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  • The National Territorial Cohesion Agency is taking shape

    FRANCE

    The National Territorial Cohesion Agency is taking shape

    July 2019

    The bill providing for the creation of the National Territorial Cohesion Agency in France was adopted on 9 July in its final reading in the Assemblée Nationale. The Agency will be operational from 1 January 2020.

  • Towards the creation of a network of cross-border observatories

    MOT

    Towards the creation of a network of cross-border observatories

    July 2019

    On 26 June 2019, the General Commission for Territorial Equality (CGET) hosted, with support from the MOT, another meeting of the Cross-Border Strategic Committee on observation (CSC).

  • "Fair distribution of taxes in trans-frontier areas"

    EUROPE

    "Fair distribution of taxes in trans-frontier areas"

    July 2019

    On 13 June 2019, Karl-Heinz Lambertz, Vice-President of the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, presented a report entitled "Fair distribution of taxes in trans-frontier areas". It will be submitted for adoption at the 37th Congress session in October.

  • The Commission has circulated orientation papers by border

    EUROPE

    The Commission has circulated orientation papers by border

    July 2019

    In the context of the preparation of its 2021-2027 programmes, DG REGIO has drawn up 38 Border Orientation Papers (BOPs) for all of the EU’s land borders. Six of these BOPs relate to France’s borders.

  • Healthcare cooperation: concrete progress
  • The Ardennes Department – a European and cross-border location
  • Editorial by Boris Ravignon, Mayor of Charleville-Mézières and President of Ardenne Métropole

    TERRITORIES

    Editorial by Boris Ravignon, Mayor of Charleville-Mézières and President of Ardenne Métropole

    July 2019

    "One of the main features of the French department of the Ardennes is without doubt its proximity to Belgium. This proximity is geographical, of course, but also cultural, historical, economic and societal.

  • A cross-border strategy for the Franco-Belgian Ardennes

    TERRITORIES

    A cross-border strategy for the Franco-Belgian Ardennes

    July 2019

    In May 2019, Ardenne Métropole and the Belgian association of municipalities Idelux embarked on the drawing-up of a “Strategic plan for the development of the cross-border territory of the Franco-Belgian Ardennes”.

  • Large increase in cross-border workers working in Switzerland and Luxembourg

    PUBLICATION

    Large increase in cross-border workers working in Switzerland and Luxembourg

    July 2019

    In 2015, more than 360,000 inhabitants of border areas in France worked in a neighbouring country, near to the border. The economic dynamism of neighbouring countries such as Luxembourg, Switzerland and Monaco, together with the salaries offered, have encouraged working-age people living in France’s border areas to go and work there.

  • "Competitiv'Eko" – stimulating innovation

    TERRITORIES

    "Competitiv'Eko" – stimulating innovation

    July 2019

    The results of this project were presented on 16 May 2019 in Biarritz. Launched in 2016, it has built a network of economic players to stimulate businesses’ innovation and competitiveness across three neighbouring territories: Euskadi, Navarra and Aquitaine.

  • Let’s support the setting-up of an intergroup on cross-border issues at the European Parliament

    EUROPEAN ELECTIONS

    Let’s support the setting-up of an intergroup on cross-border issues at the European Parliament

    June 2019

    Editorial by Anne Sander, MEP, Vice-President of the MOT.

  • Network of Cross-Border Cooperation Strategies

    MOT

    Network of Cross-Border Cooperation Strategies

    June 2019

    With the support of the MOT, Lille, Strasbourg and Nice are the three French border region metropolises that have embarked on drawing up a "Schéma de cooperation transfrontalière" (Cross-Border Cooperation Strategie, CCS), introduced by the Maptam Act* in 2014. Through its network, the MOT enables the three metropolises to share experiences and information regarding their methodologies, the obstacles encountered and the local political contexts, as well as to relay their needs to the national and European authorities.

  • Cross-border award of AEBR "Sail of Papenburg" 2019 - Apply now!

    EUROPE

    Cross-border award of AEBR "Sail of Papenburg" 2019 - Apply now!

    June 2019

    The call for applications for AEBR's Cross Border Award "Sail of Papenburg" is open. This year, the theme of the award is cross-border culture, building trust across boundaries. The deadline to apply is the 30th of August 2019.

  • Cross-border innovation: Strasburg plans to recover the heat produced by the Kehl steelworks

    TERRITORIES

    Cross-border innovation: Strasburg plans to recover the heat produced by the Kehl steelworks

    June 2019

    The Strasbourg Eurometropolis has launched a project aimed at recovering the heat produced by the Kehl steelworks in order to provide energy for 4,000 households in Strasbourg within two years. This innovative project is a first in Europe at the cross-border level.

