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  • 5th Master-Class in Marseille

    TERRITORIES

    5th Master-Class in Marseille

    February 2017

    The 5th “Trans/frontières et dialogue des disciplines” [Cross/borders and dialogue between disciplines] Master-class was held in Marseille from 18 to 20 January 2017, on the topic “Young professionals and neighbourhood/proximity relations within the European Union? Between Conflict and Cooperation”.

  • The PAMINA Eurodistrict has become an EGTC

    TERRITORIES

    The PAMINA Eurodistrict has become an EGTC

    Janvier 2017

    The ceremony to mark the setting-up of an EGTC for the PAMINA Eurodistrict on the Franco-German border took place on 11 January 2017 in Haguenau. This new status is being accompanied by changes in the structure's governance, the main aims of which for 2017 are set out here.

  • Editorial by Rémi Bertrand, President of the PAMINA Eurodistrict EGTC

    TERRITORIES

    Editorial by Rémi Bertrand, President of the PAMINA Eurodistrict EGTC

    January 2017

    After 30 years of cooperation in the PAMINA area and 14 years operating as a local grouping of cross-border cooperation (LGCC), the member local authorities agreed on the principle of turning it into an EGTC.

  • Studies produced by the MOT in 2016

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    Studies produced by the MOT in 2016

    January 2017

    The MOT assists players involved in cross-border cooperation through studies and expert assignments. In 2016, it carried out or began work on 12 operational studies.

  • Franco-Swiss cooperation: good news for cross-border workers

    TERRITORIES

    Franco-Swiss cooperation: good news for cross-border workers

    January 2017

    Michel Charrat, the President of the European Cross-Border Grouping and Treasurer of the MOT, gives us his analysis of the implementation of the vote in February 2014 in Switzerland, which was aimed at restricting the number of foreign workers.

  • Kussbus – an innovative transport service aimed at cross-border workers in the Greater Region

    TERRITORIES

    Kussbus – an innovative transport service aimed at cross-border workers in the Greater Region

    January 2017

    Kussbus is a Luxembourg start-up which has just launched an innovative home-work shuttle service in the Luxembourg-France-Belgium-Germany border territory.

  • Cross-border Co-operation and Policy Networks in West Africa

    PUBLICATION

    Cross-border Co-operation and Policy Networks in West Africa

    January 2017

    This publication examines how policy actors involved in cross-border co-operation contribute to the regional integration process in West Africa.

  • Two calls for projects: "Urban Innovative Actions" and URBACT "good practices"
  • A parliamentary report addresses the issue of French disabled people in Belgium

    FRANCE

    A parliamentary report addresses the issue of French disabled people in Belgium

    January 2017

    A report by the Senate released on 14 December 2016 sets out proposals to improve the care given to French disabled people in Belgian institutions.

  • Final meeting of the Cross-Border Review group of experts

    EUROPE

    Final meeting of the Cross-Border Review group of experts

    January 2017

    The MOT took part in the fourth and final meeting of Cross-Border Review experts that took place on 15 December in Brussels.

  • A Franco-Swiss "Community of Knowledge"

    TERRITORIES

    A Franco-Swiss "Community of Knowledge"

    January 2017

    At a meeting in Belfort on 1 December 2016, a framework agreement bringing together seven universities in the Franco-Swiss Jura Arc was signed, putting in place a "Community of Knowledge".

  • Editorial from Xavier Faure, Project Manager, Occitanie Regional Healthcare Agency

    TERRITORIES

    Editorial from Xavier Faure, Project Manager, Occitanie Regional Healthcare Agency

    December 2016

    The Cerdanya Hospital, which is located on the border between France and Spain in the Catalan Pyrenees, is an unprecedented example in Europe of cooperation in healthcare (between the Autonomous Community of Catalonia and France).

  • The cross-border Cerdanya Hospital: an example of successful cooperation

    TERRITORIES

    The cross-border Cerdanya Hospital: an example of successful cooperation

    December 2016

    To be able to treat someone rapidly after a stroke requires coordination between local emergency services and specialist neurology and neurosurgery departments.

  • The "Diplomacy and Territories" White Paper online

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    The "Diplomacy and Territories" White Paper online

    December 2016

    Endorsed on 23 November 2016 by the plenary session of the National Commission for Decentralised Cooperation (CNCD), the "Diplomacy and Territories" White Paper of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development is online on the website of the DAECT (Délégation pour l'action extérieure des collectivités territoriales (Delegation for the External Action of Territorial Authorities).

