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  • The Basque Eurocity sketched by its young inhabitants

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    The Basque Eurocity sketched by its young inhabitants

    December 2014

    Since September and until February 2015, young people from both sides of the Bidasoa River are working on the "Basque Eurocity of the future".

  • Towards new interclustering projects in Aquitaine-Euskadi

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    Towards new interclustering projects in Aquitaine-Euskadi

    December 2014

    The cross-border chamber of commerce for the Basque Country, BIHARTEAN, and the Euskadi Institute of Competitiveness, ORKESTRA, have for more than a year been implementing a cross-border interclustering initiative, recognised as a project of Euroregional interest by the Aquitaine-Euskadi EGTC*.

  • The REGIO PAMINA Eurodistrict: a day devoted to cross-border employment

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    The REGIO PAMINA Eurodistrict: a day devoted to cross-border employment

    December 2014

    The cross-border labour market was the leitmotif of the event held on Thursday, 27 November 2014 by the REGIO PAMINA Eurodistrict and the social enterprise Neue Arbeit in Lauterbourg. Around 60 French and German players from the political sphere, administration and economy came together to take part in two roundtables on this topic.

  • A difficult year for Greater Geneva

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    A difficult year for Greater Geneva

    December 2014

    This year of 2014 has been a difficult one for "Greater Geneva".

  • Experiment in Alsace and Lorraine?

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    Experiment in Alsace and Lorraine?

    December 2014

    "During a visit to Lorraine on 24 November, the French President, François Hollande, proposed an 'experiment' with the carbon tax in Alsace and Lorraine, two regions that are in favour of the measure, which has been abandoned at national level.

  • MOT study on French-Belgian cross-border cooperation

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    MOT study on French-Belgian cross-border cooperation

    December 2014

    As 2014 draws to a close, the technical work to update the report of the French-Belgian parliamentary working group (GTPFB), initiated by the prefecture of the Nord-Pas de Calais Region, is being finalised. This initiative has benefited from the support and expertise of the MOT.

  • The Committee of the Regions stresses the need to speed up implementation of partnership agreements and operational programmes

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    The Committee of the Regions stresses the need to speed up implementation of partnership agreements and operational programmes

    December 2014

    Following the General Affairs Council, Michel Lebrun, the President of the Committee of the Regions, saluted the efforts made by the European Council and the European Commission to speed up the adoption and implementation of partnership agreements and operational programmes within the framework of cohesion policy.

  • 2 Seas Programme

    TERRITORIES

    2 Seas Programme

    December 2014

    The event to launch the 2 Seas operational programme (France-United Kingdom) was held on 20-21 November 2014 in Saint André lez Lille and brought together more than 620 participants.

  • 35th national meeting of urban planning public agencies

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    35th national meeting of urban planning public agencies

    December 2014

    At this meeting entitled "A la recherche du bien commun territorial" ("The search for the territorial common good"), held on 17-18 November 2014 in Paris, a workshop was devoted to an international topic: "Sustainable metropolises in the European and international urban agenda", in which the MOT took part.

  • Conference in Russia

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    Conference in Russia

    December 2014

    Jean Peyrony, the MOT's Director General, took part in the 10th conference entitled "Cross-border cooperation: Russian Federation, European Union and Norway", which took place in St Petersburg on 14 November 2014.

  • An Evaluation of Tax-Benefit Systems Impact on the Welfare of Frontier Workers. The Case of Luxembourg and Belgium

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    An Evaluation of Tax-Benefit Systems Impact on the Welfare of Frontier Workers. The Case of Luxembourg and Belgium

    December 2014

    The thesis is about the differences in social security systems and taxes in the European Union’s context (looking at the selected country cases) and how these affect the income of individuals who reside in one country, but commute daily or weekly to another country for work, while keeping their residence place constant (called ‘frontier workers’).

  • Seminar to launch the 2014-2020 programming period in Montpellier

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    Seminar to launch the 2014-2020 programming period in Montpellier

    November 2014

    In France, the Government and the regions launched the 2014-2020 programming period for European funds at a seminar held in Montpellier on 14 November 2014, in the presence notably of Sylvia Pinel, the Minister of Housing, Territorial Equality and the Countryside, and Harlem Désir, the Secretary of State for European Affairs.

  • Summit on the EuroAirport

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    Summit on the EuroAirport

    November 2014

    On 30 October 2014, French President François Hollande received Didier Burkhalter, President of the Swiss Confederation, to talk in particular about the cross-border airport in Basel-Mulhouse, a subject of disagreement between Paris and Bern since the summer.

