For the Social and Economic Council (SEC) of the Dutch province of Overijssel I organized a visit to the German state of NRW. An intensive two day “study trip” in order to learn from the neighbours. The SEC visited Neuss- Düsseldorf harbour, the trade union DGB and the Energy cluster NRW. Many types of common socio-economic challenges were discussed.
The possibility of cross-border cooperation was the central theme during the visit to the State Chancellery (the office of the Prime minister, “Staatskanzlei”) and the Dutch consulate general. For the SEC Overijssel, with participants from industry, trade unions and governments, this was a successful visit with plenty of learning moments and time for an exchange of ideas.