The EU exerts considerable influence on important issues dealt with by the province, for example the environment. Beyond offering laws and regulations, Europe creates opportunities by, for instance, issuing relevant grants. Utrecht sees these as worth pursuing.
Europe provides solutions to a wide range of issues. Think, for example, of air quality. The province is in charge of monitoring air quality. It cannot do so alone, and European legislation and regulations offer the province a helping hand. Furthermore, the province regularly cooperates with comparable European regions for the purposes of transferring knowledge and promoting European interests.