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  • The MOT’s position on the Territorial Agenda 2030

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    The MOT’s position on the Territorial Agenda 2030

    February 2020

    The Territorial Agenda sets out the European strategy for spatial planning. Following on from its adoption in 2007 in Leipzig, and the first update in 2011, the ministers in charge of territorial cohesion have embarked on a new update of the Agenda. A consultation has been launched, to which the MOT has responded in order to highlight cross-border issues.

  • Germany and France at the Forefront of Cross-border Observation in Europe

    NATIONAL LEVEL

    Germany and France at the Forefront of Cross-border Observation in Europe

    February 2020

    On 5 and 6 December 2019 in Bonn (Germany), the German Federal Institute for Research on Building Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) brought together the signatories of the "Memorandum for the creation of a European network for cross-border observation", representatives from Germany’s different borders (Statistics offices, local and regional authorities, ministries in charge of territorial cohesion, national bodies), as well as DG REGIO, the ESPON programme, and the MOT.

  • "Together, Let's Discuss the Added Value of EU Programmes For Our Border Territories"

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    "Together, Let's Discuss the Added Value of EU Programmes For Our Border Territories"

    February 2020

    The MOT and Euro-Institut are carrying out a capitalisation study on behalf of the Grand Est region, funded by the Europ’Act technical assistance programme. Within this framework, three seminars have been held: in Strasbourg on 4 December, in Metz on 3 February, and in Charleville-Mézières on 10 February.

  • "Together For a Sustainable Alpine Region"

    EUROPE

    "Together For a Sustainable Alpine Region"

    February 2020

    The French presidency of the EU strategy for the Alpine Region, launched on 4 February in Lyon, intends to move into higher gear regarding the ecological transition within this transnational space among the most vulnerable and under threat due to climate change.

  • Aachen Treaty - First meeting of the Cross-Border Cooperation Committee

    NATIONAL LEVEL

    Aachen Treaty - First meeting of the Cross-Border Cooperation Committee

    February 2020

    One year on from the signing of the Aachen Treaty, a Franco-German "Cross-Border Cooperation Committee" was officially established, in Hambach, on 22 January 2020, in the presence of the German Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Michael Roth, and the French Secretary of State in charge of European Affairs, Amélie de Montchalin. Its objective is "to overcome everyday border problems by means of concrete and reproducible solutions".

  • Editorial by Jean Rottner, President of the Grand Est Region
  • "Agenda-setting dynamics in the post-2020 cohesion policy reform: the pathway towards the European cross-border mechanism as possible policy change"

    PUBLICATION

    "Agenda-setting dynamics in the post-2020 cohesion policy reform: the pathway towards the European cross-border mechanism as possible policy change"

    February 2020

    The article examines issues specific to the development of the European Cross-Border Mechanism (ECBM) proposed by the European Commission for the next programming period. It describes the manner in which the ECBM tool proposal arose through the action of an ensemble of "policy entrepreneurs". The article highlights the role of the MOT as a facilitator and a relay.

  • The MOT’s contribution at the conference "Spatial planning in the Franco-Swiss Jura Arc"

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    The MOT’s contribution at the conference "Spatial planning in the Franco-Swiss Jura Arc"

    February 2020

    On 23 January 2020, the MOT took part in the conference "Spatial planning in the Franco-Swiss Jura Arc", held in La Chaux-de-Fonds (CH) within the framework of the Interreg V – ARC-AD programme. As well as being an opportunity to share views on spatial planning issues in the cross-border territory, the purpose of the conference was to present the ARC-AD tool, a decision-making tool designed to facilitate the coordination of territorial planning across the Jura Arc.

  • In 2020, the MOT is organising the first "Borders Forum"

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    In 2020, the MOT is organising the first "Borders Forum"

    January 2020

    When presenting its New Year’s wishes, the MOT announced the organisation of a large-scale event: the first “Borders Forum”, on 9-10 November 2020 in Paris.

  • The SaarMoselle Eurodistrict is publishing a guide to support cross-border projects aimed at young people

    TERRITORIES

    The SaarMoselle Eurodistrict is publishing a guide to support cross-border projects aimed at young people

    January 2020

    This guide is targeted at those involved in young people’s services across the Eurodistrict: social workers, teaching assistants, youth workers and coordinators, members of associations, administrative staff in the field of young people’s services, teachers, etc. It aims to guide these players in the development and implementation of cross-border projects.

  • Cross-border strategies being drawn up in cross-border urban areas

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    Cross-border strategies being drawn up in cross-border urban areas

    January 2020

    The MAPTAM Act* enables border metropolises to draw up a Cross-Border Cooperation Strategy. Lille, Strasbourg and Nice have taken up this opportunity and have been working since 2018, with support from the MOT, on formulating a strategy to structure their cross-border policy. Other territories have followed suit such as the Basque Country Conurbation Community.

  • Editorial by Michel Charrat, President of the European Cross-Border Grouping:  "Greater Geneva at last!"
  • The Léman Express – "a real transport revolution"

    TERRITORIES

    The Léman Express – "a real transport revolution"

    January 2020

    The launch of the Léman Express on 15 December 2019 is “a real transport revolution”, according to Greater Geneva’s elected representatives. Made possible by a new 16km central section of track between Cornavin, Eaux-Vives and Annemasse (CEVA), what is now the largest cross-border regional rail network in Europe links up two Swiss cantons and two French departments. It has taken eight years and €1.8 billion worth of investment to complete.

