News

  • "Regions and innovation: Collaborating across borders"

    EUROPE

    "Regions and innovation: Collaborating across borders"

    January 2014

    This OECD report, published in December 2013, to which the MOT contributed, analyses cross-border cooperation in the area of innovation, based on the study of six cross-border regions: Oresund (Denmark-Sweden), Helsinki-Tallinn (Finland-Estonia), the Bothnian Arc (Sweden-Finland), Hedmark–Dalarna (Norway-Sweden), Ireland-Northern Ireland, Top Technology Region/Eindhoven-Leuven-Aachen Triangle (Netherlands-Germany-Belgium).

  • Cross-border study on the Jura Arc

    TERRITORIES

    Cross-border study on the Jura Arc

    December 2013

    In 2013, the MOT conducted a large-scale study aimed at defining the priority areas for the development of the French-Swiss Jura Arc. This cross-border territory encompasses the Franche-Comté Region and the Swiss cantons of Bern, the Jura, Neuchâtel and Vaud.

  • Meeting with border region MPs

    MOT

    Meeting with border region MPs

    December 2013

    On 4 December, the MOT’s Chairman, Michel Delebarre*, and the MOT team took part in a hearing at the National Assembly conducted by Philip Cordery, Chairman of the parliamentary study group on cross-border cooperation, along with numerous French MPs for border areas.

  • Breda Pecan: “National boundaries are coming to be seen more and more as reservoirs of untapped potential, rather than as obstacles to cooperation”

    EUROPE

    Breda Pecan: “National boundaries are coming to be seen more and more as reservoirs of untapped potential, rather than as obstacles to cooperation”

    December 2013

    The Council of Europe adopted a report on "Prospects for effective transfrontier cooperation in Europe".

  • Two questions to the Groupement transfrontalier européen on French-Swiss cross-border work

    TERRITORIES

    Two questions to the Groupement transfrontalier européen on French-Swiss cross-border work

    December 2013

    Michel Charrat, Chairman of the Groupement transfrontalier européen (GTE, European Cross-Border Grouping), an association that defends the rights of cross-border workers along the French-Swiss border, replies to our questions.

  • Marine straits - Important territories for Europe

    EUROPE

    Marine straits - Important territories for Europe

    December 2013

    At the instigation of the department of Pas-de-Calais and Kent County Council (United Kingdom), which are on either side of the Pas-de-Calais Strait – one of the busiest in the world – the European Straits Initiative has since 2009 brought together a network of 15 local authorities bordering 8 European straits from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean.

  • Advances contained in the new EGTC regulation

    EUROPE

    Advances contained in the new EGTC regulation

    November 2013

    On 20 November 2013, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the new regulation relating to the EGTC. This regulation will help to clarify, simplify and improve the creation and functioning of EGTCs.

  • Adoption of the Multiannual Financial Framework and the legislative package for Cohesion Policy
  • Final conference of the CAMIS project

    TERRITORIES

    Final conference of the CAMIS project

    November 2013

    The final conference of the French-British project CAMIS (Channel Arc Manche Integrated Strategy) took place on 21 November 2013 in Rouen.

  • Five seminars on cross-border operational arrangements

    MOT

    Five seminars on cross-border operational arrangements

    November 2013

    The MOT organized five information seminars in September and October 2013 on operational arrangements for cross-border projects on French borders. Each seminar covered one or two of the French borders. Consult the documentation.

  • Welcome to the new MOT website!

    MOT

    Welcome to the new MOT website!

    Novembre 2013

    The Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière and its president Michel Delebarre invite you to discover the new version of the MOT website: a unique resource centre for cross-border cooperation in Europe!

  • "Marittime-Mercantour": Cross-border bid to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site

    TERRITORIES

    "Marittime-Mercantour": Cross-border bid to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site

    November 2013

    The bid by the French-Italian cross-border area “Marittime-Mercantour” to be included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List was officially submitted on 18 November 2013 in Breil-sur-Roya (France).

