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  • Launch of the first call for projects for URBACT III

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    Launch of the first call for projects for URBACT III

    March 2015

    Attended by European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu, the URBACT III programme launch seminar took place on 16 March in Brussels.

  • Inauguration of the first French-Spanish high-voltage line

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    Inauguration of the first French-Spanish high-voltage line

    March 2015

    On 20 February 2015 at Montesquieu-des-Albères in the eastern Pyrenees, French prime minister Manuel Valls and Spanish head of government Mariano Rajoy inaugurated the new high-voltage electricity interconnection line between the two countries.

  • The ACTS initiative of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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    The ACTS initiative of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    March 2015

    This Sahel cross-border cooperation support project of the priority solidarity fund financed by France aims to set up an integrated management strategy for the border areas between Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, through coordinated instruments in the areas of security and development aid.

  • A Moselle strategy in response to Saarland

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    A Moselle strategy in response to Saarland

    March 2015

    In response to the “France Strategy” presented in January 2014 by Saarland, aiming to make the border region a multilingual space by 2043, on 12 February in Forbach Patrick Weiten, leader of the Moselle department council, referred to the department’s “Moselle strategy”, with the opening in June of an “open house of services for Germany” (Mosa).

  • Workshop in Jerusalem

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    Workshop in Jerusalem

    March 2015

    Organised by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and by the IPCC*, and taking place from 9 to 11 February 2015 in Jerusalem, a workshop entitled “Between the Jordan and the Mediterranean: 2050 strategic plan” brought together some twenty Israeli, Palestinian and European experts - including the MOT, the AEBR, the Eurométropole Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai and the PEACE programme in Ireland - on the issues of cross-border cooperation in the Israel-Palestine region.

  • Love Without Borders competition launched

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    Love Without Borders competition launched

    February 2015

    To celebrate the 25th birthday of Interreg this year, a competition "Love without borders" has been launched by the European Commission's Regional Policy DG.

  • Territorial reforms in France: what account is being taken of cross-border cooperation?

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    Territorial reforms in France: what account is being taken of cross-border cooperation?

    February 2015

    On 18 June 2014 in France, the draft legislation concerning the country's new territorial organisation (the NOTRe Act), which provides for a reorganisation of the competences of the territorial authorities at all levels, was submitted to the Senate.

  • INSEE study: “Live in France and work in another country: a fast-growing situation”

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    INSEE study: “Live in France and work in another country: a fast-growing situation”

    March 2015

    According to a study by the INSEE published in February 2015, the number of French people living in France but working abroad has increased by 42% since 1999. The study analyses the different causes and characteristics of the resulting flows.

  • Presidency of the Greater Region: the editorial from Paul Magnette, Minister-President of Wallonia

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    Presidency of the Greater Region: the editorial from Paul Magnette, Minister-President of Wallonia

    February 2015

    "Wallonia is a border territory par excellence: its relations with its neighbours have always played a crucial role in its development."

  • Presidency of the Greater Region: Wallonia's objectives

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    Presidency of the Greater Region: Wallonia's objectives

    February 2015

    Depuis le 1er janvier 2015, la région wallonne a l’honneur et la responsabilité de présider la Grande Région, exercice assumé en étroite collaboration avec ses partenaires belges, la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles et la Communauté germanophone.

  • An EGC for Greater Geneva?

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    An EGC for Greater Geneva?

    February 2015

    Etienne Blanc, MP for the Ain Department and first Vice-President of the French Geneva area Regional Cooperation Assembly (ARC), submitted an amendment to the "NOTRe" draft legislation (in France) to enable border metropolitan conurbations of member countries of the Council of Europe, such as the Swiss Confederation, to participate in a Euroregional Cooperation Grouping (EGC).

  • The MOT has put online 150 maps to illustrate cross-border cooperation

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    The MOT has put online 150 maps to illustrate cross-border cooperation

    February 2015

    Since the overhaul of the MOT's website in November 2013, nearly 150 maps illustrating the intensity of cross-border relations along France's borders have been put online. Presentation of the latest additions.

  • Findings of the EUBORDERREGIONS project on the EU's external borders

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    Findings of the EUBORDERREGIONS project on the EU's external borders

    February 2015

    This European research project, led by the University of Eastern Finland, held its final conference on 20-21 February 2015 in Istanbul. This event was an opportunity to present the findings and the studies carried out during the four-year research project, the aim of which was to analyse regional development at Europe's external borders through cross-border cooperation policies and practices.

