On Friday, December 1st, 2017, IRCAD had the privilege of welcoming Gérard Collomb, French State Minister and Minister of Home Affairs, during the “Conférence des métropoles”, which brought together representatives of France’s largest cities in the Charles Lindbergh Auditorium at IRCAD.
Ninety-six presidents of French metropolises and of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) took an active part in this event, which was held for the 50th Anniversary of the Strasbourg Eurométropole. Robert Herrmann, President of Strasbourg Eurometropole, Roland Ries, Mayor of Strasbourg and Catherine Trautmann, Former Minister and vice President of Strasbourg Eurometropole hosted the delegation.
In his speech, Professor Marescaux retraced the IRCAD’s success story, with the bringing together of institutional partners, such as local authorities, of industries, hospitals and universities, in order to sustain its development worldwide.
Mr. Gérard Collomb, for his part, recalled the necessity to stimulate local investments and to provide metropolises the means to play their full role as European competitors, while building up regional driving forces.