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  • 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.

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

    FRANCE

    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

    TERRITORIES

    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

    TERRITORIES

    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?

    TERRITORIES

    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

    MOT

    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

    EUROPE

    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

    MOT

    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

    PUBLICATION

    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"

    FRANCE

    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

    TERRITORIES

    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

    MOT

    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

    TERRITORIES

    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

    TERRITORIES

    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

    TERRITORIES

    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

    MOT

    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 ?"

    PUBLICATION

    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

    EUROPE

    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.

  • A European project for greater security on the Rhine

    TERRITORIES

    A European project for greater security on the Rhine

    January 2015

    After the launch in 2008 of the first French-German rapid intervention facility on the Rhine – the "Europa 1 fire-boat" – the Fire and Rescue Service of the Bas-Rhin Department has worked for five years on the implementation of a new INTERREG project focused on the training of rescue services in the Upper Rhine in combating river-related risks.

  • MOT Wishes

    MOT

    MOT Wishes

    January 2015

    “Cooperation and partnership are the only route that offers any hope of a better future for all humanity.” Kofi Annan, politician and former Secretary-General of the United Nations.

  • Interreg VA 2 Seas: first call for proposals

    TERRITORIES

    Interreg VA 2 Seas: first call for proposals

    January 2015

    The first call for proposals under the 2 Seas Programme (2014-2020) between France and the United Kingdom has been launched (deadline for the first stage: 15 February).

  • The Basque Eurocity sketched by its young inhabitants

    TERRITORIES

    The Basque Eurocity sketched by its young inhabitants

    December 2014

    Since September and until February 2015, young people from both sides of the Bidasoa River are working on the "Basque Eurocity of the future".

  • Towards new interclustering projects in Aquitaine-Euskadi

    TERRITORIES

    Towards new interclustering projects in Aquitaine-Euskadi

    December 2014

    The cross-border chamber of commerce for the Basque Country, BIHARTEAN, and the Euskadi Institute of Competitiveness, ORKESTRA, have for more than a year been implementing a cross-border interclustering initiative, recognised as a project of Euroregional interest by the Aquitaine-Euskadi EGTC*.

  • The REGIO PAMINA Eurodistrict: a day devoted to cross-border employment

    TERRITORIES

    The REGIO PAMINA Eurodistrict: a day devoted to cross-border employment

    December 2014

    The cross-border labour market was the leitmotif of the event held on Thursday, 27 November 2014 by the REGIO PAMINA Eurodistrict and the social enterprise Neue Arbeit in Lauterbourg. Around 60 French and German players from the political sphere, administration and economy came together to take part in two roundtables on this topic.