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  • Editorial by Jacqueline Gourault, French Minister of Territorial Cohesion and Relations with Local Authorities

    FRANCE

    Editorial by Jacqueline Gourault, French Minister of Territorial Cohesion and Relations with Local Authorities

    December 2020

    Having for centuries been areas of expectations, fears and conflict, European borders are now the subject of a Forum. It is a fine symbol. In these difficult times, solutions can only come from our ability to make cross-border areas places of convergence, trust and partnership.

  • Incorporating the cross-border dimension into the “3D” bill: the MOT mobilises together with its network

    FRANCE

    Incorporating the cross-border dimension into the “3D” bill: the MOT mobilises together with its network

    December 2020

    Following on from the words of the Minister Jacqueline Gourault*, which give cross-border territories the role of “laboratories for the next stage of decentralisation”, serving as areas of experimentation at the forefront of territorial differentiation, the MOT wishes to elaborate with its network a joint position to incorporate the cross-border dimension into the 3D bill (Decentralisation, Differentiation and Deconcentration). This is due to be presented in the Council of Ministers in January 2021.

  • The first Borders Forum brought together over 700 participants online

    BORDERS FORUM

    The first Borders Forum brought together over 700 participants online

    December 2020

    The first Borders Forum was a great success, with over 700 participants online throughout two days of discussions, on 9-10 November 2020. The event was organised by the MOT, in partnership with the European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions.

  • CoR consultation on"The long-term future of cross-border cooperation"

    EUROPE

    CoR consultation on"The long-term future of cross-border cooperation"

    December 2020

    The aim is to capitalise on the experiences of cross-border regions. Cross-border citizens’ dialogues will be organised in collaboration with players involved in cooperation. On the basis of these, the CoR will adopt a resolution, which will form an official contribution to the Conference on the Future of Europe.

  • Join the European Cross-Border Citizens Alliance

    EUROPE

    Join the European Cross-Border Citizens Alliance

    December 2020

    Launched in 2020 on the initiative of the MOT, the AEBR and CESCI, the Alliance now has the political support of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR).

  • Opinion of the Grand Est Regional Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESER) on cross-border civil society

    TERRITORIES

    Opinion of the Grand Est Regional Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESER) on cross-border civil society

    December 2020

    At its plenary assembly in October, the Grand Est CESER adopted an opinion on cross-border civil society. The MOT had been formally heard as part of the preparation of this publication.

  • Territorial meetings of the MOT network

    MOT

    Territorial meetings of the MOT network

    December 2020

    In order to keep abreast of territorial realities and remain as close as possible to its members, the MOT has launched several initiatives: a technical committee, working groups and a Europe-wide event (the Borders Forum). It is currently preparing its 2021-23 programme, with the objective of better adapting to local, national and European needs, and fostering its “modularity”. It was in this context that it organised, in September and October 2020, nine “territorial meetings”.

  • MOT study on the cross-border occupational mobility of refugees and European residents

    MOT

    MOT study on the cross-border occupational mobility of refugees and European residents

    December 2020

    This study was undertaken within the framework of the legal component of the “AB Réfugiés” project, which is led by the province of West Flanders and funded by the Interreg France-Wallonie-Vlaanderen programme. In the light of the disparities in unemployment on either side of the Franco-Belgian border and the difficulties that can be involved in obtaining a residence or work permit, the study provides an analysis of the legal frameworks pertaining to these statuses and obstacles to mobility.

  • 1st Borders Forum - Press release, and recordings online
  • A dictionary of borders and cooperation

    PUBLICATION

    A dictionary of borders and cooperation

    October 2020

    The "Critical Dictionary of Borders, Cross-Border Cooperation and European Integration" has just been published: a major publication that contains 209 articles written by 124 authors from different countries and academic disciplines, accompanied by 66 original maps produced by the MOT.

  • "FOCUS", a new thematic brochure by the MOT :  "Les massifs aux frontières françaises"*

    PUBLICATION

    "FOCUS", a new thematic brochure by the MOT : "Les massifs aux frontières françaises"*

    October 2020

    Mountain areas represent over 40% of France’s borders. Among France’s mountain ranges, three of them are located in border regions: the Jura, the Pyrenees and the Alps. This new brochure sets out their common cross-border issues and challenges, while also highlighting concrete cross-border projects.

  • France-Italy: resilience and post-crisis(es) recovery at the heart of future cooperation initiatives

    TERRITORIES

    France-Italy: resilience and post-crisis(es) recovery at the heart of future cooperation initiatives

    October 2020

    On 17 September, the concluding webinar of the Europ’Act capitalisation project entitled “What prospects for Franco-Italian cross-border cooperation initiatives in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region?” brought together more than 150 people. Organised by the Sud Region and run by the MOT, it aimed to take stock of six years of cooperation initiatives and to outline the Interreg programme for 2021-2027.

