Tri-national Eurodistrict Basel (TEB)
The Tri-national Eurodistrict Basel (TEB) is the central cooperation body in the agglomeration of Basel. It was established as an association on the 27th of January 2007.
Although the tri-national Upper Rhine region is divided by political borders, it is increasingly becoming a unified, closely interlinked territory. Around 60,000 commuters in the agglomeration area cross the borders every day, large companies are setting up branches abroad in border-zone areas, and the population takes advantage of shopping and restaurant facilities in all three countries. This development requires greater cooperation between the local authorities and administrative districts of all three countries, which is why the Trinationale Eurodistrict Basel (TEB) was established in 2007 as a platform for discussing cross-border issues and developing appropriate projects. The region encompasses the cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft, Fricktal and the administrative districts of Thierstein and Dorneck in Switzerland, the district of Lörrach and the cities of Wehr and Bad Säckingen in Germany and the recently merged St. Louis agglomeration in France. TEB thus works on behalf of around 830,000 inhabitants.
A dynamic organisation
The association has 80 full members who are represented at the annual meeting, which decides on the general direction of the TEB. Eurodistrict is actually led by an executive committee with nine members provided by each of the three countries. Switzerland is represented by four members of the governments of the cantons of Basel-Stadt, Basel-Landschaft and Aargau, as well as local authority presidents from Riehen, Allschwil, Binningen, Rheinfelden and Dornach. The three nations take turns to hold the chair for two years at a time according to a specific, regular cycle. Until March 2019, the chair is held by the mayor of Binningen, Mike Keller. The third committee is the district council with 20 Swiss, 15 French and 15 German members who all hold a political office. The district council can put forward motions but has a purely advisory function. TEB does not have any political powers, but is an organisation constituted under French law. Nevertheless, the organisation works to exert the greatest possible influence via its members. The chair is currently held by Heinrich Ueberwasser, member of the Great Council of the Canton of Basel-Stadt.
Transport, regional planning and tri-national identity
Among the activities pursued by the TEB are the development of the harbour area between Huningue, Weil am Rhein and Basel-Stadt in the context of the 3Land project, support of tri-national public transport tariff cooperation under the triregio.info brand and the establishment of a tri-national information platform for mobility services. The IBA Basel 2020 exhibition represents another key focal point which is expected to provide fresh dynamics in the fields of urban development and construction culture. The TEB also promotes cross-border encounters by donating up to EUR 40’000 to small-scale Projects.