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  • Special edition on cross-border issues and the ecological transition

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    Special edition on cross-border issues and the ecological transition

    June 2018

    The General Council on the Environment and Sustainable Development, which is responsible for advising the government in the different fields of competence of the French Ministry for Ecological Transition, has devoted a special edition of its magazine "Pour mémoire" to cross-border issues in the areas of transport, the environment and energy.

  • Healthcare: an important study published by the European Commission

    EUROPE

    Healthcare: an important study published by the European Commission

    June 2018

    In March the European Commission published a study devoted to cross-border healthcare. It analyses the strengths and opportunities of cross-border cooperation based on projects funded by the EU, as well as on existing bilateral or multilateral agreements.

  • "Building a Europe of places and links"

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    "Building a Europe of places and links"

    June 2018

    The journal "Urbanisme" has devoted a special issue to the topic "Construire l'Europe des lieux et des liens" ("Building a Europe of places and links"). This issue summarises the 38th conference of urban planning agencies that took place in November 2017 in Strasbourg, in which the MOT actively participated. An extensive chapter in the special issue looks at "territories without borders".

  • Editorial of Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice, President of the Nice-Côte d'Azur Metropolis and President Delegate of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region

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    Editorial of Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice, President of the Nice-Côte d'Azur Metropolis and President Delegate of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region

    May 2018

    Since 2012, the Nice-Côte d'Azur Metropolis has been part of the MOT's network, which allows it to position itself at the heart of cross-border cooperation issues, by developing its links not only with its direct neighbours, Italy and the Principality of Monaco, but also with other European cross-border players.

  • Nice takes action for cross-border cooperation projects

    TERRITORIES

    Nice takes action for cross-border cooperation projects

    May 2018

    The city of Nice and the Nice-Côte d'Azur Metropolis are engaged in many cooperation projects within the framework of the ALCOTRA and MARITTIMO European programmes, in very varied areas such as: territorial development, strengthening links between urban and rural territories, innovation and support for businesses, sustainable development and combating climate change, healthcare and social inclusion, youth, culture and strengthening digital networks.

  • The MOT's activity report has a new look

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    The MOT's activity report has a new look

    May 2018

    The year of 2017 was marked by the 20th anniversary of the setting-up of the network, which was celebrated at a major European conference in Brussels. It was also a very rich year for the MOT in terms of its activities and studies. In order to let people know about the diversity and scope of these actions, carried out for the benefit of the network and cross-border territories, the MOT is publishing its latest annual report – in a completely new format, both in terms of the structure of the contents and its design and layout.

  • Alzette Belval: interactive mapping to promote the cross-border community

    TERRITORIES

    Alzette Belval: interactive mapping to promote the cross-border community

    May 2018

    The Alzette Belval EGTC has just launched an interactive mapping system to provide fair access to leisure equipment and services across the cross-border territory. It became apparent that such an initiative was necessary to encourage its inhabitants to take part in activities on either side of the border.

  • The MOT publishes a map and a poster of cross-border territories

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    The MOT publishes a map and a poster of cross-border territories

    May 2018

    To mark its 20th anniversary, the MOT produced a map of European cross-border territories. Now, on the occasion of its 21st General Assembly, it is publishing – and has had printed in the form of a large poster – a map showing the cross-border territories along France's borders.

  • Signature of an agreement at the French-Spanish border

    TERRITORIES

    Signature of an agreement at the French-Spanish border

    May 2018

    The Pyrenees Haute-Garonne Community of Municipalities and the Aran Conselh Generau held a ceremony on 20 April in Fos to commemorate the 505th anniversary of the signing of the " Lies et Patseries" Treaty.

  • Survey on Greater Geneva, its population and their desire to live together

    TERRITORIES

    Survey on Greater Geneva, its population and their desire to live together

    May 2018

    In 2016, a wide-ranging opinion poll by HES-SO* Geneva investigated the habits and feeling of belonging to the cross-border territory of the population of Greater Geneva. In 2018, a team made up of three professors conducted the survey again, this time focusing particularly on the issue of mobility.

  • TV programme "Avenue de l'Europe" devoted to cross-border workers

    TERRITORIES

    TV programme "Avenue de l'Europe" devoted to cross-border workers

    May 2018

    "They are French and live in France, but work on the other side of the border, in Italy, Switzerland or Germany. They are known as the 'transfrontaliers' [cross-border workers]… There are 500,000 of them – the highest number in Europe. But is there an entente cordiale between these French people and their neighbours?"

  • Exploring cross-border integration in Europe: How do populations cross borders and perceive their neighbours?"

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    Exploring cross-border integration in Europe: How do populations cross borders and perceive their neighbours?"

    May 2018

    "Since its creation, the European Union seems to be guided by the idea that an increase in cross-border flows contributes to more European unity. […] In a context characterized by the rise of Euroscepticism, it seems crucial to take a more critical look at actual cross-border integration and to unravel its concrete consequences for the people who live in border regions."