  • Border cities in West Africa

    PUBLICATION

    Border cities in West Africa

    June 2019

    A report on border cities in West Africa has just been published in the OECD’s series "West Africa Papers" on the Sahel and West Africa. Made up of four papers, the "cities" collection is the fruit of systematic analysis of the role played by border cities in the regional integration process in West Africa.

  • Transdisciplinary Discourses on Cross-Border Cooperation in Europe

    PUBLICATION

    Transdisciplinary Discourses on Cross-Border Cooperation in Europe

    June 2019

    A range of researchers and practitioners combine their observations in order to elaborate a common analytical framework for cross-border cooperation in Europe, by offering a transdisciplinary scientific approach. Jean Peyrony, the MOT’s Director-General, contributed to the publication by writing the chapter entitled “Planning across borders - space, time and narratives”.

  • The European Straits meet in the Pas-de-Calais

    TERRITORIES

    The European Straits meet in the Pas-de-Calais

    June 2019

    On 14-15 May, at the invitation of the Pas-de-Calais Department, 24 territorial authorities that border on 11 European straits gathered in Boulogne-sur-Mer. The purpose: to take stock of ten years of working together within the European Straits Initiative.

  • "Europe, countries, territories: a dialogue of the deaf?"

    MOT

    "Europe, countries, territories: a dialogue of the deaf?"

    June 2019

    The MOT took part in this seminar organised by the Kehl Euro-Institut, in Strasbourg on 14 May. It was an opportunity for local, national and European players to exchange views on how to "better communicate between the different levels on cross-border issues".

  • The Moselle wishes to become a "Eurodepartment"

    TERRITORIES

    The Moselle wishes to become a "Eurodepartment"

    June 2019

    On 9 May 2019, Europe Day, the Moselle Department asked for an expansion of its competences on account of its specific location within the territory of the Greater Region, in order to foster closer links, greater effectiveness and simplified partnerships with its European neighbours.

  • Agreement between the Lille European Metropolis and the Brussels Region

    TERRITORIES

    Agreement between the Lille European Metropolis and the Brussels Region

    June 2019

    On 2 May 2019, the Lille European Metropolis and the Brussels-Capital Region signed a cooperation agreement in order to reinforce exchanges between the two metropolises, on topics such as accessibility, spatial planning, attractiveness, tourism and culture.

  • CESCI’s 10th anniversary

    MOT

    CESCI’s 10th anniversary

    June 2019

    The MOT took part in the conference to mark the 10th anniversary of CESCI, a structure that was set up based on the MOT’s model in Hungary in 2009. The conference in Budapest brought together nearly 150 researchers and practitioners in the cross-border field from around 20 countries.

  • Editorial by Edouard Jacque, President of Grand Est Cross-Border Workers; Regional Councillor, Grand Est Region

    TERRITORIES

    Editorial by Edouard Jacque, President of Grand Est Cross-Border Workers; Regional Councillor, Grand Est Region

    May 2019

    The only border that exists in the Grand Est is that which we have “in our hearts”. It is part of our emotional relationship to our history, now turned towards the future, in which on a daily basis we shape a territory that is open in all directions, open to the need to cultivate our differences as they are an asset, and open to cooperation in all areas: be it providing responses to the challenges of AI, research programmes or university projects; or be it encouraging young people to become multilingual, bringing a railway line back to life, building a cycle path or developing an area of countryside working together in a network – because it’s above all a story of human beings.

  • Why does Luxembourg continue to attract so many cross-border workers?

    TERRITORIES

    Why does Luxembourg continue to attract so many cross-border workers?

    May 2019

    In spite of its small surface area, the Grand Duchy continues to attract skills from all over Europe. A symbolic milestone was passed in 2018, when the number of commuters reached 100,000. This is the count of French cross-border workers who every day make the journey to this country located at the heart of European exchanges. This figure will rise to close to 150,000 over the next 15 years.

  • The "High Valleys - Heart of the Alps" Integrated Territorial Plan

    TERRITORIES

    The "High Valleys - Heart of the Alps" Integrated Territorial Plan

    May 2019

    The cross-border territory of the “High Valleys” is located in the heart of the Alps, between Savoie, Piedmont and the High Alps. It consists of 13 groups of municipalities, 147 rural mountain districts and 270,753 inhabitants spread over 6,350 km2. A cross-border strategy "The High Valleys – Smart Destination" was drawn up in order to group together the common development priorities for the coming years.

  • A Territorial Development Plan for the Greater Region

    TERRITORIES

    A Territorial Development Plan for the Greater Region

    May 2019

    Within the framework of the Interreg “Greater Region Territorial Development Plan” project, the Greater Region Executives Summit have laid the political groundwork for the drawing-up of a common cross-border territorial strategy for the Greater Region partners.