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  • MOT Study on cross-border issues in mountain areas

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    MOT Study on cross-border issues in mountain areas

    April 2017

    At the request of the CGET,* the MOT has conducted a study on the cross-border issues in mountain areas, which cover nearly 42% of mainland France's borders.

  • The Committee of the Regions' annual monitoring report on EGTCs

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    The Committee of the Regions' annual monitoring report on EGTCs

    April 2017

    This publication looks at developments in EGTCs during 2016. Based on an updated overview and case studies, the report aims to highlight the EGTCs' main areas of action, their involvement in cohesion policy, and their achievements and the obstacles encountered.

  • Castle Talks and study day on the diplomacy of territorial authorities

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    Castle Talks and study day on the diplomacy of territorial authorities

    April 2017

    On 20-21 March 2017 in Strasbourg, Jean Peyrony, the MOT's Director-General, took part in the second edition of the " Castle Talks on Cross-Border Cooperation", a series of conferences organised notably by the University of Strasbourg and the Euro-Institut in Kehl that brings together researchers, students and players involved in cross-border cooperation.

  • The Fourth European Forum of the Outermost Regions

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    The Fourth European Forum of the Outermost Regions

    April 2017

    On 30-31 March 2017, before more than 500 participants, the Presidents of the outermost regions (ORs) submitted to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, a memorandum urging for better account to be taken of their specificities in European policies through a "New Strategy for the ORs".

  • "PASSAGE" to a low-carbon economy in the Dover Strait

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    "PASSAGE" to a low-carbon economy in the Dover Strait

    April 2017

    On 13 March 2017, around 50 French and British stakeholders from either side of the Dover Strait met in St Margaret's Bay, in Kent, to discuss an action plan for the low-carbon transition.

  • The third Franco-German cross-border conference

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    The third Franco-German cross-border conference

    April 2017

    On 5-6 April 2017 in Neustadt-an-der Weinstraße (Rhineland-Palatinate), the third Franco-German cross-border conference was held, in the presence of Harlem Désir, the Secretary of State for European Affairs (FR), and Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe (DE).

  • 14th edition of the cross-border workers fair

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    14th edition of the cross-border workers fair

    April 2017

    The 2017 edition of the cross-border workers fair, organised by the European Cross-Border Grouping in Annemasse, attracted nearly 2000 visitors.

  • Franco-Swiss agreement for the binational Basel-Mulhouse EuroAirport

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    Franco-Swiss agreement for the binational Basel-Mulhouse EuroAirport

    April 2017

    On 23 March 2017 in Paris, France and Switzerland signed an intergovernmental agreement that clarifies and defines the tax regime governing the binational Basel-Mulhouse EuroAirport, bringing to an end a dispute that has lasted for over two years.

  • New projects for the Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Euskadi-Navarra Euroregion

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    New projects for the Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Euskadi-Navarra Euroregion

    April 2017

    On 6 March 2017, Navarra joined the Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Euskadi Euroregion. A new partnership that reinforces cooperation between the French and Spanish territories.

  • Geodata dedicated to innovative projects in Greater Geneva

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    Geodata dedicated to innovative projects in Greater Geneva

    April 2017

    Helping entrepreneurs located on either side of the border to create new digital services thanks to geodata on Greater Geneva – this is the aim of the Interreg project "Geofab Greater Geneva" launched on 4 April 2017.*

  • Young European volunteers at the heart of Interreg projects

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    Young European volunteers at the heart of Interreg projects

    April 2017

    The Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) manages on behalf of the European Commission the new initiative known as "Interreg Volunteer Youth" (IVY), which aims to give young Europeans aged 18-30 the opportunity to serve as volunteers in Interreg programmes and projects.

  • The proposals of the intergovernmental group on cross-border obstacles

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    The proposals of the intergovernmental group on cross-border obstacles

    March 2017

    On 16 February 2017 in Brussels, the fourth meeting of the intergovernmental working group on innovative solutions to obstacles to cross-border cooperation was held. Noting the benefits of cross-border cooperation, but also the persistence of many obstacles, in 2015 the Luxembourg presidency of the EU Council proposed the development of a new European legal tool, the "European Cross-Border Convention" (ECBC); for its part, the European Commission launched the "Cross-Border Review".

  • The MOT's 20th general assembly in Belval

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    The MOT's 20th general assembly in Belval

    March 2017

    At the invitation of the Alzette-Belval EGTC*, a member of the MOT's network, more than 100 people gathered on 15-16 March on the occasion of the MOT's general assembly, in Belval and Villerupt, on the Franco-Luxembourg border.

