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  • EURegionsWeek - MOT Workshop: "Breathing without borders: challenges to improve air quality in cross-border regions"

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    EURegionsWeek - MOT Workshop: "Breathing without borders: challenges to improve air quality in cross-border regions"

    September 2021

    The MOT is running a workshop "Breathing without borders: challenges to improve air quality in cross-border regions", on 13 October at 2.30 p.m, online. Don't forget to register!

  • Editorial by Pierre Vaufrey, President of the Doubs Urban Conurbation and Deputy Mayor of Morteau

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    Editorial by Pierre Vaufrey, President of the Doubs Urban Conurbation and Deputy Mayor of Morteau

    September 2021

    "The Doubs Urban Conurbation was set up in 2006. Initially an informal collaboration, it led to the creation of a local grouping of cross-border cooperation, the only one in the Franco-Swiss Jura Arc running between the Basel Trinational Eurodistrict and Greater Geneva. Today the LGCC comprises the Val de Morteau group of municipalities and the towns of Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle.

  • The Doubs Urban Conurbation hosts the MOT’s annual event

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    The Doubs Urban Conurbation hosts the MOT’s annual event

    September 2021

    The MOT’s general assembly is taking place this year in Morteau and La Chaux-de-Fonds on 21-22 September, at the invitation of the Doubs Urban Conurbation, a member of its network. Joël Giraud, Minister of State under the Minister for Territorial Cohesion, in charge of Rurality (France) and former Vice-President of the MOT, will speak at the end of the first day.

  • The Doubs Urban Conurbation: "We need to develop local cross-border cooperation"

    TERRITORIES

    The Doubs Urban Conurbation: "We need to develop local cross-border cooperation"

    September 2021

    Seven years after its creation, the LGCC* of the Doubs Urban Conurbation (Agglomération Urbaine du Doubs – AUD) has shown its effectiveness in helping local elected representatives to get to know one another better, which has enabled them to set out joint projects while at the same time speaking with one voice on behalf of the binational territory.

  • New report by the Commission: "EU border regions: living labs of European integration"

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    New report by the Commission: "EU border regions: living labs of European integration"

    September 2021

    This European Commission report, published on 13 July, looks at the lessons of the Covid crisis and the initiatives carried out since the publication of its 2017 Communication “Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions”.

  • Resolution of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR): "On a vision for Europe: the future of cross-border cooperation"

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    Resolution of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR): "On a vision for Europe: the future of cross-border cooperation"

    September 2021

    Adopted on 1 July, this resolution constitutes an official contribution from the CoR to the Conference on the Future of Europe. It sets out the concrete proposals of the CoR and the European Cross-Border Citizens’ Alliance (AEBR, MOT and CESCI) to put cross-border cooperation back at the top of the EU's policy agenda after a year disrupted by the pandemic.

  • Cross-border monitoring of the 3DS bill (France) by the MOT

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    Cross-border monitoring of the 3DS bill (France) by the MOT

    September 2021

    Following its adoption at its first reading in the Senate on 21 July 2021, the 3DS bill (standing for “differentiation, decentralisation, deconcentration and various measures to simplify local public action”) will be examined under a fast-track procedure in the Assemblée Nationale, in France, from the beginning of December. Taking on a number of the proposals put forward by the MOT, the senators adopted a series of amendments relating to cross-border issues.

  • Border crises: joint responses and imbalances

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    Border crises: joint responses and imbalances

    September 2021

    What have been the different forms of border crisis since the start of 2020? Alongside the joint initiatives to manage the crises, what are the obvious imbalances they have revealed? To answer these questions, the MOT is publishing a summary of one year of reflections by its “Territorial Solidarities” working group.

  • Meeting between the MOT's President and the Minister Clément Beaune

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    Meeting between the MOT's President and the Minister Clément Beaune

    September 2021

    The MOT’s President, Christian Dupessey, met the Minister Clément Beaune on 25 August to discuss the issues facing cross-border living areas and the MOT’s role in supporting them.

  • Conference on the Future of Europe: a network of local councillors

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    Conference on the Future of Europe: a network of local councillors

    September 2021

    In order to involve the greatest number of citizens in the Conference on the Future of Europe, the Committee of the Regions (CoR) has initiated the setting-up of a “European network of regional and local councillors for the EU”.

  • Special report of the European Court of Auditors on Interreg

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    Special report of the European Court of Auditors on Interreg

    September 2021

    In early July, the European Court of Auditors published a report on the implementation of Interreg programmes. It highlighted that “the programmes have clear strategies for addressing the challenges facing the cross-border regions”, but that they are “limited [in their ability] to unlock the potential of these regions”.

  • MOT partner in a global network for border studies

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    MOT partner in a global network for border studies

    September 2021

    Following on from the “Borders in Globalization” (BIG) project, this new network, “21st Century Borders: Emergent Challenges Among and Within States”, brings together nine intergovernmental and transnational organisations including the MOT, as well as leading universities (from 15 countries*). Led by researchers at the University of Victoria (Canada), it has just received funding of over $9 million.

