The Lieu d’Europe is a partnership project. Be it with the local and State authorities that have co-financed it, the associative network, the European institutions or even the neighbourhood which plays host to it, the Lieu d’Europe is the fruit of large-scale consultation.
A partnership concept
Creation of a “Lieu d’Europe” has been a project supported by civil society since the 1980’s for promoting the European ideal and the exceptional role played by Strasbourg in Europe’s institutional landscape.
Beginning in 2009 on the initiative of the city of Strasbourg, large-scale consultations on the project were carried out with European institutions, national and regional authorities as well as associations and inhabitants of the European neighbourhood. The project is a part of two successive 3-year “Strasbourg, European Capital” contracts, 2009-2011 and 2012-2014.
A concerted definition of program principles
The Lieu d’Europe is a facility managed directly by the City of Strasbourg. In order to maintain dialogue with the different potential players, a coordination committee meets regularly for proposing outlines for programs and high-spots during the year. It takes part in a shared assessment of the Lieu d’Europe.
The Lieu d’Europe’s financial partners
Renovation, extensions and transformation of the old Villa Kaysersguet to become the Lieu d’Europe benefited from co-financing by the State and local authorities.
Co-financing in the context of triennial contracts.
Being the seat of several large European institutions, Strasbourg also has to assume obligations and bear costs at levels normally associated with State capitals.
To face up to this situation, since 1980, the City and the Urban community have relied on the triennial contract system, which has continuously mobilized the State, the Region of Alsace, the Lower Rhine “Department” at their side for supporting and reinforcing Strasbourg’s European functions.
Well aware of the contribution made by Strasbourg’s European functions to France’s international renown and to the appeal of the Alsace region, in 2012, the State, the City and the Urban Community of Strasbourg, the Lower-Rhine “Department” and the Alsace region renewed and confirmed their commitments in favor of Strasbourg’s European role.
The 2012-2014 contracts pursue four objectives:
1. To improve the European parliamentary capital’s accessibility.
2. To develop Strasbourg’s standing in Europe.
3. To increase its vocation as a European city in the fields of education, higher education and research.
4. To increase Strasbourg’s cultural aura in Europe.
The total value of the 2012-2014 triennial contract amounts to 244 million Euros (315 U.S. dollars).
The Lieu d’Europe project has been included in two successive 3-year “Strasbourg, European Capital” contracts, 2009-2011 and 2012-2014.
By including the Euro-metropolis in the act of December 19th, 2013 for modernizing territorial public action and affirming metropolises, the State has guaranteed the permanency of these triennial contracts: “For providing the Strasbourg Euro-metropolis with the means of fulfilling its functions as the seat of European institutions, conferred in application of the European treaties and protocols ratified by France, the State has signed a specific contract with the city under the name of: “Triennial contract, Strasbourg, European capital” (Article 31).
Partners to the triennial contract:
European Institutions, partners to the Lieu d’Europe
Due their contribution to the permanent exhibition at the Lieu d’Europe and their regular and close collaboration in the activities programmed, European institutions are essential partners to the Lieu d’Europe.
The European Parliament
The European Parliament is your assembly! It must not be forgotten that it is the only European institution elected directly by citizens. It has its seat in Strasbourg.
The Council of Europe
The Council of Europe is the continent’s main organization for the defence of human rights. 28 of its 47 member states are also members of the European Union. The Council of Europe has its seat in Strasbourg.