but also in French and Dutch.

The German-speaking Community is integrated into cross-border and European structures.

  • It concludes contracts with European partner regions (e.g. South Tyrol) or partner states (e.g. the Republic of Hungary);
  • it ratifies European and international agreements affecting the Community's areas of competence (e.g. the European Constitution project);
  • it is a member of the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion, the Greater Region, the European Committee of the Regions, the CALRE, the EU Parliament and the BeNeLux;
  • it is politically represented in the EU.
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