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  • Second call for "b-solutions" projects

    EUROPE

    Second call for "b-solutions" projects

    February 2019

    The "b-solutions” initiative is one of the actions supported by DG REGIO within the framework of the Communication “Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions” of September 2017. Its aim is to identify and promote sustainable methods for overcoming legal and/or administrative obstacles encountered along the internal land borders of the European Union.

  • Transport: European call for proposals regarding "missing cross-border links"

    EUROPE

    Transport: European call for proposals regarding "missing cross-border links"

    February 2019

    The 2019 Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Transport call for proposals has been launched by the European Commission.

  • North Lorraine Border Region Metropolitan Pole set up

    TERRITORIES

    North Lorraine Border Region Metropolitan Pole set up

    February 2019

    Created by the common desire of the presidents of eight Public Entities of Intermunicipal Cooperation, the new “North Lorraine Border Region Metropolitan Pole” was launched on 9 January 2019 in Thionville.

  • The work of the ESPON programme and cross-border public services

    EUROPE

    The work of the ESPON programme and cross-border public services

    February 2019

    The cross-border dimension was at the heart of the ESPON seminar “New Narratives for Territorial Development” which took place in Vienna on 5-6 December 2018.

  • “The Poverty of Territorialism”

    PUBLICATION

    “The Poverty of Territorialism”

    February 2019

    Andreas Faludi, Professor Emeritus and guest researcher, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. Published by Elgar Studies in Planning Theory, Policy and Practice, November 2018.

  • A new issue of INSEE Première on cross-border territories

    PUBLICATION

    A new issue of INSEE Première on cross-border territories

    February 2019

    A new issue of INSEE Première published in January 2019 focuses on the different engines of demographic growth on either side of France’s borders.

  • Fessenheim: signature of the territorial project

    TERRITORIES

    Fessenheim: signature of the territorial project

    February 2019

    Signed on 1 February 2019 by the Minister for the Ecological Transition, François de Rugy, and the French and German regional players, this “territorial project” is designed to accompany the economic redevelopment of the area around the nuclear power station in Fessenheim, whose two reactors are due to be shut down in the summer of 2020.

  • The Energy Transition Conference

    EUROPE

    The Energy Transition Conference

    February 2019

    The 2019 European Conference on the Energy Transition took place on 22-24 January in Dunkirk, bringing together nearly 3,500 participants around the topic “Committed and mutually-supportive territories”. The MOT contributed to the discussions by organising a workshop illustrating three very concrete examples of cross-border cooperation in the area of the energy transition.

  • A new edition of the MOT's Guides, on the energy transition

    MOT

    A new edition of the MOT's Guides, on the energy transition

    January 2019

    On the occasion of the European Conference on the Energy Transition, which is taking place in Dunkirk on 22-24 January 2019, the MOT is publishing a new edition of its thematic Guides, on the energy transition and cross-border cooperation.

  • Opinion of the Parliament and the CoR on the proposal for a regulation on the ECBM

    EUROPE

    Opinion of the Parliament and the CoR on the proposal for a regulation on the ECBM

    January 2019

    In adopting its opinion on the proposal for a regulation on the ECBM on 22 November 2018, the European Parliament’s Regional Development Commission (REGI) embarked on the process of inter-institutional negotiations on the proposed tool.

  • Ninth meeting of the working group on innovative solutions to cross-border obstacles

    EUROPE

    Ninth meeting of the working group on innovative solutions to cross-border obstacles

    January 2019

    On 18 December 2018 the ninth meeting of the working group on innovative solutions to cross-border obstacles was held in Brussels at the European Committee of the Regions.

  • The integrated territorial plan ALPIMED

    TERRITORIES

    The integrated territorial plan ALPIMED

    January 2019

    Under the Interreg programme ALCOTRA on the Franco-Italian border, two types of plan can be implemented: integrated territorial plans and integrated thematic plans. Integrated territorial plans are made up of a series of projects organised around several themes for a specific cross-border territory.

  • The Grand Est Region's cross-border strategic orientations

    TERRITORIES

    The Grand Est Region's cross-border strategic orientations

    January 2019

    In December, the Grand Est Region published a brochure setting out its strategic orientations in the area of cross-border cooperation.

