The State of Hessen combines unique European capacities as a financial, transportation, research and innovation location. As a strong state in the Federal Republic of Germany and a strong region in the European Union, Hessen actively participates in lawmaking at a European level. Through its participation in the Upper House of the German Parliament (Bundesrat), the European Conference of Ministers (ECM) and the Committee of the Regions (CoR) as well as its formal and informal contacts to European institutions. On several different levels – in Brussels, Wiesbaden and Berlin – the State government thus very successfully pursues European political projects.
The State of Hessen is/was involved in EU projects: ENDURANCE, CIVITAS PROSPERITY and e-smartec.