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  • 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.

  • A European project for greater security on the Rhine

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

  • A difficult year for Greater Geneva

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    A difficult year for Greater Geneva

    December 2014

    This year of 2014 has been a difficult one for "Greater Geneva".

  • Experiment in Alsace and Lorraine?

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    Experiment in Alsace and Lorraine?

    December 2014

    "During a visit to Lorraine on 24 November, the French President, François Hollande, proposed an 'experiment' with the carbon tax in Alsace and Lorraine, two regions that are in favour of the measure, which has been abandoned at national level.

  • MOT study on French-Belgian cross-border cooperation

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    MOT study on French-Belgian cross-border cooperation

    December 2014

    As 2014 draws to a close, the technical work to update the report of the French-Belgian parliamentary working group (GTPFB), initiated by the prefecture of the Nord-Pas de Calais Region, is being finalised. This initiative has benefited from the support and expertise of the MOT.

  • The Committee of the Regions stresses the need to speed up implementation of partnership agreements and operational programmes

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    The Committee of the Regions stresses the need to speed up implementation of partnership agreements and operational programmes

    December 2014

    Following the General Affairs Council, Michel Lebrun, the President of the Committee of the Regions, saluted the efforts made by the European Council and the European Commission to speed up the adoption and implementation of partnership agreements and operational programmes within the framework of cohesion policy.

  • 2 Seas Programme

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    2 Seas Programme

    December 2014

    The event to launch the 2 Seas operational programme (France-United Kingdom) was held on 20-21 November 2014 in Saint André lez Lille and brought together more than 620 participants.

  • 35th national meeting of urban planning public agencies

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    35th national meeting of urban planning public agencies

    December 2014

    At this meeting entitled "A la recherche du bien commun territorial" ("The search for the territorial common good"), held on 17-18 November 2014 in Paris, a workshop was devoted to an international topic: "Sustainable metropolises in the European and international urban agenda", in which the MOT took part.

  • Conference in Russia

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    Conference in Russia

    December 2014

    Jean Peyrony, the MOT's Director General, took part in the 10th conference entitled "Cross-border cooperation: Russian Federation, European Union and Norway", which took place in St Petersburg on 14 November 2014.

  • An Evaluation of Tax-Benefit Systems Impact on the Welfare of Frontier Workers. The Case of Luxembourg and Belgium

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    An Evaluation of Tax-Benefit Systems Impact on the Welfare of Frontier Workers. The Case of Luxembourg and Belgium

    December 2014

    The thesis is about the differences in social security systems and taxes in the European Union’s context (looking at the selected country cases) and how these affect the income of individuals who reside in one country, but commute daily or weekly to another country for work, while keeping their residence place constant (called ‘frontier workers’).

  • Seminar to launch the 2014-2020 programming period in Montpellier

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    Seminar to launch the 2014-2020 programming period in Montpellier

    November 2014

    In France, the Government and the regions launched the 2014-2020 programming period for European funds at a seminar held in Montpellier on 14 November 2014, in the presence notably of Sylvia Pinel, the Minister of Housing, Territorial Equality and the Countryside, and Harlem Désir, the Secretary of State for European Affairs.

  • Summit on the EuroAirport

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    Summit on the EuroAirport

    November 2014

    On 30 October 2014, French President François Hollande received Didier Burkhalter, President of the Swiss Confederation, to talk in particular about the cross-border airport in Basel-Mulhouse, a subject of disagreement between Paris and Bern since the summer.

  • Two workshops on cross-border economic development held at the MOT's offices

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    Two workshops on cross-border economic development held at the MOT's offices

    November 2014

    As part of its project on cross-border economic development, co-financed by the technical assistance programme Europ’Act, the MOT held two workshops on 27-28 October in Paris in order to prepare the drafting of two handbooks on this topic.

  • The "Espace Pourtalet": from border to symbol of cooperation

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    The "Espace Pourtalet": from border to symbol of cooperation

    November 2014

    On 27 October 2014, the two member institutions of the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC), set up in 2011 by the Pyrénées Atlantiques Department and the Government of Aragon, inaugurated the Espace Pourtalet Centre, the first concrete result of the work carried out by the EGTC. Located in a converted former Spanish customs house, this new facility comprises a cross-border snow-clearing centre and a cross-border resource centre.

  • The BRIT international conference: "The border, a source of innovation"

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    The BRIT international conference: "The border, a source of innovation"

    November 2014

    On 4-7 November 2014, in Arras, Lille and Mons, the BRIT's 14th international conference1 was held. The aim was to contribute, in a cross-disciplinary approach, to collective reflections on innovations related to border and cross-border dynamics.