Thursday, 25 May 2023, Brussels, Flanders, Kingdom of Belgium: Premier Jan Jambon received Bavaria’s State Minister for European and International Affairs, Melanie Huml, at his official residence. Inter alia, they discussed the future cooperation between Flanders and Bavaria and the Leaders Meeting, which Premier Jambon is organising in April 2024 to promote exchange between the thirteen strong innovative regions, which includes Bavaria.
Jan Jambon stressed that he sees the upcoming EU presidency of Belgium (January-June 2024) as a platform to portray Flanders is a state-of-the-art region with an active EU policy. To this end, he is organising the Leaders Meeting, “Fit for the Future: Global Challenges and Regional Solutions” on 18 April 2024. At this meeting, thirteen strong innovative regions – including Bavaria, Catalonia, and North Rhine-Westphalia – will highlight their best practices and innovative ideas to increase resilience to future shocks. Thus, they will send a signal to the European Union that the main levers for tackling global challenges are in the hands of the regions, while reaching out to each other for further cooperation with a view to better EU policies.
Both dignitaries likewise discussed closer future cooperation between Flanders and Bavaria in robotics and automation, hydrogen economy, inland navigation, and MedTech.
Premier Jan Jambon previously reinforced his ‘Strategy for the North’ with a working visit to Bavaria in 2021, when he opened a Flemish Science & Technology Office in Munich.
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Flanders Chancellery & Foreign Office: https://www.fdfa.be/en/minister-president-jan-jambon-receives-bavarian-minister-melanie-huml