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  • Interreg 25 years Project Slam: Call for proposal now open!

    EUROPE

    Interreg 25 years Project Slam: Call for proposal now open!

    May 2015

    Who wants to be the most representative Interreg project (and programme) of the last 25 years of Interreg? The Call for proposals is launched (by 20 May 2015).

  • "BORDER +" project: reinventing internal borders of Europe

    EUROPE

    "BORDER +" project: reinventing internal borders of Europe

    May 2015

    The "BORDER +" ptoject proposes a participatory reflection on the future of the internal borders of EU. Following the former Schengen border, a unique exhibition created with the border inhabitants of 8 countries will travel from the Baltic to the Adriatic Sea, reinforcing exchange and sharing visions about the future and the transformation of this regions of Central Europe.

  • Editorial from Damien Castelain, President of the Lille European Metropolis, President of the Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropolis

    TERRITORIES

    Editorial from Damien Castelain, President of the Lille European Metropolis, President of the Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropolis

    April 2015

    On 1 January 2015, the Communauté Urbaine de Lille (Urban Community of Lille) became the Métropole Européenne de Lille (MEL – Lille European Metropolis). The MEL is one of only two cross-border metropolises to be recognised as such by law, alongside Strasbourg.

  • The Lille European Metropolis's commitment to further cross-border cooperation

    TERRITORIES

    The Lille European Metropolis's commitment to further cross-border cooperation

    April 2015

    For the Lille European Metropolis, the proximity of the border constitutes an asset in terms of development and attractiveness.

  • A unifying and citizen-based project for the Doubs Urban Conurbation

    TERRITORIES

    A unifying and citizen-based project for the Doubs Urban Conurbation

    April 2015

    On the territory of the French-Swiss Jura Arc, the Doubs Urban Conurbation (Agglomération Urbaine du Doubs – AUD) has launched a cross-border intercultural and intergenerational project aimed at involving the populations and civil society of the French and Swiss municipalities that make it up: Morteau (F), Villers-le-Lac (F), Les Fins (F), La Chaux-de-Fonds (CH), Le Locle (CH) and Les Brenets (CH).

  • Launch of European programmes

    FRANCE

    Launch of European programmes

    April 2015

    Along France's borders, several INTERREG VA programmes have launched their first calls for projects or are organising their launch events soon.

  • Hollande speaks out for Greater Geneva

    TERRITORIES

    Hollande speaks out for Greater Geneva

    April 2015

    "France and Switzerland declared their mutual friendship on 15th April 2015, without hiding the frictions between the two countries. François Hollande expressed his concern about national preference with regard to employment. […] During his State visit to Bern, the French president, François Hollande, stated before the seven federal councillors that he was making Greater Geneva a priority issue."

  • Discussion day with the SGARs

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    Discussion day with the SGARs

    April 2015

    On 9 April 2015 the General Commission for Territorial Equality and the MOT held a day of discussions with the SGAR* research reference people.

  • "Qu'est-ce qu'une frontière aujourd'hui ?"

    FRANCE

    "Qu'est-ce qu'une frontière aujourd'hui ?"

    April 2015

    "Today, the importance of borders in people’s lives is more than theoretical. Borders unite and divide they have become mobile and individualized, letting some move around freely and restricting access to others."

  • Call for projects from the Aquitaine-Euskadi Euroregion

    TERRITORIES

    Call for projects from the Aquitaine-Euskadi Euroregion

    Avril 2015

    The Aquitaine-Euskadi Euroregion has launched a thematic call for projects in the areas of "Culture, Education, Multilingualism, Sport and Youth".

  • Energy: Europe in networks

    EUROPE

    Energy: Europe in networks

    April 2015

    Some months ahead of the next COP 21, Michel Derdevet, Secretary General of Électricité Réseau Distribution France (ERDF), has published in Documentation française a report for François Hollande entitled "Energy, Europe in networks: twelve proposals for a common energy infrastructure policy".

  • French-German tax agreement

    TERRITORIES

    French-German tax agreement

    April 2015

    The French-German Council of Ministers, which met on 31 March 2015 in Berlin, adopted an amendment to the tax agreement between the two countries.

  • Meeting with George Pau-Langevin, Overseas Minister

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    Meeting with George Pau-Langevin, Overseas Minister

    April 2015

    The MOT's President, Michel Delebarre, met the Overseas Minister, George Pau-Langevin, on 31 March 2015 in Paris, in order to discuss the need to establish a permanent connection between "cross-border territorial issues" and "overseas regions".

  • "Alsace 2030"

    TERRITORIES

    "Alsace 2030"

    April 2015

    The Alsace Region has just published "Alsace 2030 – a project for the whole of Alsace", the fruit of work carried out during 2014 at the Region's instigation, in a process of broad consultation with all of the territory's active stakeholders.

  • Editorial from Jean Rottner, Mayor of Mulhouse, President of the FNAU: The EuroAirport, a French-Swiss success story

    TERRITORIES

    Editorial from Jean Rottner, Mayor of Mulhouse, President of the FNAU: The EuroAirport, a French-Swiss success story

    March 2015

    The world’s only binational airport, located in the French-German-Swiss region, the Basel-Mulhouse EuroAirport is an example in terms of cross-border cooperation.

  • Mulhouse and Switzerland: 500 years of history in common

    TERRITORIES

    Mulhouse and Switzerland: 500 years of history in common

    March 2015

    2015 marks the 500th anniversary of the alliance between Mulhouse and the Swiss Confederation. An occasion to throw light on the strength of the historical links as the roots of today’s cross-border cooperation and to celebrate the event by making 2015 "The year of Switzerland in Mulhouse".

  • KiosK office: opening of the first cross-border co-working space in Europe

    TERRITORIES

    KiosK office: opening of the first cross-border co-working space in Europe

    March 2015

    Starting in January 2015, business creation consultancy cooperative START HOP welcomes French-German entrepreneurs to its convivial “KiosK office” spaces at locations in Strasbourg and Offenburg, helping them to develop their market with a 360° view.

  • Luxembourg presidency of the EU Council: Identifying the obstacles to cooperation

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    Luxembourg presidency of the EU Council: Identifying the obstacles to cooperation

    March 2015

    The MOT network is mobilised under EU Luxembourg's presidency (2nd half of 2015) to identify the obstacles to cross-border cooperation. In this context, a workshop "The need for specific legal provisions to boost cross-border cooperation" is organised by the Presidency on 19th May 2015.

  • Launch of the first call for projects for URBACT III

    EUROPE

    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

    TERRITORIES

    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

    FRANCE

    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

    TERRITORIES

    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

    EUROPE

    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?

    FRANCE

    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.