Institutional cooperation

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First French region to develop a partnership with a US State (Pennsylvania)

17 million inhabitants: the Alps-Mediterranean Euroregion is the leading Euroregion in terms of population

20 years’ cooperation with the Municipality of Shanghai in China and the Region of Timbuktu in Mali

Rhône-Alpes cooperates with some 15 different regions worldwide.

The strength of an institutional framework

Rhône-Alpes is the French Region most involved in international cooperation. It has developed strong institutional ties in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa, which help to promote economic development and international solidarity.


Two French Regions - Rhône-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur - and three Italian regions - Piedmont, Aosta Valley and Liguria - have joined together to create the Alps-Mediterranean Euroregion, in order to strengthen the ties between their populations and promote their projects with respect to "institutional Europe". Since 2007, they have been based in the same building in Brussels so that they can work together and better coordinate their actions, especially in five key areas: tourism, mountain issues, environment and natural risks, transport and education.
For more than twenty years, the Rhône-Alpes Region has been an active member of the "Four Motors for Europe" group, along with Baden-Württemberg (Germany), Catalonia (Spain) and Lombardy (Italy). This ground-breaking partnership is in line with the determination to build a Europe that is closer to its citizens and to promote common economic sectors on distant markets. The Flanders (Belgium) Region and Wales are regularly included in the work done by the Regions in the "Four Motors for Europe".

The Canton of Geneva (Switzerland) is also one of the Rhône-Alpes Region's key partners, while in Central Europe, it works in partnership with the Region of Malopolska (Poland) and South Transdanubia (Hungary).


In 2004, Rhône-Alpes began work on a bilateral cooperation project with Pennsylvania, a State in North-East America, thereby becoming the first Region in France to establish real cooperative ties with an American State. Bilateral relations between Rhône-Alpes and Quebec dating back more than fifteen years help to foster economic, university and cultural exchanges as well as cooperation in the fields of training, research and technology. Rhône-Alpes also works in cooperation with the State of Parana, in the South of Brazil, especially on environmental and green energy issues.


Rhône-Alpes is associated with an influential partner in China; for more than twenty years, it has been working with Shanghai (China) to promote the economic development of Rhône-Alpes companies and develop university exchange schemes, as well as on the issues of sustainable development, environmental technologies and even transport. In India, the Rhône-Alpes Region is working in cooperation with the State of Karnataka and is the first French Region to have an economic office in New Delhi and in Bangalore.
In South East Asia, the Rhône-Alpes Region is working alongside the Vietnam provinces of Ho Chi Minh City and Dong Nai (town planning, health, education and vocational training, economic development, environment, etc.) and the Khammouane Province in Laos (medical cooperation, rural development, cooperation between universities and defence of the French language).


Rhône-Alpes has formed regional partnerships in a number of African countries, and relies on numerous Rhône-Alpes operators to drive shared development projects. In Mali, the Region is working with the Region of Timbuktu, in Senegal with the Regions of Saint-Louis and Matam, in Burkina Faso with the Hauts Bassins Region, and in Madagascar with the Province of Tamatave. To encourage relations between southern regions and the exchange of good practices, the Rhône-Alpes Region took the initiative and brought all of its partners together in a working group known as the CEPRAOM.

Mediterranean Basin Rhône-Alpes and the Moroccan Region of Rabat Salé Zemmour Zaer are working together on environmental and local economic development issues. Discussions with the Governorate of Monastir in Tunisia are centred around training, research, agriculture and sustainable development. The Region is also working in partnership with North Lebanon, in particular on the rehabilitation of water-related trades and how to make them more professional.