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Bureau Brussel - the Arnhem Nijmegen City Region

Arnhem Nijmegen City Region is situated at the heart of a vast metropolitan area in eastern Netherlands. The region is flanked by the Randstad conglomeration in the west, the Flemish Diamond to the south and the Ruhr to the east. The region has a total population of more than 750.000 inhabitants. The cities of Arnhem and Nijmegen are the focal points of the region, both in terms of inhabitants and economic activity.

Bureau Brussel, Arnhem Nijmegen City Region’s Brussels Office, represents and showcases the region's profile, interests and innovations in Brussels and Europe. Our mission is to be the missing link between the region and the European Union.

We do this within a triple helix structure and bring our stakeholders to Brussels and vice-versa. These stakeholders are therefore not limited to the 18 municipalities within the region but are also the many entrepreneurs and knowledge institutes the regions encompasses (e.g. within The Economic Board).


The EU office in Brussels has a brokerage role between the Arnhem Nijmegen City Region and Brussels/Europe. In order to effectively promote the Arnhem Nijmegen City Region and find partners for European projects, we focus our work on the following economic themes:

  • Health
    The Health & Technology cluster consists of a strong combination of Medicine and Medical Technology. With 50,000 direct jobs, the industry is the largest in the Arnhem Nijmegen region and is thereby an essential link in the regional, knowledge economy.
    Molecular Sciences is in the Radboud University in Nijmegen’s genes, with four renowned institutes led by recent Spinoza Prize winners. The application of the medical knowledge and technology (including Microelectronic Semiconcluster) has arisen from strong foundations in the field of nutrition (Food Valley) and sport and movement (St. Maartens Revalidation Clinic & NOC-NSF Papendal).
  • Smart Energy
    The Energy and Environmental Technology cluster is continually building on the traditionally strong position held by Arnhem in the field of electricity. KEMA, the network companies TenneT and Alliander and the trolleybus have carried this profile through history. The Arnhem Nijmegen City Region excells in sustainable mobility/clean propulsion technology (hydrogen, electrical), smart grids and solar energy.
  • Sustainable Mobility
    The Arnhem Nijmegen region is a hotspot for logistics and sustainable mobility solutions. The region is perfectly situated between the European hinterland and the Netherland’s two most important ports: Schiphol and the Rotterdam harbour.
    The region is increasingly developing activities and innovations in the field of (sustainable) emobility, e.g. through a Clean Mobility Center in the city of Arnhem.
    Moreover, cycling is one of the region's policy priorities. Because of its innovative solutions, the region has been selected to host the 2017 Velo-city Conference. Moreover, the city of Nijmegen has been awarded with the European Green Capital Award 2018.
  • Crossborder cooperation
    The Arnhem Nijmegen City Region is located next to the German border, which means crossborder cooperation is a second nature.

The Brussels Office for the Arnhem Nijmegen City Region

  • represents the Arnhem Nijmegen City region in Brussels;
  • enhances access for regional organisations and companies to European institutions and subsidies, in particular in the focus areas, as listed below;
  • establishes new and enhance current collaborations with cities and regions in the EU in order to exchange knowledge;
  • participates in existing (regional) EU-broad networks, in particular ERRIN, Polis en HyER;
  • offers a platform for different actors from the region in Brussels;
  • seeks to make the region as ‘Europe-proof’ as possible, together with all our partners, both within the region and in Brussels.

Get in touch

Bureau Brussel of the Arnhem Nijmegen City Region is active on Twitter: @BureauBrussel

Bureau Brussels' representatives in Brussels are Geert Ritsema and Arnout Smit.

  • Arnout Smit
    Advisor European Affairs
    Arnhem Nijmegen City Region
    3 Avenue Palmerston, 1000 Brussels
    +31 6 439 85 688