  • Forum of the Basque Eurocity

    TERRITORIES

    Forum of the Basque Eurocity

    November 2013

    Organised by the Cross-Border Agency for the Development of the Basque Eurocity and the Donostia-San Sebastián City Hall on 14-15 November 2013 in San Sebastián, this event brought together the political, technical, institutional and socio-economic representatives of the Basque Eurocity.

  • French-Belgian-UK legal seminar

    MOT

    French-Belgian-UK legal seminar

    October 2013

    The seminar on legal instruments for cross-border projects organised by the MOT on 29 October 2013 in Lille (at the Nord-Pas de Calais Conseil Régional) brought together nearly 70 French, Belgian and English players involved in cross-border cooperation.

  • The “cross-border healthcare” directive

    EUROPE

    The “cross-border healthcare” directive

    October 2013

    The European directive on cross-border healthcare came into force on 25 October 2013. Its aim is to facilitate the organisation of scheduled treatment for and reimbursement of patients who receive medical treatment or an operation outside of their country of residence.

  • Legal seminar on the French-German-Luxembourg border

    MOT

    Legal seminar on the French-German-Luxembourg border

    October 2013

    Over 50 practitioners participated in the seminar on the legal instruments for cross-border projects organised by the MOT on 17 October 2013 in Sarreguemines and hosted by the Communauté d’Agglomération Sarreguemines Confluences (Sarreguemines Confluences Agglomeration Community).

  • Preparation of the France Partnership Agreement 2014-2020

    FRANCE

    Preparation of the France Partnership Agreement 2014-2020

    October 2013

    In the context of the programming of European funds for the period 2014-2020, each Member State is required to draw up a Partnership Agreement. A first version of this agreement has been published in France.

  • European recognition for the Hainaut Cross-border Nature Park

    TERRITORIES

    European recognition for the Hainaut Cross-border Nature Park

    October 2013

    The Parc Naturel Régional Scarpe-Escaut (France) and the Parc Naturel des Plaines de l’Escaut (Belgium), which together form the Hainaut Cross-border Nature Park, received the “Transboundary Park” certificate at the closing ceremony of the annual conference of the EUROPARC Federation on 12 October 2013 in Hungary.

  • OPEN DAYS 2013: The CECICN workshop - and Launching of an Award for the EGTCs!
  • European Cooperation Day celebrated on 21st September 2013

    EUROPE

    European Cooperation Day celebrated on 21st September 2013

    September 2013

    Territorial cooperation programmes and projects celebrated European Cooperation Day for the second consecutive year on 21 September 2013.

  • Budapest Platform seminar

    MOT

    Budapest Platform seminar

    July 2013

    The Budapest Platform organised a seminar on 2 July at the Union Benelux headquarters in Brussels on the role of the national level in supporting cross-border cooperation.

  • "Renewable Energies" Working Group

    MOT

    "Renewable Energies" Working Group

    June 2013

    On 27 June, the Working Group of the MOT network on cross-border cooperation on renewable energy met in Paris (in the premises of the DATAR) in the presence of DG REGIO and the DATAR. The participants were able to review cross-border cooperation issues in the field, discuss their approaches to programming and territorial planning and determine their priorities in this rapidly developing field.

  • The MOT network pays homage to Pierre Mauroy

    MOT

    The MOT network pays homage to Pierre Mauroy

    June 2013

    It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Pierre Mauroy. He was a major architect of decentralisation, of the construction of Europe and of cross-border cooperation. He was also a great president for the Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière from 2001 to 2008, and subsequently continued to provide guidance for it as honorary president. We were honoured to work with him. A major figure has left us.

  • Two MOT position statements

    MOT

    Two MOT position statements

    May 2013

    The two latest MOT position statements at European level are on: "Border workers" and "Assessment of territorial impacts". They concern two consultations launched by the Committeee of the Regions:

  • European agreement on the revision of the EGTC regulation

    EUROPE

    European agreement on the revision of the EGTC regulation

    May 2013

    The Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission reached agreement on 27 May in Brussels on the text of the new EGTC regulation.