News

  • Cancellation of the Strasbourg marathon and other cross-border sporting events under threat

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    Cancellation of the Strasbourg marathon and other cross-border sporting events under threat

    March 2016

    The 2016 edition of the Strasbourg-Ortenau Eurodistrict marathon has been cancelled due to "participation by German runners being too low". With a cross-border route (13 km Germany and 29 km in France), it was the only binational marathon in the world.

  • The 2016 "Science Offensive" has been launched

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    The 2016 "Science Offensive" has been launched

    March 2016

    The Upper Rhine Trinational Metropolitan Region is renewing its scheme to finance cross-border projects in the area of research and innovation entitled the "Science Offensive".

  • Meeting of the cross-border group of the Committee of the Regions

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    Meeting of the cross-border group of the Committee of the Regions

    March 2016

    The "cross-border cooperation" interregional group of the Committee of the Regions, which was set up in July 2015, held its second meeting on 11 February 2016 in Brussels.

  • Conference "Building beyond the border" on 27 February 2016

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    Conference "Building beyond the border" on 27 February 2016

    March 2016

    "There is no more contemporary phenomenon than that linked to borders," emphasised Jean-Barthélemy Debost, head of the network and partnerships department at the National Museum of the History of Immigration, in his opening address to the conference organised on 27 February by the MOT in connection with the exhibition "Frontières" ("Borders") in Paris.

  • The MOT's contribution on the topic of tourism

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    The MOT's contribution on the topic of tourism

    March 2016

    The MOT made a contribution on the topic of cross-border tourism in Europe to the Commission for Natural Resources ("NAT") of the Committee of the Regions, which is currently working on an opinion on the subject entitled "Tourism as a driving force for regional cooperation across the EU".

  • Cooperation between rural areas on the German-Luxembourg border

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    Cooperation between rural areas on the German-Luxembourg border

    March 2016

    The first-ever cross-border regional development strategy since the launch of the European programme LEADER is being put in place along the Moselle River where it divides Germany and Luxembourg.

  • Cross-border economic development: a challenge for Martinique

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    Cross-border economic development: a challenge for Martinique

    February 2016

    Martinique's potential for economic development with the other countries of the Greater Caribbean is underexploited.

  • Editorial from Dr. Fritz Pinnock, Executive Director, Caribbean Maritime Institute (Jamaica)

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    Editorial from Dr. Fritz Pinnock, Executive Director, Caribbean Maritime Institute (Jamaica)

    February 2016

    The Greater Caribbean comprises 4.3 million km2 of water stretching from the Caribbean Sea to the Gulf of Mexico, and numbers 800 million inhabitants.

  • European programmes, calls for projects issued: position yourselves!

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    European programmes, calls for projects issued: position yourselves!

    February 2016

    All of the territorial cooperation operational programmes for the 2014-2020 period have been approved by the European Commission, and the first calls for projects have been issued.

  • What would be the economic consequences of abandoning the Schengen agreements?

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    What would be the economic consequences of abandoning the Schengen agreements?

    February 2016

    France-Stratégie has published an analysis of the economic consequences of abandoning the Schengen agreements.

  • New measures to promote the learning of German in East Moselle

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    New measures to promote the learning of German in East Moselle

    February 2016

    As set out on 22 January 2016 by Patrick Weiten, president of the Moselle Conseil Départemental and first vice-president of the Alsace Champagne-Ardenne Lorraine Region responsible for territorial and cross-border cooperation, the Trilingua scheme aimed at promoting the learning of German in Moselle is being replaced by two new experiments in this regard.

  • A university for Europe: Eucor – The European Campus

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    A university for Europe: Eucor – The European Campus

    February 2016

    The first European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) to be set up by an alliance of universities is located in the Upper Rhine area.

  • The MOT's operational studies since its creation in 1997 now available online

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    The MOT's operational studies since its creation in 1997 now available online

    February 2016

    A new section on the MOT's website lists more than 130 operational studies that have been produced by the MOT since it was set up in 1997.

  • The end of double taxation for former cross-border worker pensioners

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    The end of double taxation for former cross-border worker pensioners

    February 2016

    Since 1 January 2016, pensioners in French and German border regions who previously worked in the other country no longer run the risk of being taxed twice.

