TO MOVE BORDERS

  • Business without borders on the Europark: the best of two countries.
  • Which border barriers still exist and how will they be solved?
  • The Dutch-German “Declaration of Aken”: to promote cross border business!
  • Interreg-subsidy for the Europark as pilot of the EU
  • The Joint Industrial Council for the Europark Coevorden-Emlichheim
  • Vademecum “Bi-national business contacts in the Eems-Dollard Region”
  • Border information centre for private persons and companies
  • Settle custom formalities online
  • Contact custom office


    Business without borders
    Those who pass the Dutch-German border in front of the office of the Europark Coevorden-Emlichheim GmbH, notice nothing anymore of the barrier the border used to be. Only a sign indicates one is entering another country. More striking is the big project sign along the Bundesstrasse 403, indicating the realization, supported by the EU, of a cross border business park of 350 hectares; the Europark.
    Progress is made, according to the industrial complexes and the building activities further down in the landscape. These entrepreneurs consider this location on the border a chance, rather than a threat. The logistic possibilities, the space and the prices speak, as to this, for themselves. They offer new possibilities for expansion; the entrepreneur can move his borders into Europe! Nevertheless there is still a rudiment of the old country border, by which administrative and legal bother can arise for cross border enterprises. Think about the differences in taxes, insurances, legally prescribed licenses and so on. As far as these matters are impediments for enterprising on the Europark, the Europark GmbH wants to delete them. The border must be an advantage instead of a disadvantage. The Europark wants to offer the entrepreneur the best of both countries. A group of expert jurists is in charge of solving these border-related problems.
    The Dutch and German governments, on request of the Europark GmbH, found this Joint Industrial Council. Their task is to advice both governments and both municipalities about the way to preventively solve border-related problems in the entrepreneurs’ best interest and to guide these entrepreneurs in solving these problems in a practically way.

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    Which border barriers still exist and how will they be solved?
    Marking out the cross border opening-up road on the Europark, the Dutch and German surveyors noticed a difference between their measuring methods. Being a big country Germany takes into account the curve of the earth, the Netherlands, being a smaller country does not. This caused connection problems -a lot of meters- by extending cables, pipes, roads and so on. This is an example of a barrier due to the border. In this case the problems could be solved in a practical and rather simple way. This is not possible for every problem. Problems to be solved by the Joint Industrial Council of the Europark, so that cross border enterprising is not detrimental to companies but just profitably. By example, an advantage can be that a company can choose between a German or Dutch variant. In some cases it is favorably to have the supplies or regulations of both countries, by example for telephone- and data communication and power supply.
    Some more examples of problems to be solved while cross border enterprising:

  • building- and environment permits
  • accident insurance of employees
  • the permitted axle pressure for lorries
  • supply and discharge of animal proteins
  • abstraction of groundwater
  • discharge of business waste
  • safety regulations
  • investment subsidies
  • legal status regulations

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    Declaration of Aken
    On 7th December 2000 the governments of the Netherlands, Germany and the federal states Lower Saxony and North-Rhine-Westphalia signed a protocol in Aken. In this so-called Declaration of Aken they promise to promote the development of cross boarder business parks and to obviate impediments for cross boarder enterprising. They also promised to create a number of consultative councils and that juridical and administrative measures will be taken. From this the so-called Paritaire Raad (Joint Industrial Council) for Europark Coevorden-Emlichheim was found. This council helps entrepreneurs to solve practical problems and advises the governments about adjustment of treaties for the benefit of cross border enterprising. By the set up of the council members of both governments indicated that the Europark Coevorden-Emlichheim has to be considered as a pilot-project for tuning rules and procedures. Both governments will give their full support to break through the border barriers.

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    Interreg-subsidy from the EU
    The idea of Europe without borders is put in practice with the Europark Coevorden-Emlichheim. This project is therefore financially supported by the European Union. For this a so-called Interreg-Subsidyprogram is available. Currently the Interreg-Program IIIA is applicable. The subsidy regulation holds good for cross boarder measures, supplies and infrastructure. The Eems-Dollard Region coordinates the subsidy requests.

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    Paritaire Raad Europark (Joint Industrial Council Europark)
    This council consists of as follows:

  • H.W. Schwarz, District County Bentheim
  • U. Rottmann, District Government Weser - Ems
  • J. Beerlink, Municipality of Emlichheim
  • H. Caspers, Province of Drenthe
  • J. Buurman, Municipality of Coevorden
  • H. Meijer, Municipality of Coevorden

    Contact and secretarial support:
    Mrs. M. Grootjans, City of Coevorden
    PO Box 2, NL - 7740 AA Coevorden
    Tel: 0031 524 598598

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    Vademecum bi-national trade contacts
    The EU-Referat Kreishandwerkschaft Lingen has published a vademecum for trade contacts between Germany and The Netherlands. This book provides information about all sorts of social, legal, fiscal and cultural difference between both countries. A practical reference book for entrepreneurs doing or planning to do cross-border business. The project is financed by the EU (Interreg III) and SNN (economy and infrastructural development North-Netherlands). The book is amongst others available at the publisher (Tel: 0049 591 973 020, email: info@lingener-handwerk.de) and the EDR (Tel: 0031 597 521 818, email: edr@edr.org).

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    Border information point for private persons and businesses
    More and more businesses and private persons in the Coevorden-Emlichheim region are consulting the so-called Grensinformatiepunt (border information point). This information point from four Dutch ministries and the Tax office provides information by phone and website about various cross-border matters on the field of work and enterprise, from (social) security and taxes up to pensions and unemployment. Tel: 0031 800 0220 145.
    Website www.grensinfopunt.nl

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    Online service custom formalities
    The German customs clearance on the Europark participates in an extensive, national computerization project, called ATLAS. With this, border formalities can be handled faster en easier, with considerable more efficiency for the entrepreneur and/or transporter who wants to transport goods across the border. From his own office he can fill in the forms required via a computer network. More information on www.zoll.de

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    Contact custom:

    Dutch customs:
    Eendrachtstraat 8, Coevorden (also head office customs Drenthe)
    Tel: 0031 524 596 400
    Fax: 0031 524 516 526
    The station in Coevorden has bonded warehouse facilities

    German Custom:
    Eschebruegge, Coevordener Strasse 35, Laar
    Tel: 0049 5947 268
    Fax: 0049 5947 585
    Head Office: Osnabrueck, Tel: 0049 541 506 60, Fax: 0049 541 506 6111

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