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  • The MOT's operational studies since its creation in 1997 now available online

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    The MOT's operational studies since its creation in 1997 now available online

    February 2016

    A new section on the MOT's website lists more than 130 operational studies that have been produced by the MOT since it was set up in 1997.

  • The end of double taxation for former cross-border worker pensioners

    TERRITORIES

    The end of double taxation for former cross-border worker pensioners

    February 2016

    Since 1 January 2016, pensioners in French and German border regions who previously worked in the other country no longer run the risk of being taxed twice.

  • Publication: "City-networks and spatial rescaling in the Baltic Sea area"

    TERRITORIES

    Publication: "City-networks and spatial rescaling in the Baltic Sea area"

    February 2016

    Doctoral thesis in geography by Nicolas Escach, under the supervision of Lydia Coudroy from Lille and Boris Grésillon, defended in 2014 at the École normale supérieure in Lyons. Published in French – Abstract in English.

  • Cross-border masterclass

    MOT

    Cross-border masterclass

    February 2016

    From 26 to 28 January 2016 in Marseilles, the Institut Catholique de la Méditerranée, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region and the Villa Méditerranée jointly organised, together with lecturers and students from different universities, the fourth edition of the " Trans/frontières et dialogue des disciplines" ("Cross/boundaries and dialogue between disciplines") on the topic "The age of transitions to another generation of players?".

  • A cross-border platform dedicated to businesses in the Greater Region

    TERRITORIES

    A cross-border platform dedicated to businesses in the Greater Region

    January 2016

    The "Grex" platform was set up on 4 January 2016 in order to provide operational support to any sole trader or SME wishing to develop an economic partnership in the Greater Region.

  • Overcoming the obstacles to cross-border cooperation: the MOT's position within the framework of the DG REGIO's "Cross-Border Review"

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    Overcoming the obstacles to cross-border cooperation: the MOT's position within the framework of the DG REGIO's "Cross-Border Review"

    January 2016

    Since September 2015, DG REGIO's cross-border cooperation unit has been carrying out a large-scale initiative known as the "Cross-Border Review" aimed at analysing the administrative and legal obstacles that persist along the European Union's internal borders.

  • Services offered to the members of the MOT network: all of the "service vouchers" online

    MOT

    Services offered to the members of the MOT network: all of the "service vouchers" online

    January 2016

    Since it was set up in 1997, the MOT has developed operational and legal expertise on many cross-border topics. Network members have first call on this experience. In 2011, the MOT introduced the "service vouchers", which enable every member along France's borders to benefit from one day of work per year from the MOT's technical team. It is now making available in the members' space on its website the technical notes produced in this context [in French only].

  • A territorial project for Greater Geneva

    TERRITORIES

    A territorial project for Greater Geneva

    January 2016

    In October 2015, the Greater Geneva local grouping of cross-border cooperation (LGCC) launched an initiative to draw up a territorial project for the whole of the French-Vaud-Geneva conurbation for the 2016-2030 period. This process of reflection will be completed at the end of this year. It involves the elected representatives of the region, both Swiss and French, and cross-border civil society organised through the Greater Geneva Conurbation Forum.

  • Editorial from the political representatives of the Greater Geneva
  • Unemployed in France, unemployable in Switzerland

    TERRITORIES

    Unemployed in France, unemployable in Switzerland

    January 2016

    At the end of 2015, the European Cross-Border Grouping (Groupement Transfrontalier Européen, GTE) was alerted by Switzerland's temping agencies regarding the difficulties they are encountering in hiring French unemployed people as temporary workers.

  • A new president for the Leman Council

    TERRITORIES

    A new president for the Leman Council

    January 2016

    On 3 December 2015, Jacques Melly, the President of the Conseil d'Etat of the Canton of Valais, handed over the presidency of the Leman Council to Virginie Duby-Muller, Vice-President in charge of cooperation and cross-border affairs of the Haute-Savoie Conseil Départemental, who is also Vice-President of the MOT.

  • Tensions around the Öresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden

    TERRITORIES

    Tensions around the Öresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden

    January 2016

    Following Sweden's decision to introduce on 4 January 2016 systematic checks on all people coming from Denmark in order to better control the influx of refugees, the 15,000 cross-border workers who every day travel by public transport between the two countries across the famous Öresund Bridge, a symbol of the two countries' long-standing and extensive cross-border integration, are facing long queues on a daily basis.

