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  • Greater Geneva - A special dossier: Cross-border employment: the point of view of Michel Charrat, President of the European Cross-Border Grouping

    TERRITORIES

    Greater Geneva - A special dossier: Cross-border employment: the point of view of Michel Charrat, President of the European Cross-Border Grouping

    March 2019

    The European Cross-Border Grouping (Groupement Transfrontalier Européen) is a non-profit association that represents 32,500 cross-border workers along the Franco-Swiss border.

  • European Territorial Authority of Alsace – towards a principle of differentiation

    FRANCE

    European Territorial Authority of Alsace – towards a principle of differentiation

    March 2019

    The French decree establishing the European Territorial Authority of Alsace through the merger of the Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin Departments was published on 28 February. The new authority will come into being on 1 February 2021.

  • Creation of a European Labour Authority

    EUROPE

    Creation of a European Labour Authority

    March 2019

    The European Parliament and Member States have reached an agreement on the creation of a new “European Labour Authority” to protect workers’ rights and launch cross-border investigations in the event of possible abuses.

  • Greater Region Summit

    TERRITORIES

    Greater Region Summit

    March 2019

    At the 16th Greater Region Summit on 30 January 2019, the Greater Region Executives argued for "ambitious territorial cooperation and a Europe that listens to its citizens".

  • A new website for the Basel Trinational Eurodistrict

    TERRITORIES

    A new website for the Basel Trinational Eurodistrict

    March 2019

    The Basel Trinational Eurodistrict brings together the three countries of the Basel conurbation with over 900,000 inhabitants. A member of the MOT since 2005, it was the first trinational Eurodistrict to be created in Europe.

  • The IMeG’s position on the ECBM

    GERMANY

    The IMeG’s position on the ECBM

    March 2019

    The "Cross-Border Metropolitan Regions" Initiative, which works on developing cross-border cooperation along Germany’s borders, has just published a position paper on the European Commission’s proposal to create a "mechanism to resolve legal and administrative obstacles in a cross-border context".

  • Crossing the border to find a home: the little luxury of Lille’s middle classes

    PUBLICATION

    Crossing the border to find a home: the little luxury of Lille’s middle classes

    March 2019

    "Belgium is often perceived to be an attractive country for highly-skilled expatriates […]. But the Franco-Belgian border is also an area where migrations by households belonging to the middle classes have become more frequent and more commonplace, as a result of changes in property and labour markets."

  • Aachen Treaty: the editorial of Nathalie Loiseau, French minister of european affairs

    NATIONAL LEVEL

    Aachen Treaty: the editorial of Nathalie Loiseau, French minister of european affairs

    February 2019

    On 22 January in Aachen, Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron signed a new treaty on cooperation and integration between Germany and France.

  • The Aachen Treaty: the cross-border dimension given full recognition

    NATIONAL LEVEL

    The Aachen Treaty: the cross-border dimension given full recognition

    February 2019

    The Aachen Treaty marks a real recognition of cross-border cooperation as a central element in European construction. The fourth chapter, which is entirely devoted to cross-border cooperation, was drafted with active participation from the MOT.

  • The Foreign Affairs Ministry and decentralised Franco-German cooperation

    FRANCE

    The Foreign Affairs Ministry and decentralised Franco-German cooperation

    February 2019

    By means of a communication campaign, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs is showcasing Franco-German cooperation:

  • New publication:  "France-Germany: cross-border observation at the heart of Europe"

    MOT

    New publication: "France-Germany: cross-border observation at the heart of Europe"

    February 2019

    Under the aegis of the General Commission for Territorial Equality (CGET) on the French side and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community on the German side, the MOT and the BBSR* have coordinated the production of a brochure entitled “France-Germany: cross-border observation at the heart of Europe”.

  • Second call for "b-solutions" projects

    EUROPE

    Second call for "b-solutions" projects

    February 2019

    The "b-solutions” initiative is one of the actions supported by DG REGIO within the framework of the Communication “Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions” of September 2017. Its aim is to identify and promote sustainable methods for overcoming legal and/or administrative obstacles encountered along the internal land borders of the European Union.

