Four Motors for Europe


The Governance of the Four Motors is a rotating presidency, with a duration of about one year for each presidency. Catalonia has presided over the Four Motors from January 2015 to May 2016 before it was handed down to the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region. Summer 2017 will see the Baden-Württemberg Region take the lead of the Four Motors.
To ensure the good management of the Four Motors, a Coordination Committee gathers regularly (about 3 times a year) under the supervision of the presiding Region.
The daily activity of the Four Motors is ensured by the thematic working groups which may vary depending on the priorities of the presiding Region. In 2015, under the lead of Catalonia, there were 3 thematic working groups :
  • Economy / Innovation (under the lead of Catalonia)
  • Environnement (under the lead of Lombardy)
  • Culture (joint-management)

About 2016-2017, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes has suggested to create and lead two new working groups on “Labour mobility and professional training” and “Research and higher education”

The main objective of theses working groups is to foster more collaborative projects and to develop effective joint-applications to the European calls for proposals.

The governance of the Four Motors is flexible and each member has the possibility to develop bilateral relations with one of his partners on specific subjects, in particular within the EU framework. For instance, Baden-Württemberg took part in the ECREIN+ project, lead by the Rhône-Alpes Region and financed by the INTERREG IVC for the period 2010-2012. The two Regions were then able to engage in the development of regional policies for Eco-Innovation. Another example of bilateral relations is the one between Catalonia and Lombardy in the fields of design and health. They also take part together in the Vanguard Initiative by leading and collaborating on the « ESM-Efficient and Sustainable Manufacturing » project.

The collaboration is also flexible through the regular extension of its activities to the other actors of the network “Four Motors and Associated Regions”

For more information on the “Four Motors and Associated Regions” : link