CECICN (2010-2015)

A Network of urban and territorial approach

Set up in April 2010, the CECICN, Conference of European Cross-border and Interregional City Networks, has gathered until 2015 eight cross-border and interregional city networks, representing more than 500 cities in Europe, situated both at internal and external borders of the European Union.

The members:

MOT (Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière)
MedCities (Mediterranean network of coastal cities)
FAIC (Forum of Adriatic and Ionian Cities)
UBC (Union of Baltic Cities)
CAAC (Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities)
CESCI (Central European service for cross-border initiatives)
CoDCR (Council of Danube Cities and Regions)
CTA (City Twins Association) (observer)

The objectives:

In the political context of the programming period 2014-2020, the objectives of CECICN, following a "bottom up" approach, are the following:
- to represent the interests of its members, especially in terms of cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation involving cities
- to place European Territorial Cooperation at the heart of European politics in the new programming period 2014/2020 and the Europe 2020 Strategy
- to exchange best practices among the different members of the network.

Publications and contributions OF the CECICN:

Passed actions:

  • First congress on smart cooperation:
    "Territorial Cooperation fostering European integration: Cities and Regions linking across borders", 25 and 26 June 2012 in A Coruña, Spain. Nearly 400 participants participated in the first Congress on smart cooperation organised by the CECICN. The objectif of the Congress was to place the European territorial cooperation at the heart of the debate on the EU 2020 strategy, the revival of single market and cohesion policy.
    Conclusions of the congress
    Further information

CECICN European Congress, 25-26 June 2012 in A Coruña, Spain

  • Workshop during the OPEN DAYS 2013 :
    "Territorial cooperation and single market: how to create tangible added value for citizens in cross-border territories and interregional networks"
    Report of the workshop

    Further information
  • Regular exchanges with the European institutions and actors at European level in order to put European territorial cooperation at the heart of European politics: European Commission DG REGIO/DG MARKT, Committee of the Regions, European Parliament, etc.

  • Following the meeting with the European Commission in 2012, the CECICN has worked in collaboration with DG REGIO on the Small project funds, the integrated territorial investments (ITI) and the joint action plans (JAP), and with DG MARKT on different topics in link with the single market and the European year of citizens (economic development, employment-training, energy, transports) (see publications of the CECICN above).