How it all began
In or around 2000, professionals in the field of preventative health care felt that young people and adolescents in the Meuse-Rhine Euregion (EMR) were consuming more alcohol and drugs than previously. This consumption was partly in neighbouring countries because young people were increasingly crossing borders during their free time. 18 organisations in the EMR decided to study and tackle this behaviour jointly.
From project to structural collaboration
This collaboration in the High-Risk Behaviour of Adolescents project, which started in 2001, forms the basis on which euPrevent was developed further. The original partners still collaborate on the Addiction programme.
The euregional network continued to grow, and to include other health topics. This resulted in two new projects starting in 2008 and 2009, which formed the basis for the Obesity and Infectious Diseases programmes.
The network’s explosive growth resulted in a need of a sustainable form of support. The euPrevent|EMR Foundation was created in 2010 and since 2015 the partners are also assisted by the euPrevent Support Office.