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The province of Gelderland lies in the east of the centre of the Netherlands. In terms of area (5,137 km2) it is the largest of the twelve provinces of the Netherlands. Gelderland’s 51 municipalities are home to 2 million inhabitants. The region has a varied landscape with forests, large rivers and rural areas. You will also find modern urban hubs such as Arnhem, Nijmegen and Wageningen with international secondary schools and universities supporting the knowledge-based economy. The province of Gelderland occupies a strategic location. Bordering Germany and the European hinterland, the province acts as an important portal for the Randstad (the conurbation encompassing the cities of Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht), Schiphol Airport and the Port of Rotterdam. Just like the other Dutch provinces, the province of Gelderland has its own administration. The provincial government has its seat at Arnhem, which is also the capital of the province. From there the province carries out its core duties and in doing so occupies an intermediate position between national government and local municipalities. The province coordinates, monitors and makes decisions on matters such as traffic and transport, urban and country planning and the environment. This mid-level position makes the province especially suited to making assessments from a broader perspective, which are nonetheless geared towards its own municipalities and region. Due to the fact that as a relatively small region Gelderland itself does not have much clout within Europe, it seeks partnerships with other regions through membership of European networks like the Association of European Regions, the Association of European Border Regions and Partenalia. Through the GO programme in conjunction with the province of Overijssel, Gelderland is investing 164 million euros of European money in the regional economy between 2007 and 2013. Gelderland is active in Europe and Europe is active in Gelderland.
Our mission EIPA was created in 1981 on the occasion of the first European Council held in Maastricht, and is supported by the EU Member States and the European Commission. Our core mission is to provide high quality training courses to develop the capacities of professionals, national and regional public administrations dealing with EU affairs, as well as the European Institutions. We offer long-standing expertise combined with problem- and practice-based teaching modules. We have been awarded four times the Framework Contract and offer and host many contract activities. At EIPA you benefit from our close ties with the European Commission, EU institutions and the different Member States. Training Centres We offer a broad range of high-quality training courses, from seminars to e-learning and tailor-made courses. Our training courses take place in our headquarters in Maastricht, an important hub of European dialogue, or in our training centre in Luxembourg. Do you want to change the date, location or programme of a course? Request a tailor-made course to meet the needs of your organisation or institute. What sets us apart? The variety of our training courses are perfect to integrate into the demanding schedules of busy professionals. They are designed to help you find your way through EU processes and policies, whilst strengthening your capacity to perform effectively in this area. Moreover, they take place in a European environment. You benefit directly from the views and best practices from participants from a wide variety of countries and sectors: a great opportunity to network!