  • Position of the Italy/France Maritime programme on the post-2020 period

    TERRITORIES

    Position of the Italy/France Maritime programme on the post-2020 period

    May 2018

    The 2014-2020 Italy/France Maritime Programme has drafted a position paper on cross-border maritime cooperation after 2020. Its aim is to make a contribution regarding the future organisation of cross-border maritime cooperation, by highlighting the current obstacles, but also the responses provided by ETC programmes.

  • "Reinventing Franco-Walloon cross-border public action"

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    "Reinventing Franco-Walloon cross-border public action"

    May 2018

    The MOT contributed to this publication* produced by the Institut Destrée et Acadie, following a series of Franco-Walloon cross-border seminars entitled "Territoires en trans– : mythologies, réalités et dispositifs" ("Trans- territories: mythologies, realities and mechanisms"). This document (available in French only) provides an in-depth analysis of cooperation between France and Wallonia.

  • EGTC Monitoring Report

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    EGTC Monitoring Report

    May 2018

    The European Committee of the Regions has just published its annual "EGTC Monitoring Report". This publication looks at developments in existing EGTCs and the new ones set up in 2017, as well as implementation of the European regulation on EGTCs. This year, it has focused particularly on the effects of the regulation on regions and cities where EGTCs are active.

  • The cross-border dimension at the heart of the Grand Est Region's "SRADDET" Plan

    TERRITORIES

    The cross-border dimension at the heart of the Grand Est Region's "SRADDET" Plan

    May 2018

    The new French regions have to draw up a "Schéma régional d’aménagement, de développement durable et d’égalité des territoires" (SRADDET – Regional Spatial Planning, Sustainable Development and Territorial Equality Plan). In order to set out a unifying political project for its territory, the Grand Est Region has chosen to place the cross-border dimension at the heart of its actions and to involve its cross-border partners in drawing it up.

  • The MOT is arguing for cross-border citizens' consultations

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    The MOT is arguing for cross-border citizens' consultations

    April 2018

    Citizens' consultations are among President Emmanuel Macron's flagship proposals to give fresh impetus to Europe and "the link between its peoples and European construction". In France, they were launched in April and will continue until October 2018.

  • France: a mission on Franco-German cooperation

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    France: a mission on Franco-German cooperation

    April 2018

    A mission on deepening Franco-German cross-border cooperation, under the aegis of the Minister in charge of European Affairs, Nathalie Loiseau, has just been entrusted to the MP for the Bas-Rhin Department, Sylvain Waserman. The aim is to think about how renewing the Elysée Treaty would help to further develop Franco-German cross-border cooperation. A questionnaire for citizens is open until 30 April.

  • The MOT's Forum: come and participate in the ongoing discussions!

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    The MOT's Forum: come and participate in the ongoing discussions!

    April 2018

    The MOT's Forum was launched in November 2017. It enables players involved in cross-border cooperation to exchange views on different topics as well as on obstacles to cooperation.

  • A cross-border project to predict coastal risks in the Basque Country

    TERRITORIES

    A cross-border project to predict coastal risks in the Basque Country

    April 2018

    MAREA ("Modélisation et Aide à la décision face aux Risques côtiers en Euskal Atlantique" – Modelling and Assistance with Decision-Making faced with Coastal Risks in Atlantic Euskal) is a cross-border research project aimed at gaining a better understanding of storm episodes on the Basque coast, in order to predict risks of coastal flooding and erosion.

  • The Basque Country Conurbation Community, naturally without a border

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    The Basque Country Conurbation Community, naturally without a border

    April 2018

    Editorial by Jean-René Etchegaray, President of the Basque Country Conurbation Community ; and presentation of the MAREA project: "A cross-border project to predict coastal risks in the Basque Country".

  • Launch of the Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropolis's "Parc Bleu"

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    Launch of the Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropolis's "Parc Bleu"

    April 2018

    More than 100 people – elected representatives, technicians and civil society players – took part in the event on 22 March to launch the Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropolis's "Parc Bleu".

  • Agreements signed between France and Luxembourg

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    Agreements signed between France and Luxembourg

    April 2018

    On 20 March 2018, at a summit meeting, France and Luxembourg signed four bilateral agreements, including one to strengthen cooperation with respect to cross-border transport. These are "a set of agreements that have a concrete impact on the daily lives of our citizens. Our objective is joint and equal financing of a number of transport infrastructures," explained the French Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe.

  • The cross-border dimension in the ONERC's report on global warming

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    The cross-border dimension in the ONERC's report on global warming

    April 2018

    The 2017 report of the ONERC – National Observatory on the Effects of Global Warming entitled "Towards a second plan for adaptation to climate change in France – Issues and recommendations" has been published. The MOT wrote section 32 of the report on the cross-border dimension.

  • Creation of a new Franco-Spanish EGTC: "Pirineos-Pyrénées"

    TERRITORIES

    Creation of a new Franco-Spanish EGTC: "Pirineos-Pyrénées"

    April 2018

    A new European Grouping of Cross-Border Cooperation (EGTC) was set up on 13 March 2018. Called "Pirineos-Pyrénées" ("Pyrenees" in Spanish and French), it groups together the main territorial authorities of the centre of the Pyrenees mountain range: the Diputación de Huesca, the Hautes-Pyrénées and Pyrénées-Atlantiques Departments and the Government of Aragon.