The Euro-Institute - Institute for cross-border cooperation

The Euro-Institut is a Franco-German organization which was created in 1993. It aims primarily at improving cross-border cooperation through training and consulting with regard to public policy.

As a neutral platform, we help to develop cross-border response despite differences between legal and administrative systems, cultural or methodological backgrounds, etc. Together with stakeholders, we are developing tools and methods which are specifically adapted and thus contribute to the building of capacities of actors working on a cross-border level.

We offer a service that meets the actors’ expectations. Therefore we perform short training courses, we coach teams through their cross-border projects, we organize study visits or civil servant exchanges: Our range is very wide and is constantly adapted to the needs expressed by our customers.

The expertise and know-how that we have acquired in the Upper Rhine area allows us to work on transferable products that can be used in other European border regions.

Our Institute is located at Kehl near Strasbourg in the european Region of the Upper Rhine. As the Euro-Institut is a french-german structure, our team is binational, bilingual and bicultural. Our complete Website is available only in German and French but you will find below an overview of our structure and activities in English. Don’t hesitate to contact us for further information.

  • To improve cross-border cooperation through continuing education and consulting with regard to public policy
  • To contribute to the resolution of problems resulting from different politico-administrative systems and bases
  • To develop tools and methods which can be used by other cross-border territories in Europe
  • Public service from France, Germany, Switzerland and other European countries
  • Actors of the cross-border cooperation from the para-public and private sector

Dissemination through:

  • Annual training programme
  • Training sessions on request
  • Conferences and publications


Examples of specific actions:

  • Support to cross-border projects (for example Eurodistricts)
  • Work for the Trinational Metropolitain Region of the Upper Rhine (EU green paper)
  • Exchange of civil servants
  • Langage courses
  • Need-analysis for target groups and cross-border territories
  • Enabling organisations with different backgrounds to work together – intercultural management
  • Developing specific methods and instruments for training on cross-border issues
  • Participating in relevant networks (Europa, MOT, PEAP, Competence center, Council of Europe, ENTO, University of administrative sciences Speyer, etc…)
  • Coordinating the TEIN (Transfrontier Euro-Institut Network)
  • Capitalization and dissemination of know-how and best-practice solutions in Europe (Intercultural guide for the animation of cross-border meetings…)
  • Providing technical assistance to other cross-border territories in Europe

German partners

  • Federal State of Baden-Württemberg
  • Cities of Kehl, Achern, Lahr, Oberkirch, Freiburg and Offenburg
  • Ortenau District
  • University of Applied Sciences, Kehl

French partners

  • French State
  • Region Grand Est
  • Departement Lower Rhine
  • City of Strasbourg
  • University of Strasbourg (non-financing member)
  • From 1993 to 2003: Economic Interest European Grouping (E.I.E.G.)
  • Since 2004: Local Cross-border Cooperation grouping (G.L.C.T.) as defined by the Karlsruhe agreement
  • First G.L.C.T. based in Baden-Württemberg