  • Study on the Greater Region's territorial development plan

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    Study on the Greater Region's territorial development plan

    December 2016

    At the request of Luxembourg's Ministry for Sustainable Development and Infrastructures, acting on behalf of the different bodies of the Greater Region's Summit, a consortium led by the North Lorraine urban planning agency (AGAPE) in collaboration with the MOT, the urban planning agencies of Metz (AGURAM) and Nancy (ADUAN), and the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, carried out an assignment to assist with the drawing-up of the Greater Region's territorial development plan.

  • The Territorial Observatory's 2016 Report

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    The Territorial Observatory's 2016 Report

    December 2016

    The Territorial Observatory's 2016 Report on the topic "Employment and Territories" has just been published by the General Commission for Territorial Equality (CGET).

  • Signature of the "Greater Geneva Territorial Project 2016-2030"

    TERRITORIES

    Signature of the "Greater Geneva Territorial Project 2016-2030"

    December 2016

    Nearly 200 people gathered on 8 December 2016 in Geneva for the signature of the "Greater Geneva Territorial Project 2016-2030", a third generation conurbation project: "We want to move from a financial rationale to a common political vision. We want to make Greater Geneva a collective, shared project that is led by the territory's citizens and stakeholders. We want to work towards the concrete and effective realisation of projects."

  • ESPON seminar: "Where are European cities heading? Evidence for better policy-making"

    EUROPE

    ESPON seminar: "Where are European cities heading? Evidence for better policy-making"

    December 2016

    A seminar organised by the ESPON programme and the Slovak presidency of the EU Council was held in Bratislava on 7-8 December 2016. Its objective was to promote the use of ESPON's findings and tools in decision-making processes, and to discuss future issues for European territories.

  • The EU proposes a revision of the rules on the provision of unemployment benefits between Member States

    EUROPE

    The EU proposes a revision of the rules on the provision of unemployment benefits between Member States

    December 2016

    On 13 December in Strasbourg, the European Commission presented a revision of the European rules on the provision of unemployment benefits for cross-border workers and also for job-seekers in another Member State, in order to facilitate labour mobility.

  • The Atlas of Borders: Walls, Conflicts, Migrations

    PUBLICATION

    The Atlas of Borders: Walls, Conflicts, Migrations

    December 2016

    "There are borders that can be easily crossed and others that are impassable; there are visible borders and invisible borders; there are political, economic and cultural borders… This first atlas devoted to borders helps us to better understand the issues that are concealed behind the lines that separate or link peoples."

  • 5th Franco-Luxembourg intergovernmental commission (IGC)

    TERRITORIES

    5th Franco-Luxembourg intergovernmental commission (IGC)

    December 2016

    The 5th Franco-Luxembourg intergovernmental commission (IGC) for the strengthening of cross-border cooperation was held on 21 November 2016 in Luxembourg, in the presence of Harlem Désir, Secretary of State for European Affairs (FR), and Corinne Cahen, Minister for the Greater Region (LU).

  • "Un territoire, une rivière"*, a French-Swiss publication

    PUBLICATION

    "Un territoire, une rivière"*, a French-Swiss publication

    December 2016

    The Jura Arc Cross-Border Forum commissioned an original piece of work from Thomas Brasey as part of his thematic cycle entitled "Le Doubs Miroir" ("The Doubs Mirror") in order for him to train his photographer's eye on the cross-border territory between Saint-Ursanne in the Swiss Jura and Saint-Hippolyte in Franche-Comté, two municipalities linked by the river Doubs.

  • Editorial from Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (France)

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    Editorial from Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (France)

    November 2016

    After several decades of innovative projects undertaken between neighbouring countries, cross-border territories have become shared living spaces, and places for discovering a “European citizenship” experienced in daily life.

  • The White Paper "Diplomacy and Territories" of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: "A genuine strategy for cross-border cooperation"

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    The White Paper "Diplomacy and Territories" of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: "A genuine strategy for cross-border cooperation"

    November 2016

    The members of the CNCD (National Commission for Decentralized Cooperation) approved on 23 November 2016 a White Paper entitled “Diplomatie et territoires" (Diplomacy and Territories) proposed by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development.

  • Call for proposals for facilitating transport connections in Europe

    EUROPE

    Call for proposals for facilitating transport connections in Europe

    November 2016

    Within the framework of the Connecting Europe Facility, the European Commission has launched three calls for proposals concerning the implementation of large European transport networks, amounting to 1.9 billion euros. One of the main goals of these projects focuses on interoperability and the reduction of “missing links” in infrastructure, at a cross-border scale.