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  • Adoption of the Communication “Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions”

    EUROPE

    Adoption of the Communication “Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions”

    September 2017

    On 20 and 21 September 2017 in Brussels, a conference was held to mark the adoption of the Communication entitled “Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions”.

  • Greater Geneva: 3 major infrastructure projects co-financed by the Swiss Confederation

    FRANCE

    Greater Geneva: 3 major infrastructure projects co-financed by the Swiss Confederation

    September 2017

    On 19 June 2017, new conventions were signed between the President of the Council of State of the Republic and Canton of Geneva, François Longchamp, and the President of the Agglomeration community of Annemasse ,Christian Dupessey, enabling the Swiss Confederation’s participation in the financing of 3 Greater Geneva flagship projects, at a level of 26 million euros.

  • 2017 project files

    MOT

    2017 project files

    September 2017

    Every year, the MOT publishes a dossier highlighting exemplary cross-border projects along French borders.

  • Towards a differentiation of public action in French territories

    FRANCE

    Towards a differentiation of public action in French territories

    September 2017

    Over the course of the first meeting of the Conference of the Territories (a new platform for exchange, consultation and decision-making headed by the French prime minister), Emmanuel Macron presented the new differentiation of public action, a vector for a new equality of opportunity for the territories.

  • Opinion of the Committee of the Regions on people-to-people and small-scale projects

    EUROPE

    Opinion of the Committee of the Regions on people-to-people and small-scale projects

    September 2017

    People-to-people (P2P) projects are small-scale projects, accessible to a wide range of beneficiaries, oriented towards the promotion of contact and exchanges between people from either side of the border.

  • Guide for cross-border cooperation in the field of the environment

    PUBLICATION

    Guide for cross-border cooperation in the field of the environment

    September 2017

    Within the context of the regional accord for the application of the Espoo Convention (1991) in a tri-national framework, the French-German-Swiss Upper Rhine Conference has published a guide to procedures for cross-border consultations concerning projects, plans and programmes with significant impact on the environment.

  • Cross-border co-operation networks in West Africa

    PUBLICATION

    Cross-border co-operation networks in West Africa

    September 2017

    Long seen as artificial barriers inherited from decolonisation, West African borders now lie at the heart of policies designed to encourage regional trade and combat political instability.

  • “What governance for geographic information?”

    EUROPE

    “What governance for geographic information?”

    September 2017

    In association with the Grand Est regional council, the AFIGEO (French Association for Geographic Information) and the CNIG (French National Council for Geographic Information) took the INSPIRE European Conference of 4 and 5 September as an opportunity to bring together French-speaking players of the profession in the context of a “Francophone conference on geographic information”.

  • Ratification by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and France of the framework agreement on cross-border health cooperation

    EUROPE

    Ratification by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and France of the framework agreement on cross-border health cooperation

    September 2017

    Good quality healthcare for the populations of the French-Luxembourgish border regions, made more accessible, more rapid and closer to home - this is the objective of the framework agreement on health cooperation ratified by Luxembourg and France.

  • Finalisation of the report of the cross-border obstacles working group

    EUROPE

    Finalisation of the report of the cross-border obstacles working group

    June 2017

    On 30 May 2017 at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels, the fifth meeting of the intergovernmental working group on innovative solutions to obstacles to cross-border cooperation was held.

  • Final report on the updating process of the work of the Franco-Belgian parliamentary working group on obstacles to cooperation

    PUBLICATION

    Final report on the updating process of the work of the Franco-Belgian parliamentary working group on obstacles to cooperation

    June 2017

    This report was drawn up within the framework of the strengthening and deepening of Franco-Belgian cooperation initiated by the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Prefecture.

  • Encouraging young people's cross-border mobility in the Greater Region

    TERRITORIES

    Encouraging young people's cross-border mobility in the Greater Region

    June 2017

    This is the aim of the project FagA/Centre d’aide à la mobilité transfrontalière (CAMT – Centre for Assistance with Cross-Border Mobility) launched on 1 July 2016 in the SaarMoselle Eurodistrict.

