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This cross-border territory, around the northern part of the Upper Rhine, is limited to the east by the Black Forest and to the west by Northern Vosges and the Palatinate Forest. It encompasses North Alsace, South Palatinate and Mittlerer Oberrhein (see map).

What are the priorities of the region?

The population (1.6 million inhabitants) and economic activities are unevenly distributed over the 6,000 km2 of the Pamina area.

This is reflected in the job distribution situation. Some 16,000 frontier workers from North Alsace cross the Lauter and the Rhine and many inhabitants of South Palatinate have jobs on the other side of the Rhine.

The three territories and fifteen local authorities that make up the Pamina region form a local cross-border cooperation grouping. This cooperation covers many areas of common interest, such as the economy, social affairs and tourism, land-use planning, transport, environment, sports, culture and youth affairs.

What contribution does EU regional policy make?

With a budget of more than 14 million euros, the INTERREG IIIA PAMINA community programme financed some 70 cross-border projects in the PAMINA space between 2000 and 2008.

The PAMINA21 project is a fund for microprojects within the framework of the INTERREGIV – Upper Rhine programme. The aim of the PAMINA21 programme is to subsidise local-scale cross-border projects primarily intended to support cross-border events for the region's inhabitants (sporting, cultural, tourism, educational, etc.). The subsidisation rate is set at 50% of micro project costs. The REGIO PAMINA EURODISTRICT has an annual budget of €200,000.

Examples of projects

  • Cross-border water treatment plant: With a total budget of 2.9 million euros, work has just started on the construction of a new water treatment plant in Wissembourg. Benefits of this project will include rationalisation of space, reduction of nuisance to riverside residents, absorption of pollution generated during harvest periods, technical improvements and incorporation of the recommendations on the Natura 2000 site.
  • Former customs building in Lauterbourg: The former customs building in Lauterbourg has been transformed into a "skills hub" and "Cross-Border Cooperation Centre" thanks to support from the INTERREG IV programme. This has made it possible to bring together all cross-border projects under one roof and provide a meeting place for various actors (Popular University of PAMINA, PAMINA Developers Club, Femmes-Frauen PAMINA, Förderverein PAMINA, etc.).
  • The Lavender Line: The train stations and stops between Wissembourg and Winden have been restored and refitted within the framework of this project. Various groups of volunteers (junior firefighters, schools, scouts, associations) from both France and Germany took part in the project. The reconstruction of station buildings, destroyed by vandalism, was another important element of the project.


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