  • Conference on "Cross-border rail connections" on 10-11 June

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    Conference on "Cross-border rail connections" on 10-11 June

    June 2021

    The MOT, in partnership with the PAMINA Eurodistrict and with the support of the European Committee of the Regions, held a high-level event on existing and missing cross-border rail links.

  • Cross-border players come together to relaunch cross-border cooperation

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    Cross-border players come together to relaunch cross-border cooperation

    July 2021

    Organised by the European Committee of the Regions in association with the other founding partners of the European Cross-Border Citizens Alliance (the MOT, AEBR and, CESCI), on 5 July the Conference on the Future of Cross-Border Cooperation brought together nearly 200 participants.

  • Adoption of 2021-2027 regulations

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    Adoption of 2021-2027 regulations

    July 2021

    On 23 June, the European Parliament adopted the five “cohesion policy” regulations including that on the Interreg programme.

  • Basel Trinational Eurodistrict - Involving inhabitants in thinking about the future of their trinational region

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    Basel Trinational Eurodistrict - Involving inhabitants in thinking about the future of their trinational region

    July 2021

    The health situation threw up a major challenge – that of providing a suitable format for citizens’ participation in the middle of a pandemic. In collaboration with the Euro-Institut and the MOT, the Basel Trinational Eurodistrict (ETB) developed a concept organised around a questionnaire and several virtual events. The aim was both to ensure broad participation from the population and to facilitate real exchanges between citizens from the three countries.

  • Editorial by Thomas Zeller, President of the Basel Trinational Eurodistrict, Vice-President of the Saint-Louis Conurbation and Mayor of Hegenheim

    TERRITORIES

    Editorial by Thomas Zeller, President of the Basel Trinational Eurodistrict, Vice-President of the Saint-Louis Conurbation and Mayor of Hegenheim

    July 2021

    The Basel trinational conurbation is a genuinely shared living area that is strongly interconnected. In designing our Strategy 2030, it seemed extremely important to us to set our goals in accordance with what matters to the region’s population.

  • Council Recommendation on the restriction of free movement and EC Communication on drawing lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic
  • MOT activity report: Review of a year marked by the health crisis

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    MOT activity report: Review of a year marked by the health crisis

    Juillet 2021

    The MOT has just published its activity report for 2020, a year marked by the closure of many borders, placing cross-border territories on “the front line” of the health crisis.

  • The interministerial "Future of mountains" plan unveiled

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    The interministerial "Future of mountains" plan unveiled

    June 2021

    On 27 May the French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, presented the interministerial “Future of mountains” plan. In an interview with the National Agency for Territorial Cohesion (ANCT), Joël Giraud, Minister of State for Rural Affairs, sets out the major components of this large-scale plan that will mobilise nearly €650 million.

  • Berlin Franco-German Declaration and implementation of the Aachen Treaty

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    Berlin Franco-German Declaration and implementation of the Aachen Treaty

    June 2021

    The latest Franco-German Council of Ministers, which met on 31 May 2021 alongside the meeting between Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel, took stock of the implementation of the Aachen Treaty and the substantial advances in Franco-German cooperation over the past few months. It was also an opportunity to launch new cooperation initiatives, notably in the areas of healthcare, culture and youth, as well as to prepare for the major upcoming international and European events.

  • Online survey - Franco-Belgian border: share your experience of the Covid-19 crisis

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    Online survey - Franco-Belgian border: share your experience of the Covid-19 crisis

    Juin 2021

    The health crisis put the inhabitants of border regions in an unprecedented position that placed a strain on all aspects of their daily lives. In this case, the daily lives of the inhabitants of the cross-border living area of the Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropolis were seriously disrupted. The concrete effects of these restrictions need to be analysed in greater depth to learn the lessons in order to act better in the future.

  • 4D bill: The MOT's proposals to strengthen the cross-border component

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    4D bill: The MOT's proposals to strengthen the cross-border component

    June 2021

    In anticipation of the reading of the 4D bill in Parliament, the MOT, on behalf of its network, has sent to the co-rapporteurs of the Senate’s Law Commission on this legislation proposed amendments aimed at strengthening its cross-border component.

  • ESPON survey: How digital are French cities and towns?

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    ESPON survey: How digital are French cities and towns?

    June 2021

    As part of the ESPON DIGISER project (Digital Innovation in Governance and Public Service Provision), the EPSON program is currently collecting data on the practices and the current state of digital innovation in European cities and regions. The program also wishes to obtain information on French towns and cities. The questionnaire is available until July 9, 2021.

  • A cross-border component in the ‘4D’ bill

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    A cross-border component in the ‘4D’ bill

    May 2021

    The “4D” bill was presented during the Council of Ministers’ session on 12 May. It will be subject to an accelerated parliamentary procedure, and its reading in the Senate is scheduled for July.