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  • A framework for the partnership for the structural funds

    EUROPE

    A framework for the partnership for the structural funds

    January 2014

    On 7 January, the European Commission adopted a code of conduct providing a framework for partnership in the management of the European regional policy with regional and local authorities, economic and social partners and the other representatives of civil society.

  • France: Partnership agreement

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    France: Partnership agreement

    January 2014

    The French authorities officially submitted the partnership agreement to the European Commission on 31 December 2013. This document provides the framework for the programming of the European funds for the period 2014-2020. It will be the subject of negotiations between the European Commission and France.

  • New regulations for Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 entered into force

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    New regulations for Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 entered into force

    January 2014

    The regulations of the new Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 have been formally endorsed by the Council of the European Union and have been published on 20 December in the 'Official Journal of the EU' (L 347).

  • Health systems and cross-border cooperation

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    Health systems and cross-border cooperation

    January 2014

    The French-Belgian health monitoring unit (EEIG OFBS) and the Wallonia-Lorraine-Luxembourg cross-border health monitoring unit (EEIG LUXLORSAN) organised a conference on health systems and cross-border cooperation, which took place on 18 December 2013 at the Committee of the Regions offices.

  • Two contributions by the CECICN for DG REGIO and DG MARKT

    Two contributions by the CECICN for DG REGIO and DG MARKT

    January 2014

    In the context of the 2014-2020 programming period, the CECICN1, of which the MOT is a member, in December 2013 officially submitted two contributions to the European Union’s DG REGIO and DG MARKT in order to prepare an upcoming meeting at European level.

  • The Eurometropolis Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai publishes its 2014-2020 strategy

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    The Eurometropolis Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai publishes its 2014-2020 strategy

    January 2014

    The overall objective of the Eurometropolis strategy is to “proceed from the collective project to practical implementations”.

  • Cross-border cooperation, “lever of peace and development” in Africa

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    Cross-border cooperation, “lever of peace and development” in Africa

    January 2014

    “Build bridges between the States through the construction of development programmes that are going to join together the communities on either side of physical borders” was the objective of the conference on cross-border cooperation which took place on 17 to 19 December 2013 in Dakar, Senegal, under the aegis of the UEMOA1, attended by Aminata Touré, prime minister of Senegal, ministers from Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Benin and Guinea-Bissau, representatives of Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, the African Union and the ECOWAS, and many local elected representatives and experts.

  • The President Michel Delebarre and the whole MOT team wish you a very Happy New Year 2014!
  • "Regions and innovation: Collaborating across borders"

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    "Regions and innovation: Collaborating across borders"

    January 2014

    This OECD report, published in December 2013, to which the MOT contributed, analyses cross-border cooperation in the area of innovation, based on the study of six cross-border regions: Oresund (Denmark-Sweden), Helsinki-Tallinn (Finland-Estonia), the Bothnian Arc (Sweden-Finland), Hedmark–Dalarna (Norway-Sweden), Ireland-Northern Ireland, Top Technology Region/Eindhoven-Leuven-Aachen Triangle (Netherlands-Germany-Belgium).

  • Cross-border study on the Jura Arc

    TERRITORIES

    Cross-border study on the Jura Arc

    December 2013

    In 2013, the MOT conducted a large-scale study aimed at defining the priority areas for the development of the French-Swiss Jura Arc. This cross-border territory encompasses the Franche-Comté Region and the Swiss cantons of Bern, the Jura, Neuchâtel and Vaud.

  • Meeting with border region MPs

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    Meeting with border region MPs

    December 2013

    On 4 December, the MOT’s Chairman, Michel Delebarre*, and the MOT team took part in a hearing at the National Assembly conducted by Philip Cordery, Chairman of the parliamentary study group on cross-border cooperation, along with numerous French MPs for border areas.

  • Breda Pecan: “National boundaries are coming to be seen more and more as reservoirs of untapped potential, rather than as obstacles to cooperation”

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    Breda Pecan: “National boundaries are coming to be seen more and more as reservoirs of untapped potential, rather than as obstacles to cooperation”

    December 2013

    The Council of Europe adopted a report on "Prospects for effective transfrontier cooperation in Europe".