  • Publication: "City-networks and spatial rescaling in the Baltic Sea area"

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    Publication: "City-networks and spatial rescaling in the Baltic Sea area"

    February 2016

    Doctoral thesis in geography by Nicolas Escach, under the supervision of Lydia Coudroy from Lille and Boris Grésillon, defended in 2014 at the École normale supérieure in Lyons. Published in French – Abstract in English.

  • Cross-border masterclass

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    Cross-border masterclass

    February 2016

    From 26 to 28 January 2016 in Marseilles, the Institut Catholique de la Méditerranée, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region and the Villa Méditerranée jointly organised, together with lecturers and students from different universities, the fourth edition of the " Trans/frontières et dialogue des disciplines" ("Cross/boundaries and dialogue between disciplines") on the topic "The age of transitions to another generation of players?".

  • A cross-border platform dedicated to businesses in the Greater Region

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    A cross-border platform dedicated to businesses in the Greater Region

    January 2016

    The "Grex" platform was set up on 4 January 2016 in order to provide operational support to any sole trader or SME wishing to develop an economic partnership in the Greater Region.

  • Overcoming the obstacles to cross-border cooperation: the MOT's position within the framework of the DG REGIO's "Cross-Border Review"

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    Overcoming the obstacles to cross-border cooperation: the MOT's position within the framework of the DG REGIO's "Cross-Border Review"

    January 2016

    Since September 2015, DG REGIO's cross-border cooperation unit has been carrying out a large-scale initiative known as the "Cross-Border Review" aimed at analysing the administrative and legal obstacles that persist along the European Union's internal borders.

  • Services offered to the members of the MOT network: all of the "service vouchers" online

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    Services offered to the members of the MOT network: all of the "service vouchers" online

    January 2016

    Since it was set up in 1997, the MOT has developed operational and legal expertise on many cross-border topics. Network members have first call on this experience. In 2011, the MOT introduced the "service vouchers", which enable every member along France's borders to benefit from one day of work per year from the MOT's technical team. It is now making available in the members' space on its website the technical notes produced in this context [in French only].

  • A territorial project for Greater Geneva

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    A territorial project for Greater Geneva

    January 2016

    In October 2015, the Greater Geneva local grouping of cross-border cooperation (LGCC) launched an initiative to draw up a territorial project for the whole of the French-Vaud-Geneva conurbation for the 2016-2030 period. This process of reflection will be completed at the end of this year. It involves the elected representatives of the region, both Swiss and French, and cross-border civil society organised through the Greater Geneva Conurbation Forum.

  • Editorial from the political representatives of the Greater Geneva
  • Unemployed in France, unemployable in Switzerland

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    Unemployed in France, unemployable in Switzerland

    January 2016

    At the end of 2015, the European Cross-Border Grouping (Groupement Transfrontalier Européen, GTE) was alerted by Switzerland's temping agencies regarding the difficulties they are encountering in hiring French unemployed people as temporary workers.

  • A new president for the Leman Council

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    A new president for the Leman Council

    January 2016

    On 3 December 2015, Jacques Melly, the President of the Conseil d'Etat of the Canton of Valais, handed over the presidency of the Leman Council to Virginie Duby-Muller, Vice-President in charge of cooperation and cross-border affairs of the Haute-Savoie Conseil Départemental, who is also Vice-President of the MOT.

  • Tensions around the Öresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden

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    Tensions around the Öresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden

    January 2016

    Following Sweden's decision to introduce on 4 January 2016 systematic checks on all people coming from Denmark in order to better control the influx of refugees, the 15,000 cross-border workers who every day travel by public transport between the two countries across the famous Öresund Bridge, a symbol of the two countries' long-standing and extensive cross-border integration, are facing long queues on a daily basis.

  • EU to invest €1 billion in regions along its external borders

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    EU to invest €1 billion in regions along its external borders

    January 2016

    The European Commission has adopted a series of cross-border cooperation programmes totalling €1 billion, supporting social and economic development in the regions on both sides of the EU's external borders.