  • Meeting between Michel Delebarre and Harlem Désir

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    Meeting between Michel Delebarre and Harlem Désir

    February 2015

    The MOT's President, Michel Delebarre, met Harlem Désir, Secretary of State for European Affairs, on 29 January 2015 in Paris, in order to discuss cross-border cooperation with respect to areas such as jobs, higher education, the environment and healthcare.

  • How international borders affect local public transport: Analyses and evaluations of cross-border agglomerations in Switzerland, France and Germany

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    How international borders affect local public transport: Analyses and evaluations of cross-border agglomerations in Switzerland, France and Germany

    February 2015

    This study focuses on various effects of international borders on local public transport: How does it impact demand, service offer as well as framework conditions?

  • French-Belgian-Luxembourg cross-border healthcare: "new developments for patients"

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    French-Belgian-Luxembourg cross-border healthcare: "new developments for patients"

    February 2015

    View the question put by the MP Philip Cordery on 13 January 2015 at the Assemblée Nationale to Marisol Tourraine, French Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Women's Rights, about cross-border healthcare, and her reply.

  • A strategic plan for the Aquitaine-Euskadi Euroregion

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    A strategic plan for the Aquitaine-Euskadi Euroregion

    February 2015

    On 19 December 2014 in Hendaye, the 2014-2020 strategic plan for the Aquitaine-Euskadi Euroregion EGTC was presented.

  • Meeting of the working group on changes to the MOT

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    Meeting of the working group on changes to the MOT

    January 2015

    After an initial day of discussions by the MOT's network in Paris on 15 October 2014, and an evaluation, in the form of a questionnaire, of its network's activities, structure and needs, a dedicated working group met on 18 December 2014 in the MOT's offices.

  • French-Swiss cooperation to count the real number of border residents

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    French-Swiss cooperation to count the real number of border residents

    January 2015

    The Canton of Geneva and the Ain and Haute-Savoie Departments are going to cooperate in order to better identify "false Swiss residents", who are responsible for a shortfall of nearly €40 million on the French side. It's the first time that the Canton of Geneva is going to provide this type of information to the French authorities.

  • Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropolis: For better access to cross-border jobs

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    Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropolis: For better access to cross-border jobs

    January 2015

    In 2006, under the impetus of civil society, three public employment services (those of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Region, Wallonia and Flanders) and Unizo (the Union of Independent Flemish Entrepreneurs) set up the "Eurometropolis Jobs Forum".

  • Sport without borders

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    Sport without borders

    January 2015

    On 12 December 2014 in Dunkirk, the closing event of the INTERREG project "TransSport – Sport without Borders" was an opportunity to present the achievements of this project, which since 2012 has brought together seven partners from West Flanders and the North of France.

  • Inforailmed, a project to develop rail services in the French-Italian-Monaco border area

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    Inforailmed, a project to develop rail services in the French-Italian-Monaco border area

    January 2015

    Every day, more than 12000 people take the train to cross the border between France, Italy and Monaco, whether for work or for leisure.

  • Conference in Paris on cross-border healthcare

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    Conference in Paris on cross-border healthcare

    January 2015

    On 10 December 2014, the conference entitled "What solutions for cross-border healthcare?" took place at the Assemblée Nationale in Paris. Organised by the Assemblée Nationale's "Border Regions and Workers" study group, with support from the MOT, this conference brought together cross-border healthcare experts and elected representatives from all of France's border areas.

  • Publication of "Vivre et penser la coopération transfrontalière: Vers une cohésion territoriale ?"

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    Publication of "Vivre et penser la coopération transfrontalière: Vers une cohésion territoriale ?"

    January 2015

    Volume 6. Contributions from the research cycle on cross-border cooperation at the University of Strasbourg and the Euro-Institut.

  • Evaluation of the Committee of the Region's (CoR) platforms

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    Evaluation of the Committee of the Region's (CoR) platforms

    January 2015

    On 9 December 2014, the MOT took part in a meeting of the CoR as part of the evaluation of its three platforms: the EGTC Platform, the Europe 2020 Monitoring Platform and the Subsidiarity Monitoring Network.