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  • 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.

  • Findings of the policy forum "Security and development: how to manage borders?"

    MOT

    Findings of the policy forum "Security and development: how to manage borders?"

    September 2016

    The migrant crisis and threats to security have placed borders centre stage. Having become an extremely political topic, the public authorities still perceive them in a fragmented way.

  • Studies presented by the Committee of the Regions

    EUROPE

    Studies presented by the Committee of the Regions

    September 2016

    The EGTC Platform of the Committee of the Regions has presented three recent studies on cross-border cooperation.

  • Periurban Innovation Prize in France

    FRANCE

    Periurban Innovation Prize in France

    September 2016

    Within the framework of the "Periurban Lab" (a platform aimed at identifying, promoting and disseminating innovative projects and remarkable initiatives in periurban areas), the French Minister for Town and Country Planning, Rural Affairs and Local Government, Jean-Michel Baylet, with the support of the CGET,* has launched the Periurban Innovation Prize.

  • Four new Interreg projects in the territory of the Basque Eurocity

    TERRITORIES

    Four new Interreg projects in the territory of the Basque Eurocity

    September 2016

    "Connect Innovation Bai!", "MAREA", "H2Ogurea" and "EDERBIDEA" of the names of four of the new projects selected in the first call for projects under POCTEFA 2014-2020.

  • "The migrant crisis: the return of borders"

    FRANCE

    "The migrant crisis: the return of borders"

    September 2016

    TV programme "C dans l'air" on France 5 - Broadcast on 10 August 2016

  • 2016 project factsheet dossier

    MOT

    2016 project factsheet dossier

    September 2016

    Every year, the MOT publishes an updated dossier presenting cross-border projects that may serve as examples.

  • KUBIC, a cross-border music programme: coming back to a successful project!

    TERRITORIES

    KUBIC, a cross-border music programme: coming back to a successful project!

    September 2016

    Thanks to the Kubic project, which was led by the Saarmoselle Eurodistrict and funded by the Interreg IVA programme, five local French and German television stations pooled their know-how and technical resources to produce a weekly cross-border music programme.

  • ESPON seminar

    EUROPE

    ESPON seminar

    June 2016

    Jean Peyrony, the MOT's Director-General, took part in the ESPON seminar "Territory matters: keeping Europe and its regions competitive" held in Amsterdam on 16-17 June 2016.

  • A 2020 territorial strategy for the SaarMoselle Eurodistrict

    TERRITORIES

    A 2020 territorial strategy for the SaarMoselle Eurodistrict

    June 2016

    The SaarMoselle Eurodistrict has just adopted an action programme for the next five years.

  • MOT Annual Conference: "Borders: a 'resource' for the inhabitants of border regions"

    MOT

    MOT Annual Conference: "Borders: a 'resource' for the inhabitants of border regions"

    June 2016

    The Annual Conference of the MOT brought together 150 participants on 24 May 2016 in the Palais de la Porte Dorée, home of the French National Museum of the History of Immigration, in conjunction with the exhibition “Frontières” (“Borders”) currently on view.

  • Annual meetings of the network and Technicians Platform

    MOT

    Annual meetings of the network and Technicians Platform

    June 2016

    Following the annual conference, the meetings of the MOT's bodies took place on 25 May. The MOT's President, Michel Delebarre, presented its new members: the Cluster GAT Caraïbes, the Principality of Monaco, the Strasbourg-Mulhouse-Colmar Metropolitan Hub, the IDELUX-AIVE Group (Belgium) and KiosK Office.

  • "Obstacles to investment at local and regional level"

    EUROPE

    "Obstacles to investment at local and regional level"

    June 2016

    To help identify obstacles to investment, the Committee of the Regions has invited the representatives of EU cities and regions to take part in a survey on "Obstacles to investment at local and regional level", the results of which will be presented to the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council.

  • Third meeting of the Committee of the Regions' interregional group on cross-border cooperation

    EUROPE

    Third meeting of the Committee of the Regions' interregional group on cross-border cooperation

    June 2016

    On Thursday 16 June, the MOT attended the third meeting of the Committee of the Regions' interregional group on cross-border cooperation (and EGTCs) chaired by Pavel Branda.

  • Meeting of the CECICN in Brussels

    Meeting of the CECICN in Brussels

    June 2016

    The CECICN - Conference of European Cross-border and Interregional City Networks - held meetings of its political board and executive board on 15 June in Brussels in the presence of four of its member networks: the MOT, the CESCI (Central European Service for Cross-border Initiatives), the UBC (Union of Baltic Cities) and the FAIC (Forum of Adriatic and Ionian Cities).

  • “Unemployment: what solutions in border regions?”

    EUROPE

    “Unemployment: what solutions in border regions?”

    June 2016

    On 26 May 2016, Anne Sander, MEP and Vice-President of the MOT, chaired the fourth meeting of the working group on cross-border cooperation that she has coordinated at the European Parliament since June 2015. Around 40 experts, MPs, civil servants, staff and representatives of interest groups came together to discuss the solutions to unemployment in border regions.

  • Joint spatial planning in Komarno and Komarom

    PUBLICATION

    Joint spatial planning in Komarno and Komarom

    June 2016

    Study carried out by the Central European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI), 2016

  • A platform to facilitate the mobility of territorial civil servants

    FRANCE

    A platform to facilitate the mobility of territorial civil servants

    June 2016

    The Institut National des Études Territoriales (INET) in Strasbourg has put online a platform designed to centralise a large amount of disparate information about French territorial civil servants' possibilities for mobility in Europe and internationally.

  • Parental authorisation needed for minors to leave the country?

    FRANCE

    Parental authorisation needed for minors to leave the country?

    June 2016

    The legislation to strengthen the fight against organised crime, terrorism and the financing adopted on 26 May 2016 provides for the reintroduction in France of required authorisations for any minor leaving the country.

  • "Acteurs, mobilisez-vous : le Plan Juncker finance vos projets !"

    EUROPE

    "Acteurs, mobilisez-vous : le Plan Juncker finance vos projets !"

    May 2016

    Lancé à l’automne 2014 par le président de la Commission européenne, le plan "Juncker" vise à relancer les investissements en particulier dans les infrastructures, les industries de demain et les compétences. Composé de deux volets – 75 milliards d’euros pour les PME et 240 milliards d’euros pour les infrastructures – il a été mis en œuvre rapidement sur le terrain.

  • Effects of the reintroduction of border controls: the example of Strasbourg-Kehl

    TERRITORIES

    Effects of the reintroduction of border controls: the example of Strasbourg-Kehl

    May 2016

    Intended to form an integrated urban entity within the framework of the "Two Banks" initiative structured around a tramline, which is scheduled to start running in 2017, the cities of Strasbourg and Kehl constitute an interesting barometer for the consequences of the reintroduction of controls along the French-German border.