, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 307-320,
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Date: 18 Nov 2010

Cross-Border cooperation in the Rhine-Meuse region: Aachen (D) and Heerlen (NLs)


This article considers the role of land in (regional) development and the financing of such development. Specifically the article reflects on the application of legal provisions relating to the use of land and development, including considering how fiscal instruments can be used to promote economic development in a cross-border legal entity. The article concludes with recommendations as to how cross-border economic development can be improved. The article takes as its starting point the intention of the regions of Parkstad Limburg (NLs) and Aachen (GER) to establish a European Grouping for Territorial Cooperation (EGTC), with a view to promoting cross-border economic and spatial development.

A draft of this paper was presented at the seminar in honour of the 90th birthday of Reginald Hansen in Zeulenroda (Germany) on 16 November 2009.
An erratum to this article can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10657-012-9326-3.