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  • Launch of the Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropolis's "Parc Bleu"

    TERRITORIES

    Launch of the Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropolis's "Parc Bleu"

    April 2018

    More than 100 people – elected representatives, technicians and civil society players – took part in the event on 22 March to launch the Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropolis's "Parc Bleu".

  • Agreements signed between France and Luxembourg

    NATIONAL LEVEL

    Agreements signed between France and Luxembourg

    April 2018

    On 20 March 2018, at a summit meeting, France and Luxembourg signed four bilateral agreements, including one to strengthen cooperation with respect to cross-border transport. These are "a set of agreements that have a concrete impact on the daily lives of our citizens. Our objective is joint and equal financing of a number of transport infrastructures," explained the French Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe.

  • The cross-border dimension in the ONERC's report on global warming

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    The cross-border dimension in the ONERC's report on global warming

    April 2018

    The 2017 report of the ONERC – National Observatory on the Effects of Global Warming entitled "Towards a second plan for adaptation to climate change in France – Issues and recommendations" has been published. The MOT wrote section 32 of the report on the cross-border dimension.

  • Creation of a new Franco-Spanish EGTC: "Pirineos-Pyrénées"

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    Creation of a new Franco-Spanish EGTC: "Pirineos-Pyrénées"

    April 2018

    A new European Grouping of Cross-Border Cooperation (EGTC) was set up on 13 March 2018. Called "Pirineos-Pyrénées" ("Pyrenees" in Spanish and French), it groups together the main territorial authorities of the centre of the Pyrenees mountain range: the Diputación de Huesca, the Hautes-Pyrénées and Pyrénées-Atlantiques Departments and the Government of Aragon.

  • Urban hubs – accelerators of territorial cooperation

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    Urban hubs – accelerators of territorial cooperation

    April 2018

    The MOT has contributed to this publication produced by the French Urban Planning Agencies Network (FNAU), in two chapters: "Urban hubs and cross-border cooperation – a tool for dialogue across borders" and "How is inter-territoriality dealt with in other European countries?"

  • "Frontières" ("Borders")

    PUBLICATION

    "Frontières" ("Borders")

    April 2018

    An academic publication edited by François Moullé, lecturer and agrégé in geography. In the collection "Parcours Universitaires", Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux, 2017.

  • Cross-border cooperation: "a vector of good practices in other continents"

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    Cross-border cooperation: "a vector of good practices in other continents"

    March 2018

    The magazine Raisonnance of the International Association of Francophone Mayors has published an article by Olivier Denert, the MOT's Secretary General, entitled "Le transfrontalier en Europe : un cas particulier du développement territorial et porteur de bonnes pratiques sur d'autres continents" ("Cross-border co-operation in Europe: a particular instance of territorial development and a vector of good practices in other continents").

  • Towards a new European legal tool: the ECBC

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    Towards a new European legal tool: the ECBC

    March 2018

    The intergovernmental working group on innovative solutions to cross-border obstacles met for the sixth time on 6 February 2018. It is working on the proposal for a new European tool dedicated to cross-border cooperation: the European Cross-Border Convention (ECBC).

  • Aquitaine-Euskadi: Boosting cross-border employment

    TERRITORIES

    Aquitaine-Euskadi: Boosting cross-border employment

    March 2018

    A study, launched within the framework of a European project,* sets out a comprehensive assessment of cross-border employment in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Euskadi Navarra Euroregion.

  • Call for applications for the 2018 EGTC award

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    Call for applications for the 2018 EGTC award

    March 2018

    The Committee of the Regions has launched the call for applications for the 2018 EGTC award "Building Europe across borders". The deadline for submission of applications is 16 April 2018.

  • European Conference on the Energy Transition and signature of a cross-border agreement

    TERRITORIES

    European Conference on the Energy Transition and signature of a cross-border agreement

    March 2018

    The 2018 edition of the European Conference on the Energy Transition took place on 30-31 January and 1 February in the territory of Greater Geneva, a cross-border first for this event that every year brings together more than 3,500 professionals in the areas of energy and sustainable development. The conference also provided the opportunity to sign a cross-border agreement on air quality in Greater Geneva.

  • France: Report on the European mobility of apprentices

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    France: Report on the European mobility of apprentices

    March 2018

    This report by France's General Inspectorate of Social Affairs sets out around 20 proposals to proactively increase the European mobility of apprentices; they fall within the competence of the Ministries of Labour and National Education, the social partners and the regions, in the context of the ongoing discussions on the reform of apprenticeships.

