IURC China is one of the key components of IURC's global cooperation projects with key partner countries. The project is funded by the European Union's Partnership Instrument (PI). This programme represents a second phase of the International Urban Cooperation programme (IUC) which ran from 2016-2020. In order to promote innovation through<br />
inter-regional cooperation between the EU and its partners, the name has been changed to International Urban and Regional Cooperation (IURC).<br />
“Responsibility as a goal, friendship as a means”. That is how Mr. Wim van de Donk, King’s Commissioner for the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant characterised their partnership with the Chinese province of Jiangsu. It also applies to the partnership between the Dutch city of Oss and the city of Taizhou (in Jiangsu province). I was part of the delegation of Oss, which in turn was part of a Noord-Brabant delegation that visited Jiangsu from 28 October - 1 November to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Jiangsu – Noord-Brabant partnership. It was a fascinating visit.