  • Meetings of the MOT's bodies and the Technicians' Platform

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    Meetings of the MOT's bodies and the Technicians' Platform

    March 2017

    In the presence of Michel Delebarre, the MOT's President, Senator of the Nord Department and former Minister of State, and Philip Cordery, MP, Chairman of the study group "cross-border workers and areas" and Vice-President of the MOT, and many elected representatives, the meetings of the board and the general assembly were an opportunity to present the activities of the association, discuss the work programme and approve the activity and financial reports.

  • Field visits: the MOT's network in Alzette-Belval

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    Field visits: the MOT's network in Alzette-Belval

    March 2017

    The field visits offered for the first time to participants in the MOT's 2017 general assembly, to Belval and Villerupt, proved to be a moment of very fruitful exchanges.

  • Three associations defending the rights of cross-border workers bring an action before the European Commission

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    Three associations defending the rights of cross-border workers bring an action before the European Commission

    March 2017

    Income from household wealth (capital gains on property, real estate income, etc.) received in France is subject to social security deductions. However, the European Court of Justice confirmed in 2015 that people who are affiliated to the social security system of another country should not be taxed to fund the French social security system.

  • Opinion of the Committee of the Regions on "missing links"

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    Opinion of the Committee of the Regions on "missing links"

    March 2017

    At its plenary session in February, the Committee of the Regions adopted an opinion entitled "Missing transport links in border regions".

  • 5th meeting of the EP Working Group on Cross-Border Cooperation

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    5th meeting of the EP Working Group on Cross-Border Cooperation

    March 2017

    On 1 March 2017 in Brussels, Anne Sander, MEP and vice-president of the MOT, hosted the 5th meeting of the EP Working Group on Cross-Border Cooperation. After the digital age, healthcare, Schengen and employment, the topic this time was the institutional initiatives underway at European level to remove obstacles to cross-border cooperation.

  • White Paper on the future of Europe: reflections and scenarios for the EU27 in 2025

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    White Paper on the future of Europe: reflections and scenarios for the EU27 in 2025

    March 2017

    The White Paper published by the European Commission on 1 March 2017 sets out five scenarios, each giving an idea of how the EU might look in 2025 depending on the choices that Europe will make.

  • The new members

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    The new members

    March 2017

    The annual meeting of the network on 15 March in Belval gave the MOT's new members the opportunity to speak, and these new members were presented to all of the participants.

  • Pamina Eurodistrict: an online game to get to know the neighbouring country and the territory's rich heritage

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    Pamina Eurodistrict: an online game to get to know the neighbouring country and the territory's rich heritage

    March 2017

    The Pamina Eurodistrict is launching a digital version of a board game called "Le Passe-partout" ("The Master Key") to help schoolchildren learn about the rich cultural heritage of the Franco-German territory and encourage bilingualism.

  • The MOT presents concrete projects to high-school students in Athis-Mons

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    The MOT presents concrete projects to high-school students in Athis-Mons

    March 2017

    On 28 February, the MOT made a presentation at the Ministry of Territorial Development, to students from the European section of the Lycée Marcel Pagnol in Athis-Mons, as part of a day devoted to finding out about Franco-German cooperation organised by the Franco-German Office for Youth.

  • Strasbourg-Ortenau Eurodistrict: an interactive map for better services for citizens

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    Strasbourg-Ortenau Eurodistrict: an interactive map for better services for citizens

    March 2017

    In February, the Strasbourg-Ortenau put in place an online geographic information system (GIS) that provides citizens with information about daily life in the cross-border territory (schools, markets, charging points for electric cars, etc.).

  • A new presentation pack for the MOT!

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    A new presentation pack for the MOT!

    February 2017

    The MOT’s new presentation brochure presents the major challenges of cross-border cooperation at three levels: local, national, and European, and then details the actions of the MOT at each level.

  • Committee of the Regions conference on natural disasters in cross-border areas

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    Committee of the Regions conference on natural disasters in cross-border areas

    February 2017

    Jointly organised by the Committee of the Regions and the MOT, this conference brought together more than 60 participants, on 3 February in Brussels. Its objective was to present best practice in the area of risk prevention and crisis management in cross-border zones: forest fires (ES-PT), flooding in the Nisa Euroregion (DE-CZ-PL), seismic risks in the Alps (FR-IT-CH), risks in mountainous regions (FR-ES) and more generally, civil protection (EGTC Euregio Senza Confini IT-AT).