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  • MOT Network Day

    MOT

    MOT Network Day

    November 2016

    The president of the MOT, Michel Delebarre, welcomed members of the MOT network on 16 November on the invitation of the Ministry of Overseas France in Paris for two meetings: the Advisory Committee meeting, where activities were presented and the reports made on the functioning of the MOT; and the Technicians’ Platform meeting, which was the occasion for interactive exchanges with members.

  • ITEM Conference in the Netherlands

    EUROPE

    ITEM Conference in the Netherlands

    November 2016

    ITEM (Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross border cooperation and Mobility at Dutch borders) held its annual conference on 28 October 2016 in Maastricht, on the topic “Europe under pressure: effects for border regions – 25 years after the Maastricht Treaty”. The ITEM annual report, which analyses each year the impact of legislation on the border territories of the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion, was presented and discussed.

  • Creation of a cross-border chamber of commerce

    TERRITORIES

    Creation of a cross-border chamber of commerce

    November 2016

    The directors of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Perpignan, Girona, Lleida and Andorra have officially launched the cross-border Chamber of Commerce and Industry “Pirineus Med”: a new body which aims to develop exchanges and cross-border knowledge, and whose goal is to “establish trade relations in the cross-border territory”.

  • The Working Community of the Pyrenees, at the heart of the development strategy for the Pyrenean massif

    TERRITORIES

    The Working Community of the Pyrenees, at the heart of the development strategy for the Pyrenean massif

    November 2016

    The Working Community of the Pyrenees (CTP) brings together the French and Spanish border regions, and Andorra. Its main objective is to contribute to harmonious and coordinated development of the Pyrenean massif.

  • Atlas of Greater Geneva: taking stock for sustainable progress

    PUBLICATION

    Atlas of Greater Geneva: taking stock for sustainable progress

    November 2016

    The work of 174 pages offers an environmental, social and economic inventory of the cross-border territory of Greater Geneva on the French-Swiss border.

  • Seminar: "The Grand Est region and its neighbours"

    TERRITORIES

    Seminar: "The Grand Est region and its neighbours"

    November 2016

    Close to 300 people gathered in Strasbourg for a major seminar on the cross-border relations of the new “Grand Est” region of France.

  • "Skills Without Borders"project launch

    TERRITORIES

    "Skills Without Borders"project launch

    November 2016

    The project “Compétences sans Frontières” (Skills without Borders) was launched on 1 October 2016. Its goal is to contribute to reducing the imbalance of supply and demand in the job market of the France-Wallonia-Flanders cross-border region.

  • A European Parliament study on territorial cooperation programmes

    PUBLICATION

    A European Parliament study on territorial cooperation programmes

    November 2016

    A study by the European Parliament analyses the territorial cooperation programmes for the 2014-2020 period.

  • Research Seminar: "Local and Regional Authorities as new diplomatic actors since the 1980’s"

    CALL FOR PAPERS

    Research Seminar: "Local and Regional Authorities as new diplomatic actors since the 1980’s"

    November 2016

    In the framework of a research seminar that will be held in Strasbourg on 27th January 2017, a call for papers is launched by 30 November 2016. (Association Parlementaire Européenne, Université de Strasbourg).

  • Meetings in Brussels on "obstacles to cross-border cooperation"

    EUROPE

    Meetings in Brussels on "obstacles to cross-border cooperation"

    October 2016

    The MOT took part in two important European meetings at the end of September in Brussels: the third meeting of the experts' group of the European Commission's "Cross-Border Review", and the second meeting of the "Intergovernmental working group on innovative solutions to cross-border obstacles".

  • The MOT's workshops : "Cross-border investments" and "Rural areas"

    EUROPEAN WEEK OF REGIONS AND CITIES

    The MOT's workshops : "Cross-border investments" and "Rural areas"

    October 2016

    During the European Week of Regions and Cities, the MOT organised two workshops: the first on cross-border investment and the second on rural areas.

  • Cross-border cooperation in Germany's territorial development policy

    GERMANY

    Cross-border cooperation in Germany's territorial development policy

    October 2016

    With the recent approval by both the German Länder and the federal level of its "Guiding Principles", Germany is emphasising cross-border cooperation in its territorial development policy.

