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About Us

Overview

As of 1 January 2015, the Liverpool City Region Brussels Office is the new name for the Merseyside Brussels Office, which was set up in 1996. The Liverpool City Region Brussels Office represents Liverpool City Region (LCR) at the heart of the European Union. We provide a vital link between, on the one hand, local public, business and voluntary organisations and, on the other, and EU institutions and other European regions.

The office helps LCR to influence policy, access funds, build European partnerships and promote its good practice. The focus is on areas of joint EU-LCR interest including regional policy, transport, energy, the environment, education, culture, employment, social inclusion, justice, health, digital agenda, research, innovation, enterprise, maritime policy and tourism.

Brussels is where the major EU institutions are located and where most European regions and sectors are represented, so it is the ideal place for LCR to be making its voice heard. Much of the legislation that affects our region is formed in Brussels. There is also considerable EU funding available from Brussels that regions can compete for. The Brussels Office has a good relationship with the European institutions and is active in various networks of European regions.

Governance

The recent name change reflects other key changes to the office’s ways of working, notably: that core funding for the office is provided from the new LCR Combined Authority, and an ambition to mainstream the Brussels Office and EU developments generally into the new governance arrangements for LCR. Merseytravel is the responsible body for the Brussels Office and provides line management.

Membership

Core funding is provided by the LCR Combined Authority, which unites all the local authorities in Liverpool City Region as well as the Local Enterprise Partnership and Merseytravel. Other organisations may access the full range of Brussels Office services by paying a lower level subscription; details of the subscription rate and corresponding services are available on request.