  • Cross-border issues at the heart of the Grand Est Region's SRADDET

    TERRITORIES

    Cross-border issues at the heart of the Grand Est Region's SRADDET

    January 2019

    After two years of co-construction, the elected representatives of the Grand Est Region presented the major elements of the Region’s SRADDET at an event in Metz on 30 November 2018.

  • Mooc - “Beyond borders, assessing territories”

    FRANCE

    Mooc - “Beyond borders, assessing territories”

    January 2019

    The University of Lorraine is offering an online course [in French] entitled “Beyond borders, assessing territories”, which will start at the end of February 2019. It is providing an introduction to territorial assessment, and will look at several examples of cross-border areas.

  • France-Benelux: a declaration to step up cooperation

    NATIONAL LEVEL

    France-Benelux: a declaration to step up cooperation

    January 2019

    On 11 December 2018 in Brussels, a declaration of intent regarding the development of closer cooperation between France and the countries of the Benelux Union (Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands) was signed.

  • Call for projects on decentralised cooperation

    FRANCE

    Call for projects on decentralised cooperation

    January 2019

    The Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs has launched a call for projects aimed at funding decentralised cooperation projects supported by French local authorities in partnership with foreign local authorities.

  • Annual seminar of Greater Region EURES advisers

    TERRITORIES

    Annual seminar of Greater Region EURES advisers

    January 2019

    On 7 December 2018 in Metz, the EURES Resource and Documentation Centre/Grand Est Cross-Border Workers hosted the annual seminar of EURES advisers in the Greater Region.

  • The PAMINA Eurodistrict celebrates its 30th birthday

    TERRITORIES

    The PAMINA Eurodistrict celebrates its 30th birthday

    January 2019

    It was in the Alsatian town of Wissembourg that, on 12 December 2018, the 30th anniversary of the declaration of intent that established the PAMINA Eurodistrict was celebrated.

  • Seminar on cross-border taxation

    TERRITORIES

    Seminar on cross-border taxation

    January 2019

    A seminar on the fair distribution of taxes and social security contributions in cross-border areas was held on 25 October in Geneva by the FEDRE Foundation and the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities.

  • The MOT network's contribution on the 2021-2027 programming period

    MOT

    The MOT network's contribution on the 2021-2027 programming period

    December 2018

    On 29 May 2018, the European Commission published five proposals concerning the future 2021-2027 cohesion policy, of which two directly concern cross-border matters: the European Territorial Cooperation (Interreg) Regulation and a new Regulation creating a “mechanism to resolve legal and administrative obstacles in a cross-border context” (ECBM).

  • The Collectivity of Saint Martin: a Cross-border Catalyst

    TERRITORIES

    The Collectivity of Saint Martin: a Cross-border Catalyst

    December 2018

    At once a Caribbean island, an overseas collectivity of the French Republic and an Outermost Region (OR) of the European Union, the Collectivity of Saint Martin has resolutely placed regional integration at the heart of its development strategy.

  • Editorial of Daniel Gibbs, President of the Saint-Martin Territorial Council

    TERRITORIES

    Editorial of Daniel Gibbs, President of the Saint-Martin Territorial Council

    December 2018

    The characteristics, both geographic and political, of our territory justify the necessity for strengthened cooperation. The Collectivity of Saint Martin’s ambition is that, through strengthened regional cooperation, our territories become examples in the sectors where they possess “added value”, in developing, for example, infrastructure, Research and Development (R&D) notably in terms of the circular economy, the blue economy, sustainable agriculture, renewable energies, digital technologies, and earthquake-resistant and hurricane-resistant materials...

  • European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award

    EUROPE

    European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award

    December 2018

    The European Entrepreneurial Region Award rewards EU regions showing excellence and innovation in strategy on entrepreneurial policy. It is open “to all EU territories of Member States, including communities and city's as well as cross-border territories with legal personality such as EGTCs and Euroregions”.

  • Publication of the study: “Border Region Data Collection”

    PUBLICATION

    Publication of the study: “Border Region Data Collection”

    December 2018

    Following the Communication “Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions”, DG REGIO launched a pilot project focusing on the collection and availability of data necessary for studying cross-border territories. The study, carried out by eight national statistical institutes, including the French INSEE, has just been published. It focuses on indicators for analysis of the labour market. The results are promising and invite further research.