  • Two questions to the Groupement transfrontalier européen on French-Swiss cross-border work

    TERRITORIES

    Two questions to the Groupement transfrontalier européen on French-Swiss cross-border work

    December 2013

    Michel Charrat, Chairman of the Groupement transfrontalier européen (GTE, European Cross-Border Grouping), an association that defends the rights of cross-border workers along the French-Swiss border, replies to our questions.

  • Marine straits - Important territories for Europe

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    Marine straits - Important territories for Europe

    December 2013

    At the instigation of the department of Pas-de-Calais and Kent County Council (United Kingdom), which are on either side of the Pas-de-Calais Strait – one of the busiest in the world – the European Straits Initiative has since 2009 brought together a network of 15 local authorities bordering 8 European straits from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean.

  • Advances contained in the new EGTC regulation

    EUROPE

    Advances contained in the new EGTC regulation

    November 2013

    On 20 November 2013, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the new regulation relating to the EGTC. This regulation will help to clarify, simplify and improve the creation and functioning of EGTCs.

  • Adoption of the Multiannual Financial Framework and the legislative package for Cohesion Policy
  • Final conference of the CAMIS project

    TERRITORIES

    Final conference of the CAMIS project

    November 2013

    The final conference of the French-British project CAMIS (Channel Arc Manche Integrated Strategy) took place on 21 November 2013 in Rouen.

  • Five seminars on cross-border operational arrangements

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    Five seminars on cross-border operational arrangements

    November 2013

    The MOT organized five information seminars in September and October 2013 on operational arrangements for cross-border projects on French borders. Each seminar covered one or two of the French borders. Consult the documentation.

  • Welcome to the new MOT website!

    MOT

    Welcome to the new MOT website!

    Novembre 2013

    The Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière and its president Michel Delebarre invite you to discover the new version of the MOT website: a unique resource centre for cross-border cooperation in Europe!

  • "Marittime-Mercantour": Cross-border bid to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site

    TERRITORIES

    "Marittime-Mercantour": Cross-border bid to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site

    November 2013

    The bid by the French-Italian cross-border area “Marittime-Mercantour” to be included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List was officially submitted on 18 November 2013 in Breil-sur-Roya (France).

  • Forum of the Basque Eurocity

    TERRITORIES

    Forum of the Basque Eurocity

    November 2013

    Organised by the Cross-Border Agency for the Development of the Basque Eurocity and the Donostia-San Sebastián City Hall on 14-15 November 2013 in San Sebastián, this event brought together the political, technical, institutional and socio-economic representatives of the Basque Eurocity.

  • French-Belgian-UK legal seminar

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    French-Belgian-UK legal seminar

    October 2013

    The seminar on legal instruments for cross-border projects organised by the MOT on 29 October 2013 in Lille (at the Nord-Pas de Calais Conseil Régional) brought together nearly 70 French, Belgian and English players involved in cross-border cooperation.

  • The “cross-border healthcare” directive

    EUROPE

    The “cross-border healthcare” directive

    October 2013

    The European directive on cross-border healthcare came into force on 25 October 2013. Its aim is to facilitate the organisation of scheduled treatment for and reimbursement of patients who receive medical treatment or an operation outside of their country of residence.

  • Legal seminar on the French-German-Luxembourg border

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    Legal seminar on the French-German-Luxembourg border

    October 2013

    Over 50 practitioners participated in the seminar on the legal instruments for cross-border projects organised by the MOT on 17 October 2013 in Sarreguemines and hosted by the Communauté d’Agglomération Sarreguemines Confluences (Sarreguemines Confluences Agglomeration Community).

  • Preparation of the France Partnership Agreement 2014-2020

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    Preparation of the France Partnership Agreement 2014-2020

    October 2013

    In the context of the programming of European funds for the period 2014-2020, each Member State is required to draw up a Partnership Agreement. A first version of this agreement has been published in France.