Metropolitan Region, Europe and International affairs
The European Office of the FrankfurtRheinMain Metropolitan Region
The European Union has turned its focus more on the metropolitan regions over the past few years as these regions will have to face social, economical and ecological challenges in the upcoming years. In taking position and participating in the political discourse of the regional development on an EU level the European Office will be able to represent the common interests of the FrankfurtRhineMain metropolitan region.
The European Office of the FrankfurtRheinMain Metropolitan Region is run by the city of Frankfurt and the Regional Authority. It consists of an agency located in the representation of the Land Hessen in Brussels and an office on the Regional Authority’s premises in Frankfurt. It is the gateway between the FrankfurtRhineMain metropolitan region, the Land Hessen and the EU-Institutions.
The tasks of the office are versatile and comprise a broad range of classical lobbying in Brussels, but also consist of acquiring EU funds, engaging in image-building, organising meetings and events, connecting European and regional actors in their work on EU affairs as well as trying to influence EU legislation.
According to the FrankfurtRheinMain metropolitan region Act, the Regional Authority is responsible for regional development. It thus has the task of coordinating this, and in some cases, of taking care of common regional responsibilities itself.
With the declaration on the FrankfurtRheinMain metropolitan region dated April 17th, 2015, the municipalities, districts, district-free cities, the states of Bavaria, Hesse, and Rheinland-Pfalz, representatives from business, associations, chambers, as well as culture, science, and society have determined the following responsibilities as significant on the regional and intermunicipal level:
- Economy and work
- Housing, housing construction, and housing environment
- Mobility, logistics, and traffic infrastructure
- Energy, water, and technical infrastructure
- Education and skilled labor
- Internationality, Europe, and welcoming culture
- Tourism, trade fairs, and hotels
- Culture, nature, and local recreation
- Sports and health
- Science, research, and development
- Demographic change
The Regional Authority supports regional companies, associations and networks which serve as carriers of regional responsibilities. The consortium of CEOs of the regional companies meets regularly. The Authority prepares joint regional projects and in individual cases assumes cofinancing, project management, and in many cases also implements the projects. One such example is the "Housing round table".
The office of "FrankfurtRheinMain – Association for the promotion of location development" (FRM e. V.) is located in the Authority building. The purpose of the Authority is to promote the location FrankfurtRheinMain, for instance by developing strategic guidelines. At the moment, the Project FRM 2030 is taking place together with the "FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH – International Marketing of the Region" and as preparation to a regional strategy discussion. Its goal is to take inventory in order to assess the responsibilities of the region in terms of its strengths and weaknesses as well as potential opportunities and risks.
As part of a continuous monitoring project, the Office for Data and Analysis publishes data on the labor market, public services, settlement structure, and housing and real estate market. In addition, it provides analyses and forecasts for the various planning responsibilities of the Authority.
You can find more information about work areas and current projects under the following links (German):