  • "MMUST" to facilitate mobility within the Greater Region

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    "MMUST" to facilitate mobility within the Greater Region

    March 2018

    The MMUST project (Multimodal model and scenarios for cross-border mobility) has just been approved by the Greater Region Interreg VA programme. It is an ambitious project that aims to simulate cross-border movements between France, Luxembourg, Germany and Belgium.

  • The Saar-Lor-Lux Greater Region: towards cross-border supra-regionalisation?

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    The Saar-Lor-Lux Greater Region: towards cross-border supra-regionalisation?

    March 2018

    "Beyond the speeches and symbols, what meaning can the concept of a cross-border region have? By defining the region as an identity-based, territorial and institutional construction that endures over time, this work identifies and interrogates the specificities of this process in the cross-border setting. The issues are explored using the emblematic example of the Greater Region, which launched a long-term strategy in 2008 involving Lorraine, Luxembourg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Wallonia."

  • The conference proceedings are online

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    The conference proceedings are online

    March 2018

  • Greater Region: "UniGR", a European centre of skills and resources

    TERRITORIES

    Greater Region: "UniGR", a European centre of skills and resources

    March 2018

    As part of the "UniGR - Centre for Border Studies" project, the six member universities (Kaiserslautern, Liège, Lorraine, Luxembourg, Saarland and Trier) of the University of the Greater Region (UniGR) are going to set up a "European centre of skills and resources in border studies" with international visibility.

  • Meeting of Anne Sander's group on higher education and research

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    Meeting of Anne Sander's group on higher education and research

    March 2018

    The eighth meeting of the European Parliament's working group on cross-border cooperation, chaired by the MEP Anne Sander, Vice-President of the MOT, took place on 28 February and was devoted to the topic of higher education and research.

  • Bourgogne-Franche-Comté: Optimising cross-border relations

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    Bourgogne-Franche-Comté: Optimising cross-border relations

    March 2018

    "The regions and countries that border the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Region are very attractive to its inhabitants, businesses and territorial authorities." The Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Regional Economic, Social and Environmental Council has attempted to understand the dynamics at work in the neighbouring territories and their impact on the region, in an 84-page document entitled "From good neighbourly relations to a development strategy".

  • DG REGIO: Call for proposals on cross-border obstacles

    EUROPE

    DG REGIO: Call for proposals on cross-border obstacles

    February 2018

    "b-solutions" is an initiative to tackle legal and administrative border obstacles/difficulties along EU internal borders promoted by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO), as one of the actions proposed in the referred Communication "Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions", adopted by the Commission on 20 September 2017.

  • Launch of the "Boosting EU Border Regions" platform

    EUROPE

    Launch of the "Boosting EU Border Regions" platform

    February 2018

    The European Commission has launched its new online platform "Boosting EU border regions" dedicated to cross-border stakeholders. This new tool is part of the 10 measures proposed in the Commission Communication "Boosting Growth and Cohesion in EU Border Regions".

  • Cross-border relations at the heart of Franco-German diplomacy

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    Cross-border relations at the heart of Franco-German diplomacy

    February 2018

    In reponse to Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel’s desire to sign a new Elysée Treaty in 2018, and on the occasion of its 55th anniversary, the German Bundestag and the French National Assembly, meeting in a joint session on 22 January, adopted a resolution inviting the two governments to renew this treaty in order to “deepen the Franco-German partnership” and “launch a new dynamic”.

  • What place for the cross-border citizen in building Europe?

    TERRITORIES

    What place for the cross-border citizen in building Europe?

    February 2018

    Two workshops and a study trip with local stakeholders were organised around this topic in the territories of SaarMoselle and Flanders-Dunkirk-Côte d’Opale, as part of the work of IHEDATE (Higher Education Institute for European Development and Planning - Institut des hautes études de développement et d'aménagement des territoires en Europe).

  • Mission on the Haïti-Dominican Republic border

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    Mission on the Haïti-Dominican Republic border

    February 2018

    The situation of Haiti and the Dominican Republic is unique in the world: it is the only case in which the entire land area of two states is located on a single shared island. In 2016 and 2017, the MOT was commissioned to develop cross-border cooperation on this atypical border.

  • French-Swiss innovation fair in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

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    French-Swiss innovation fair in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

    February 2018

    The "Rencontres franco-suisses de l’économie et de l’innovation en Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes", an ‘economy and innovation fair’, was held for the first time in Lyon on 15 January 2018.

  • The Basel tram network extended to Saint-Louis!

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    The Basel tram network extended to Saint-Louis!

    February 2018

    On 10 December 2017, the elected representatives of the Basel trinational conurbation had the pleasure of opening tram line 3 linking the centre of Basel-Stadt (CH) to the railway station of Saint-Louis (F). With this tram line it is now possible to travel from Saint-Louis station to Basel city centre in under 15 minutes.