International cooperation

International cooperation

Our knowledge for roads, waterways and water systems does not come to us on its own. Internationally, we co-operate with sister organisations, universities and a large number of international authorities and government agencies. Rijkswaterstaat takes part in several European research programmes.

International projects outside EU

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the US Department of Transportation in the 1970’s. Ever since we have cooperated with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on several matters in the field of water systems, flood management, traffic management/Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). The same goes for China on traffic management, water systems, inland navigation and Japan on ITS.

Office for European Programmes

The Office for European Programmes is a centre of expertise for European programmes established by Rijkswaterstaat in 2013. Its mission is to stimulate, facilitate, and manage the cooperation with our European and other international partners in relation to research and innovation projects. 

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