  • The coordination of social security systems

    EUROPE

    The coordination of social security systems

    June 2017

    On 31 May 2017, Anne Sander, MEP and Vice-President of the MOT, organised the sixth meeting of the working group on cross-border cooperation, which addressed the issue of the coordination of social security systems in the context of the revision underway of Regulation No. 883/2004, which lays down the common rules required for this coordination.

  • Greater Geneva is awarded the URBACT Good Practice label

    TERRITORIES

    Greater Geneva is awarded the URBACT Good Practice label

    June 2017

    Greater Geneva has been awarded the URBACT Good Practice City label for promoting its coordinated conurbation development areas (PACA – Périmètres d'aménagement coordonnés d'agglomération) in cross-border governance.

  • Launch of the Greater Region's new geoportal

    TERRITORIES

    Launch of the Greater Region's new geoportal

    June 2017

    More user-friendly and better suited to players in the Greater Region but above all to the general public is how the new version of the Greater Region's geoportal, which was officially presented on 23 May, in the presence of Camille Gira, Luxembourg's Secretary of State for sustainable Development and Infrastructure, can be summed up.

  • The end of roaming charges in Europe

    EUROPE

    The end of roaming charges in Europe

    June 2017

    On 15 June 2017, the EU "sounded the death knell" for roaming charges in the whole of the European Union.

  • Cross-border cooperation to enhance renewable energy

    EUROPE

    Cross-border cooperation to enhance renewable energy

    June 2017

    On 3 June, the MOT took part in the conference entitled "Cross-border cooperation to enhance renewable energy in the EU" organised by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the World Future Council at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels.

  • University of the Greater Region (UniGR) launches a new study programme

    TERRITORIES

    University of the Greater Region (UniGR) launches a new study programme

    June 2017

    The "Master's in border studies" is an international, interdisciplinary and multilingual study programme aimed at providing students who wish to pursue their careers in intercultural and cross-border settings with the main concepts and necessary analytical tools to understand the issues related to border territories and transnational cooperation.

  • ESPON Seminar

    EUROPE

    ESPON Seminar

    June 2017

    On 24-25 May in Malta, the ESPON seminar “Revealing territorial potentials and shaping new policies - Contribution to the post-2020 cohesion policy debate” was held, organised by the EGTC in conjunction with the Maltese presidency of the European Union Council.

  • A label of territorial expertise for the MOT

    MOT

    A label of territorial expertise for the MOT

    June 2017

    The MOT has been awarded the "International territorial expertise" label by the Ministry of Europe and European Affairs within the framework of the programme to support territorial authorities' thematic cooperation (PACT3).

  • The MOT's assignment in Brazzaville

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    The MOT's assignment in Brazzaville

    June 2017

    The MOT made a contribution in Brazzaville at a conference of the International Association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF), in a workshop on regional cooperation among Central African local authorities.

  • Cerdanya cross-border abattoir up and running

    TERRITORIES

    Cerdanya cross-border abattoir up and running

    June 2017

    The cross-border abattoir in Ur (French Cerdanya) has been operating since the start of April. The facility promoted by Cerdanya District Council (Spain) and the Bourg-Madame abattoir (France) has been 50% financed by the two partners and European funds, with a total cost of €5.4 million.

  • A cross-border tramline once again links Strasbourg to Kehl

    TERRITORIES

    A cross-border tramline once again links Strasbourg to Kehl

    May 2017

    It was at 4.52 in the morning of 29 April 2017 that the first tram of Line D set off from Strasbourg in the direction of neighbouring Kehl, with the two cities now even more closely linked, within the framework of a project that has profoundly changed the urban landscape.

  • Franco-German pilot project for cross-border energy networks

    TERRITORIES

    Franco-German pilot project for cross-border energy networks

    May 2017

    In the context of constructing an "Energy Europe", a Franco-German experiment with a decentralised, local and also cross-border energy network is going to be conducted in order to go beyond the traditional interconnections between countries via high-voltage lines.

  • Event to launch the Mobipro.GR project

    TERRITORIES

    Event to launch the Mobipro.GR project

    May 2017

    On 25 April 2017 in Forbach, an event to launch the European project “Mobipro.GR“ took place.