  • Two workshops on cross-border economic development held at the MOT's offices

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    Two workshops on cross-border economic development held at the MOT's offices

    November 2014

    As part of its project on cross-border economic development, co-financed by the technical assistance programme Europ’Act, the MOT held two workshops on 27-28 October in Paris in order to prepare the drafting of two handbooks on this topic.

  • The "Espace Pourtalet": from border to symbol of cooperation

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    The "Espace Pourtalet": from border to symbol of cooperation

    November 2014

    On 27 October 2014, the two member institutions of the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC), set up in 2011 by the Pyrénées Atlantiques Department and the Government of Aragon, inaugurated the Espace Pourtalet Centre, the first concrete result of the work carried out by the EGTC. Located in a converted former Spanish customs house, this new facility comprises a cross-border snow-clearing centre and a cross-border resource centre.

  • The BRIT international conference: "The border, a source of innovation"

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    The BRIT international conference: "The border, a source of innovation"

    November 2014

    On 4-7 November 2014, in Arras, Lille and Mons, the BRIT's 14th international conference1 was held. The aim was to contribute, in a cross-disciplinary approach, to collective reflections on innovations related to border and cross-border dynamics.

  • The European Straits initiative is continuing!

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    The European Straits initiative is continuing!

    November 2014

    On Wednesday 22 October, the NOSTRA (Network Of STRAits) project was closed in Brussels. NOSTRA is a European cooperation project led by the Pas-de-Calais Department. The 16 partners along 8 straits, from North to South, including the Danube delta, share the objective of preserving the biodiversity and natural heritage of their territories, while also highlighting their common concerns: governance, the environment, tourism, mobility and maritime safety, etc.

  • Interactive meeting of the network on the MOT's activities and launch of a working group on changes to its structure

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    Interactive meeting of the network on the MOT's activities and launch of a working group on changes to its structure

    November 2014

    The members of the MOT's network met in Paris on 15 October 2014 for a day of exchanges about their wishes and needs with respect to the MOT's activities and objectives.

  • The end of roaming charges in Europe - not straightaway!

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    The end of roaming charges in Europe - not straightaway!

    November 2014

    In April 2014, the European Parliament adopted a draft regulation on the ending of roaming charges for mobile phones in Europe.

  • AEBR's position on the cohesion report

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    AEBR's position on the cohesion report

    November 2014

    The AEBR is working on a position paper regarding the sixth cohesion report published in July 2014 by the European Commission.

  • A new website to facilitate transportation in the Greater Region

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    A new website to facilitate transportation in the Greater Region

    November 2014

    Cofinanced with INTERREG European funds and sponsored by the authorities of the five entities that make up the Greater Region (Luxembourg, Wallonia, Lorraine, Rheinland-Pfalz and Saarland), the new website mobiregio.net describes itself as being a portal for mobility in the Greater Region aimed at informing the general public about public transport provision.

  • The DG REGIO organises a chat on Twitter on 24th October on cross-border cooperation

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    The DG REGIO organises a chat on Twitter on 24th October on cross-border cooperation

    October 2014

    2nd EUChatREGIO: European Cross-border cooperation: Collecting information on remaining obstacles at EU internal borders

  • OPEN DAYS 2014: The MOT stresses the role of national support in overcoming obstacles to cooperation

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    OPEN DAYS 2014: The MOT stresses the role of national support in overcoming obstacles to cooperation

    October 2014

    The 12th OPEN DAYS, European Week of Regions and Cities, took place from 6 to 9 October 2014 in Brussels, bringing together some 6000 persons from the whole of Europe. There were many workshops on European territorial cooperation.

  • Seminar on cross-border observation in Budapest

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    Seminar on cross-border observation in Budapest

    October 2014

    The CESCI, the MOT and INFH co-organised the 2nd European Seminar on cross-border territorial observation on 30 September 2014 at the Institut français de Budapest in Hungary.

  • Cross-border walk in the Greater Region

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    Cross-border walk in the Greater Region

    October 2014

    Taking place on 28 September 2014 between Berus (Überherrn, Saarland) and Berviller-en-Moselle (Lorraine) as part of the annual event of the Interreg IVA Greater Region Programme and the 10th anniversary of the Interreg PIG (Public Interest Group), the cross-border walk attracted 170 persons, partner authorities and project operators accompanied by their families, from Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and France.