International policy

Ghent's international priorities

The City of Ghent aims to strengthen its focus on internationalisation and further develop its international cooperation and solidarity.

The City of Ghent intends to position itself on the international stage, promote the interests of Ghent and its inhabitants in the international arena, inspire other cities, make the most of the opportunities offered internationally and to further increase the efficiency of its international partnerships.

International cooperation

For the 2019-2024 period, the focus will be on four international top priorities

  • 1. Ghent, Youth Capital in 2024

    Ghent will be European Youth Capital in 2024. We consider this title as a lever for a strong policy benefiting children and youngsters. Together with the departments and partners involved, we are investigating how we can join forces to achieve this ambition.

  • 2. Ghent, Capital of Culture 2030

    Ghent aims to be European Capital of Culture in 2030. We have a diverse range of cultural offerings that deserves recognition. Through our contacts in Flanders, Belgium and Europe, we are making joint efforts to obtain the necessary funds and knowledge that will eventually lead to the title.

  • 3. European technology capital 

    Ghent plays a pioneering role in the fields of health tech, digital economy, biotech and clean tech. We want to continue to focus on these spearhead sectors, now and in the future, enabling us to continuously innovate and diversify Ghent’s economy and create additional employment. In addition, Ghent is investing in innovation and innovative approaches.

  • 4. Ghent climate neutral by 2050

    Like the European Union, Ghent strives to become climate neutral by 2050. This ambition requires a city-wide approach, the coordinated development of means and a broad range of measures in various fields such as circular economy, energy, mobility, care, education, employment, innovation and culture. The European Union’s Green Deal helps us realise our ambitions.