  • European Cross-border Citizen's Alliance

    EUROPE

    European Cross-border Citizen's Alliance

    October 2020

    While the crisis initially provoked uncoordinated border measures, it also revealed interdependencies and gave rise to multiple forms of cooperation and cross-border solidarity, which now need to be organised and strengthened by European and national public policies that take full account of the specific nature of cross-border territories.

  • Cross-border territories in Europe – focus for the first day

    BORDERS FORUM

    Cross-border territories in Europe – focus for the first day

    October 2020

    The MOT is hosting the first Borders Forum on 9-10 November 2020, on line: two days in which to demonstrate the central role played by cross-border territories in Europe, to persuade both European and national authorities to place them at the heart of their public action and to bear witness to France’s ambitions on the European stage in this area. Close-up on the programme for the first day, with Europe as the overarching theme
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  • France’s borders – focus for the second day

    BORDERS FORUM

    France’s borders – focus for the second day

    October 2020

    Close-up on the second day devoted to cross-border territories along France’s borders. It will be opened by Jean Jouzel, climatologist and glaciologist and Member of the Academy of Sciences, with the aim of highlighting the diversity of these territories, going from from Dunkirk to Bayonne, by way of Nice, Geneva and Strasbourg, pointing out their specificities and discussing decentralisation, deconcentration and above all differentiation.

  • Interview with Annie Genevard, Vice-President of the Assemblée Nationale and MP for the Doubs Department

    BORDERS FORUM

    Interview with Annie Genevard, Vice-President of the Assemblée Nationale and MP for the Doubs Department

    October 2020

    Focus on mountain territories, a topic on the agenda of Round table #8 "Metropolises, mountains, rural areas: what kind of cross-border cohesion?" of the Borders Forum, on 10 november.

  • Cross-border territories at the time of the "Decentralisation, Differentiation and Deconcentration Act"

    BORDERS FORUM

    Cross-border territories at the time of the "Decentralisation, Differentiation and Deconcentration Act"

    October 2020

    To discuss these opportunities for the future of cross-border territories, join us for Round table#7 of the Borders Forum, on 10 November 2020: "Cross-border areas, differentiated areas?"

  • A preliminary assessment of Cross-Border Cooperation Strategies along France's borders

    PUBLICATION

    A preliminary assessment of Cross-Border Cooperation Strategies along France's borders

    October 2020

    Following the adoption of the first four Cross-Border Cooperation Strategies (Schémas de Coopération Transfrontalière – SCT) by the Nice, Strasbourg and Lille Metropolises, as well as by the Basque Country Conurbation Community, the MOT and its partners embarked on the drafting of a preliminary assessment of these initiatives that has resulted in a publication, co-written with each of these groupings of municipalities.

  • Contribution to the Leipzig Charter
  • National "Small Towns of Tomorrow" programme: the MOT assists small border towns

    FRANCE

    National "Small Towns of Tomorrow" programme: the MOT assists small border towns

    October 2020

    The national support programme for towns with fewer than 20,000 inhabitants and their groupings of municipalities was launched on 1 October by Jacqueline Gourault, the Minister for Territorial Cohesion, and Joël Giraud, Minister of State for Rural Affairs. The National Agency for Territorial Cohesion is in charge of setting it up and implementing it, in collaboration with the Banque des Territoires and its main national partners (the ANAH, Ademe, Cerema, etc.).

  • Switzerland will not be closed to cross-border residents

    TERRITORIES

    Switzerland will not be closed to cross-border residents

    September 2020

    The vote on mass immigration (27/09/2020) is defeated by 63%.

  • The MOT's documentary portal: latest publications online     
  • A special issue of the journal "Réalités industrielles" devoted to cross-border cooperation, with an article by the MOT

    PUBLICATION

    A special issue of the journal "Réalités industrielles" devoted to cross-border cooperation, with an article by the MOT

    September 2020

    “Les annales des Mines” has devoted a whole issue to the topic “Work and cooperation across borders”.

  • A cross-border hospital faced with the crisis

    BORDERS FORUM

    A cross-border hospital faced with the crisis

    September 2020

    At the “10 years of the EGTC Platform” (RT#3 of the Borders Forum), an emblematic example in Europe will be celebrated: the Cerdanya Cross-Border Hospital EGTC, with the participation of François Calvet, Senator for the Pyrénées-Orientales Department and President of its support committee.
At the height of the health crisis, this, the first cross-border hospital in Europe demonstrated the benefits and effectiveness of cross-border cooperation in the area of healthcare.

  • Three questions to Vincent Gross, Delegate General of the Lorraine Corridor European Metropolitan Pole