The following organisations are involved with this conference:

VNG International

International Cooperation Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG)
Committed to strengthening democratic local government worldwide, VNG International supports decentralisation processes and facilitates decentralised cooperation, mainly in the form of capacity building for local governments, their associations, training institutes and decentralisation task forces.

Province of Limburg

Limburg is both a Dutch province and a European region with a highly distinct character. The social and economic trends which affected the province in recent decades generated a process of change and renewal which has enabled Limburg to transform the drawbacks of its national peripheral location into advantages inherent in its European settings.
Today, Limburg is a European province par excellence and is the metaphorical hand which the Netherlands extends towards Europe.

Municipality of Maastricht

Throughout its long and rich history, the city has always had a very European character. Maastricht is the city where in 1992 the European Union and the European currency were both born. The city is, quite understandably, very proud of having hosted the signing of the Treaty of Maastricht. Maastricht aims to continue its European role in the future and further strengthen its European profile. The Maastricht Europe programme makes an important contribution in this regard by working together with other players to organise international symposia, conferences and other events. In addition, it is also important that the account management activities for international institutes and institutions are carried out even more professionally and, where necessary, more energetically.

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

At Home All Over the World. Every hour of every day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs promotes the interests of the Kingdom abroad. The Ministry coordinates and carries out Dutch foreign policy at its headquarters in The Hague and through its missions abroad. It is likewise the channel through which the Dutch Government communicates with foreign governments and international organisations. 

The ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK)

BZK is one of the thirteen ministries of Dutch central government. The minister, State Secretary and almost 3,000 civil servants formulate policy, prepare legislation and regulations, and are also responsible for coordination, supervision and policy implementation. 

Council of Europe

Founded in 1949, the Council of Europe seeks to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals. 



The Association of Netherlands Municipalities
As the principal representative of all Dutch municipalities, VNG promotes and discusses the associations' interests with the central government, Parliament, the European institutions and other public organisations. Vice versa, these institutions consult with the association frequently. Furthermore, VNG represents the interests of its members in negotiations on collective labour agreements with unions of local government personnel.