The European University Alliances are beacons of European cooperation. They build bridges between regions and consolidate excellence and knowledge. Germany's Presidency of the Council of the EU will submit Council Conclusions regarding the European University Alliances, including proposals to ambitiously develop the alliances further. The three missions of universities – teaching, research and transfer of knowledge to society and industry – enable universities to establish cross-sectoral links and exchange across the whole of Europe. They are also the hubs of regional ecosystems and, as such, can act as catalysts to transfer the strength of the alliances to the regions.