  • Editorial from Dr. Katharina Erdmenger, Head of Division, Deputy Director, European Territorial Cohesion Policy, Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Germany

    EUROPE

    Editorial from Dr. Katharina Erdmenger, Head of Division, Deputy Director, European Territorial Cohesion Policy, Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Germany

    October 2016

    New "Guiding Principles" for Germany's territorial development were adopted in March 2016, which are in line with the idea that "Germany is not an island".

  • "MORO" – pilot projects devoted to cross-border cooperation in Germany

    EUROPE

    "MORO" – pilot projects devoted to cross-border cooperation in Germany

    October 2016

    Several spatial planning pilot projects (MORO), such as the one that led to the setting-up of the IMeG,* incorporating border region and cross-border considerations have been launched in Germany.

  • Annual conference of the Interreg ALCOTRA programme

    TERRITORIES

    Annual conference of the Interreg ALCOTRA programme

    October 2016

    On 6 October 2016, the annual meeting of the Interreg VA ALCOTRA programme brought together more than 400 participants in Chamonix.

  • "Territoires no(s) limit(es)"

    TERRITORIES

    "Territoires no(s) limit(es)"

    October 2016

    Nearly 600 people gathered for the 37th national meeting of urban planning agencies on 5-7 October in the Basque Country.

  • "Grand Est : L'Europe entre voisins"

    PUBLICATION

    "Grand Est : L'Europe entre voisins"

    October 2016

    Published by Correspondances Lorraines. Author: Pascale Braun. October 2016. Retail price: €20. Title in English: "The Greater East Region: Europe among Neighbours"

  • European days of cross-border cooperation in Nice

    TERRITORIES

    European days of cross-border cooperation in Nice

    October 2016

    Organised by the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis,* the European days of cross-border cooperation held in Nice on 21-22 September were a great success, with nearly 400 participants.

  • Roaming charges

    EUROPE

    Roaming charges

    October 2016

    Roaming within the EU will be free of charge for unlimited periods from 15 June 2017. The first proposal to limit free roaming to 90 days was rectified by the European Commission as it was deemed to be discriminatory for example for cross-border workers and Erasmus students who spend a lot of time in another country.

  • Construction of Greater Geneva: Switzerland and France linked by a railway tunnel

    TERRITORIES

    Construction of Greater Geneva: Switzerland and France linked by a railway tunnel

    October 2016

    On 23 September 2016, the two sides of underground route of the future cross-border rail link between Geneva and Annemasse were joined up by French and Swiss teams.

  • Launching of the Working Group on innovative solutions to cross-border obstacles

    EUROPE

    Launching of the Working Group on innovative solutions to cross-border obstacles

    September 2016

    Following the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU (2nd half of 2015) and its proposal to create a new legal tool for cross-border cooperation, a Working Group on innovative solutions to cross-border obstacles was established by Luxembourg and France. The first meeting of the Working Group was held in Vienna on July 5th 2016.

  • New section devoted to obstacles to cooperation

    MOT

    New section devoted to obstacles to cooperation

    September 2016

    A new section on the MOT's website sets out the issues involved in identifying and resolving obstacles to cross-border cooperation.

  • Updating of the MOT's legal resources: a toolkit for players involved in cooperation

    MOT

    Updating of the MOT's legal resources: a toolkit for players involved in cooperation

    September 2016

    This summer, the MOT completely updated its online legal resources relating to cross-border cooperation law.

  • The "ACTS" project (Support for cross-border cooperation in the Sahel)

    FRANCE

    The "ACTS" project (Support for cross-border cooperation in the Sahel)

    September 2016

    The "ACTS" project* was launched in February 2015 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development.** It is a Priority Solidarity Fund project financed by France. It aims to help Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso preserve their sovereignty through better management of border regions with respect to security and local development.

  • Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region "SRDEII"

    FRANCE

    Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region "SRDEII"

    September 2016

    In the context of drawing up its SRDEII,* the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region asked the MOT, of which it is a member, to carry out an assessment of cross-border issues in the Region (which borders on Switzerland and Italy) that could be included in a cross-border component of the regional programme.