  • Transport: European call for proposals regarding "missing cross-border links"

    EUROPE

    Transport: European call for proposals regarding "missing cross-border links"

    February 2019

    The 2019 Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Transport call for proposals has been launched by the European Commission.

  • North Lorraine Border Region Metropolitan Pole set up

    TERRITORIES

    North Lorraine Border Region Metropolitan Pole set up

    February 2019

    Created by the common desire of the presidents of eight Public Entities of Intermunicipal Cooperation, the new “North Lorraine Border Region Metropolitan Pole” was launched on 9 January 2019 in Thionville.

  • The work of the ESPON programme and cross-border public services

    EUROPE

    The work of the ESPON programme and cross-border public services

    February 2019

    The cross-border dimension was at the heart of the ESPON seminar “New Narratives for Territorial Development” which took place in Vienna on 5-6 December 2018.

  • “The Poverty of Territorialism”

    PUBLICATION

    “The Poverty of Territorialism”

    February 2019

    Andreas Faludi, Professor Emeritus and guest researcher, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. Published by Elgar Studies in Planning Theory, Policy and Practice, November 2018.

  • A new issue of INSEE Première on cross-border territories

    PUBLICATION

    A new issue of INSEE Première on cross-border territories

    February 2019

    A new issue of INSEE Première published in January 2019 focuses on the different engines of demographic growth on either side of France’s borders.

  • Fessenheim: signature of the territorial project

    TERRITORIES

    Fessenheim: signature of the territorial project

    February 2019

    Signed on 1 February 2019 by the Minister for the Ecological Transition, François de Rugy, and the French and German regional players, this “territorial project” is designed to accompany the economic redevelopment of the area around the nuclear power station in Fessenheim, whose two reactors are due to be shut down in the summer of 2020.

  • The Energy Transition Conference

    EUROPE

    The Energy Transition Conference

    February 2019

    The 2019 European Conference on the Energy Transition took place on 22-24 January in Dunkirk, bringing together nearly 3,500 participants around the topic “Committed and mutually-supportive territories”. The MOT contributed to the discussions by organising a workshop illustrating three very concrete examples of cross-border cooperation in the area of the energy transition.

  • A new edition of the MOT's Guides, on the energy transition

    MOT

    A new edition of the MOT's Guides, on the energy transition

    January 2019

    On the occasion of the European Conference on the Energy Transition, which is taking place in Dunkirk on 22-24 January 2019, the MOT is publishing a new edition of its thematic Guides, on the energy transition and cross-border cooperation.

  • Opinion of the Parliament and the CoR on the proposal for a regulation on the ECBM

    EUROPE

    Opinion of the Parliament and the CoR on the proposal for a regulation on the ECBM

    January 2019

    In adopting its opinion on the proposal for a regulation on the ECBM on 22 November 2018, the European Parliament’s Regional Development Commission (REGI) embarked on the process of inter-institutional negotiations on the proposed tool.

  • Ninth meeting of the working group on innovative solutions to cross-border obstacles

    EUROPE

    Ninth meeting of the working group on innovative solutions to cross-border obstacles

    January 2019

    On 18 December 2018 the ninth meeting of the working group on innovative solutions to cross-border obstacles was held in Brussels at the European Committee of the Regions.

  • The integrated territorial plan ALPIMED

    TERRITORIES

    The integrated territorial plan ALPIMED

    January 2019

    Under the Interreg programme ALCOTRA on the Franco-Italian border, two types of plan can be implemented: integrated territorial plans and integrated thematic plans. Integrated territorial plans are made up of a series of projects organised around several themes for a specific cross-border territory.

  • The Grand Est Region's cross-border strategic orientations

    TERRITORIES

    The Grand Est Region's cross-border strategic orientations

    January 2019

    In December, the Grand Est Region published a brochure setting out its strategic orientations in the area of cross-border cooperation.

  • Cross-border issues at the heart of the Grand Est Region's SRADDET

    TERRITORIES

    Cross-border issues at the heart of the Grand Est Region's SRADDET

    January 2019

    After two years of co-construction, the elected representatives of the Grand Est Region presented the major elements of the Region’s SRADDET at an event in Metz on 30 November 2018.