  • EU to invest €1 billion in regions along its external borders

    EUROPE

    EU to invest €1 billion in regions along its external borders

    January 2016

    The European Commission has adopted a series of cross-border cooperation programmes totalling €1 billion, supporting social and economic development in the regions on both sides of the EU's external borders.

  • Interact publications: a typology of Interreg projects and a project management handbook
  • 2015 regional elections in France: an update on the territorial reform and cross-border cooperation

    FRANCE

    2015 regional elections in France: an update on the territorial reform and cross-border cooperation

    December 2015

    Following the regional elections and the reform which reduced the number of regions in mainland France from 22 to 13, the MOT has published a note (in French) on the new French regions and the territorial reform: what will be the impact on cross-border cooperation?.

  • The conclusions of Luxembourg's presidency in the area of cross-border cooperation

    EUROPE

    The conclusions of Luxembourg's presidency in the area of cross-border cooperation

    December 2015

    Within the framework of its presidency of the EU Council, on 26-27 November 2015, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg brought together the European ministers responsible for territorial cohesion and urban policy for an informal meeting in Luxembourg. The discussions fed into the conclusions of the Luxembourg presidency, which is proposing actions to facilitate cross-border cooperation within the EU.

  • François Bausch, Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

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    François Bausch, Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

    December 2015

    Luxembourg's presidency of the EU Council has given high priority to cross-border cooperation.

  • Seminar on French-British cooperation

    TERRITORIES

    Seminar on French-British cooperation

    December 2015

    The Pas-de-Calais Department has solid relations with its British neighbours, which have resulted in many projects and the signature of a cooperation agreement with the County of Kent.

  • ESPON Seminar: "A world without borders - Refugees, cooperation and territories"

    EUROPE

    ESPON Seminar: "A world without borders - Refugees, cooperation and territories"

    December 2015

    A seminar entitled "A world without borders - Refugees, cooperation and territories" was held within the framework of the ESPON 2020 programme, in cooperation with the Luxembourg presidency of the EU Council, on 8-9 December 2015 in Luxembourg.

  • Seminar for government departments in Toulouse

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    Seminar for government departments in Toulouse

    December 2015

    At the instigation of the Midi-Pyrénées General Secretariat for Regional Affairs, a working seminar aimed at the decentralised government departments in the regions bordering Spain and Andorra was held on 25 November 2015 in Toulouse to discuss practices and consider new modes of organisation designed to remove the obstacles to French-Spanish-Andorran cooperation.

  • The "Learn do share" day of the Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropolis

    TERRITORIES

    The "Learn do share" day of the Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropolis

    December 2015

    On 26 November in Kortrijk, a day based around the theme of innovation and the concept of "Learn do share" was held by the Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropolis. Nearly 120 people reflected together on how to develop the Eurometropolis and be involved in it.

  • Greater Geneva in lycées' school programme

    TERRITORIES

    Greater Geneva in lycées' school programme

    December 2015

    The local development council of the French Geneva area has presented a new edition of the educational material on Greater Geneva, which is entitled "Greater Geneva, our daily territory" and aimed at students in the penultimate year of lycée as part of the geography syllabus.

  • 40 years of cross-border cooperation in the Upper Rhine

    TERRITORIES

    40 years of cross-border cooperation in the Upper Rhine

    December 2015

    The Joint Secretariat of the Upper Rhine Conference and the journalist Reinhard Reck have produced a booklet to mark the 40th anniversary of the French-German-Swiss intergovernmental commission. The booklet presents the evolution, diversity and dynamism of cross-border cooperation in the Upper Rhine since the Bonn Agreement signed in 1975.

  • Press review on the strengthening of border controls and the Schengen area
  • Annual Conference of the AEBR

    EUROPE

    Annual Conference of the AEBR

    November 2015

    After a workshop on EGTCs and territorial cooperation in association with the EGTC Platform of the Committee of the Regions on 12th November 2015 in Brussels, a conference was held the following day on “The Future of Cross-Border Cooperation in Europe”. It was jointly organised by the AEBR, DG REGIO, the Committee of the Regions and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.