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where Northwest Europe meets
Where north western Europe meets
Lille Metropole is perfectly situated at the crossroad of Northwest Europe, between Brussels (35min by train), Paris (1h) and London (1h20) and within three to four hours from Amsterdam, Strasbourg or Frankfurt. This ideal position, at the heart of a rich and densely populated (80 M people) basin is a huge economical asset for Lille Metropole.
A cross-border eurometropolis
It is also sharing 86 km of border with its Belgian neighbour, making it an essential partner as evidenced by the Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropole, one of the first and largest EGTC (European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation) in Europe with 2 millions inhabitants.
A large urban and rural metropole
Lille Metropole encompasses 95 municipalities and 1.2 million inhabitants in a territory that is both rural and urban, made up of cities like Lille (230,000 inhabitants), Roubaix and Tourcoing (100,000 each) and smaller towns and villages. Due to this broad diversity of territories, the metropolitan authority is confronted with a variety of challenges regarding urban development, use of land and environmental protection, employment and social inclusion, housing, mobility, food or culture.
centre in France
ranking among the 10 best in France
under 25 years old
A strong and plural identity
Lille Metropole is an area that is both urban and rural where nature and agriculture mix with industry and high tech, where art and architecture mix with digitalization, where culture reaches all neighborhoods. It is a very dynamic hub, home to many science and technology parks such as Eurasanté, one of the major hospital and health research centres in Europe. Moreover, its economy rests upon historical and innovative business sectors whose built heritage legacy now houses successful incubators for startups like Euratechnologies. The designation of Lille Metropole as World Design Capital 2020 is another proof of the territory's capacity to reinvent itself by using design and creative methodologies to drive its economic, social, environmental and urban development.
A vibrant and young city
With one of the youngest population in France, Lille Metropole is also endowed with some of the best universities and engineering and business colleges counting more than 110,000 students. Therefore, the wide cultural offering, the museums and their prestigious collections, the exceptional sporting events and the numerous innovative hubs keep reinforcing the urban region's attractivity. Lille Metropole provides Europe with the best assets it has to offer and moves each day forward to lead to future benefits for its companies and inhabitants.
Lille Metropole & the European Union
Lille Metropole has been strongly committed in the European project for many years.
Its designation as the European Capital of Culture for 2004 triggered off a new cultural, economic and social momentum enhancing its long industrial transition.
A solid cross-border cooperation with its Belgium neighbours, embodied since 2009 by Lille / Kortrijk / Tournai Eurometropole, the management of a large ERDF funded ITI (integrated territorial investment), or its partnership in different European projects (Civitas, Interreg, Erasmus +, UIA, ...) are strong signals of its European commitment, which was reinforced in 2017 with the creation of its Brussels based EU Office.
Lille Metropole European territorial Cooperation
Lille Metropole has always been deeply involved in the European project and has always been keen on cooperating with the European institutions as well as with other European cities and regions.
Moreover, Lille Metropole European commitment has been greatly enhanced in 2017 with the creation of its permanent delegation in Brussels which represents Lille Metropole interests to the European Union and broaden Lille Metropole European influence and cooperation possibilities.
Lille Metropole EU Office
Since 2017, Lille Metropole EU Office has been connecting Lille Metropole administration, municipalities and local partners with the EU Institutions, and the whole Brussels EU bubble: city networks, thematic EU representations, European cities and regions EU offices.
31/03/202315th edition of the International Forum about Cybersecurity (FIC)5 to 7 April, Lille Grand Palais will host the 15th International Forum for Cybersecurity (FIC). Discover a glimpse of the program in this article.
23/03/2023Spotlights for Lille Metropole !Lille Metropole has been promoted “member in the spotlight” by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) for March 2023.
23/03/2023European metropolitan representations meeting in BrusselsOn 8 March, Lille Metropole EU Office had the pleasure to host 15 other European metropoles represented in Brussels around a networking event
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25/11/2022Eurocities culture Forum 2022 hosted by the City of Lille and Lille MetropoleFrom 28 to 30 September, the City of Lille and Lille Metropole were pleased to host the Eurocities Culture Forum on the theme "Sustainable and Resilient Culture".
10/07/20222022 European Sport Forum in Lille Metropole!The European Sport Forum took place on June 16 and 17, 2022. Several hundred people from all over the European Union gathered in Lille Metropole.
11/05/2022Discover We Are Europe – The Game, the Jury’s Favourite Prize of the Challenge !The game may be used as a training support for European culture and communication. This educational board game was awarded the “coup de cœur” prize.
11/05/2022Discover MELbility, the winning team of Lille Metropole’s Challenge: Put Europe in Your Projects!MELbility led lobbying activities to make electric vehicle recharging infrastructures more accessible for people with disabilities. They worked with European parking and accessibility stakeholders and
11/05/2022Presentation of Lille Metropole’s Challenge: Put Europe in Your Projects!In relation to the conference on the future of Europe and the French Presidency of the EU, Lille Metropole launched an internal challenge to promote Europe where each public officer could participate.
11/05/2022Plume Mobilité: a French booming start-up based in Lille MetropoleBy combining safety and sustainability, Plume Allure is part of the renewal of travel modes. For this reason, the company was financially supported by Lille Metropole up to 110 000 €.
11/05/2022HYLEOS: a project for the future based on green hydrogenLille Metropole decided in February 2022 to develop infrastructures dedicated to the production and distribution of renewable hydrogen
11/05/2022The Transport Infrastructure Master Plan (SDIT): a planning tool designed for the citizensAdopted in June 2019, this plan aims to improve the quality of life of metropolitan residents by creating fast, efficient and regular public transport links.