  • Meeting of the MOT network: an ambitious programme for 2020

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    Meeting of the MOT network: an ambitious programme for 2020

    January 2020

    The MOT network met on 12 December 2019 in Paris in the offices of the Caisse des Dépôts, around the meetings of the Board and the Steering Committee. The discussions were an opportunity to report on the findings of the questionnaire on "Communicating the needs of the MOT network to the national level", and to launch an ambitious work programme for the coming year, with a number of key projects.

  • Meetings of players involved in Franco-Italian cross-border cooperation: the Sud Region mobilises

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    Meetings of players involved in Franco-Italian cross-border cooperation: the Sud Region mobilises

    January 2020

    In order to make a preliminary assessment of past Interreg programmes and to plan for the future, the Sud Region (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur) organised, in partnership with the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Alpes-Maritimes, Hautes-Alpes and Var Departments, a series of three meetings with ALCOTRA and MARITTIMO project developers.

  • Annual summary of the Greater Geneva Cross-Border Statistical Observatory

    TERRITORIES

    Annual summary of the Greater Geneva Cross-Border Statistical Observatory

    January 2020

    The Greater Geneva Cross-Border Statistical Observatory has just published its 2019 summary: “The Geneva cross-border area continues to see demographic and economic growth: demographic growth is strong in the Geneva cross-border area (1.6% annually between 2011 and 2016), and is significantly higher than both the Swiss and French averages (1.1% and 0.4% respectively). This large territory […] is now home to more than a million people.”

  • The low-carbon transition takes shape in Europe’s straits

    TERRITORIES

    The low-carbon transition takes shape in Europe’s straits

    January 2020

    On 22 November 2019, the Pas-de-Calais Department hosted the closing conference of the PASSAGE project in Arras. The MOT took part in it.

  • Historical atlas "Aller et venir, transports et mobilité dans le Pays de Genève"

    PUBLICATION

    Historical atlas "Aller et venir, transports et mobilité dans le Pays de Genève"

    January 2020

    Claude Barbier, Pierre-François Schwarz, published by La Salévienne, 2019. (Translation of the title: "Coming and Going – Transport and Mobility in the Geneva Area")

  • Revitalisation of inner cities in the Greater Region

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    Revitalisation of inner cities in the Greater Region

    January 2020

    On 21 November 2019 the UniGR – Center for Border Studies held in Esch-sur-Alzette, in Luxembourg, its fourth Greater Region Forum, on the topic "Revitalisation of inner cities in the Greater Region". In the light of the pressure on the retail sector in the Greater Region, as well as in other cross-border regions, the discussions focused on the organisation of retailers in the face of this competition, on consumer behaviour and on possible avenues for co-development.

  • Authority of Alsace and cross-border cooperation: what does the Act say?

    FRANCE

    Authority of Alsace and cross-border cooperation: what does the Act say?

    November 2019

    The Act (No. 2019-816) of 2 August 2019 concerning the competences of the European Territorial Authority of Alsace (CEA) ratified the creation of this new territorial authority arising from the merger of the French Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin Departments on 1 January 2021.

  • A 2030 strategy for the Upper Rhine Trinational Metropolitan Region

    TERRITORIES

    A 2030 strategy for the Upper Rhine Trinational Metropolitan Region

    November 2019

    The 2030 strategy for the Upper Rhine Trinational Metropolitan Region was signed in Basel on 22 November. “We want to be a model region for Europe and to make visible and tangible the benefits that Europe provides day by day. To do this, we will continue to develop excellence in the economic and scientific field, to strengthen structures of cross-border cooperation and to develop new potential,” the political representatives affirmed on this occasion.

  • The MOT holds its first webinar, on the topic of cross-border public services

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    The MOT holds its first webinar, on the topic of cross-border public services

    November 2019

    Around 30 people took part in the first webinar organised by the MOT in partnership with the ESPON programme, on 21 November 2019, on the topic: "Potentials of Cross-border Public Services for French and Neighbouring Border Regions".

  • Network day in Lille on cross-border mobility

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    Network day in Lille on cross-border mobility

    November 2019

    At the invitation of the MOT, the CNFPT (National Centre for Territorial Public Administration) and the Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropolis, 40 people gathered on 13 November in Lille to talk about cross-border transportation. The three sessions focused on: the need for the observation of flows and the reasons for travelling (work, shopping, leisure, healthcare); the challenges encountered in drawing up cross-border mobility strategies; and the breaking-down of the strategies into territorial projects.

  • Meeting of the National Mountain Council on cross-border issues

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    Meeting of the National Mountain Council on cross-border issues

    November 2019

    The National Mountain Council is a consultative body, established by the Montagne Act, that has a proposal-making role with respect to setting goals for the development, spatial planning and protection of mountain ranges. It is made up of parliamentarians and representatives from the regions and departments of the six mountain ranges in metropolitan France (the Alps, Corsica, the Jura, the Massif Central, the Pyrenees and the Vosges) and the three overseas mountain ranges, social professionals and representatives from the voluntary sector. The General Commission for Territorial Equality provides its general secretariat.

  • France-United Kingdom: for strengthened cooperation between local authorities

    TERRITORIES

    France-United Kingdom: for strengthened cooperation between local authorities

    November 2019

    The successful bids for the call for projects “France-United Kingdom: for a strengthened cooperation between our local authorities” launched by the British Embassy in France, with the support of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, have been announced.