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  • Signature in Toulouse of a Franco-German declaration

    NATIONAL LEVEL

    Signature in Toulouse of a Franco-German declaration

    October 2019

    The 21st Franco-German Council of Ministers took place in Toulouse on 16 October 2019, bringing together France’s President, Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, as well as the French and German ministers. On this occasion, and following on from the Aachen Treaty, the “Franco-German Declaration of Toulouse” was signed, which reaffirms the commitments made at the highest level of government with respect to Franco-German cooperation.

  • "A multidimensional measurement of the integration between European border regions"

    PUBLICATION

    "A multidimensional measurement of the integration between European border regions"

    October 2019

    Cross-border integration in Europe is a complex and multifaceted process that has contrasting impacts on border regions. In this article, the authors provide, with the aid of statistical indicators, an analysis of cross-border integration along the EU’s internal borders, highlighting the similarities and discrepancies that can be observed between different territories.

  • Annual meeting of EGTCs in Palma

    EUROPE

    Annual meeting of EGTCs in Palma

    October 2019

    The annual meeting of the EGTC Platform took place in Palma, Spain, on 27 September 2019, in partnership with the Pyrenees-Mediterranean Euroregion EGTC and the Government of the Balearic Islands. Jean Peyrony made a contribution in a roundtable devoted to the new ECBM tool, currently under discussion by the EU Council, which is aimed at facilitating the resolution of cross-border obstacles along Europe’s borders.

  • Editorial by Pascal Curie, Vice-President of the Greater Besançon Metropolis in charge of forward planning, regional development and strategy for the territory

    TERRITORIES

    Editorial by Pascal Curie, Vice-President of the Greater Besançon Metropolis in charge of forward planning, regional development and strategy for the territory

    October 2019

    The Greater Besançon Metropolis is particular in being the first major urban centre one gets to when coming from the Swiss Jura Arc, while at the same time being relatively far away from it. The Jura mountain range is both a geographical obstacle and a territorial asset; indeed, the border region is a well-preserved area with a wealth of shared natural and cultural features.

  • The MOT network in Besançon

    MOT

    The MOT network in Besançon

    October 2019

    Cross-border metropolitan cooperation initiatives were spotlighted at the MOT network’s day-long meeting, co-organised with the Greater Besançon Metropolis, on 25 September.

  • Strasbourg-Ortenau Eurodistrict: A cross-border cycle ride to bring citizens on either side of the Rhine together

    TERRITORIES

    Strasbourg-Ortenau Eurodistrict: A cross-border cycle ride to bring citizens on either side of the Rhine together

    October 2019

    On 22 September 2019, amateur and professional cyclists from either side of the Rhine set off to discover the territory of the Strasbourg-Ortenau Eurodistrict during a cross-border cycle ride.

  • Another perspective on the economy of the Jura Arc region

    TERRITORIES

    Another perspective on the economy of the Jura Arc region

    October 2019

    With an exploration of the imbalances between the productive and residential economies, the Jura Arc Cross-Border Forum ended its thematic series of discussions on the economy involving all the members of its committee.

  • TEIN4CITIZENS - a project to involve citizens

    EUROPE

    TEIN4CITIZENS - a project to involve citizens

    October 2019

    "How can we encourage citizens in border regions to take part in the discussions about the future of Europe?" This is one of the questions at the heart of the "TEIN4citizens" project being implemented by nine partners from the TEIN network.

  • "The cross-border dimension – a new impetus for the territory"

    TERRITORIES

    "The cross-border dimension – a new impetus for the territory"

    September 2019

    Editorial by Tristan Atmania, Deputy Director of the Territorial Attractiveness and Competitiveness Department – Saint-Avold Conurbation: "In this crucial year for Europe, our territory of the Moselle, at the crossroads of the founding countries of the European Union, and also of the Saar-Lor-Lux Greater Region, is at a turning point in its history. In this respect, the cross-border cooperation that is already being forged in all areas of daily life represents a major asset to be developed in the context of the competition that we face with the other regions of the world. [...]"

  • The Saint-Avold Conurbation – a new member of the MOT’s network

    TERRITORIES

    The Saint-Avold Conurbation – a new member of the MOT’s network

    September 2019

    Individual decisions carry important weight in a world brimming over with vitality. Decisions that affect many people and that, taken together, have an impact on certain regions’ demographic developments and economic strength. Such changes can only be managed if we are willing to evolve. The Saint-Avold Conurbation is rising to this challenge and is taking advantage of synergies to pool skills for the benefit of all.

  • Study on cross-border employment for the Lille European Metropolis

    MOT

    Study on cross-border employment for the Lille European Metropolis

    Septembre 2019

    The MOT has produced a study with the aim of informing the Lille European Metropolis about the socioeconomic features of Belgian Flanders, and the way its economic fabric and employment sector function.

  • Switzerland's border regions write to the Commission

    EUROPE

    Switzerland's border regions write to the Commission

    September 2019

    On 2 September, the leaders of nine Swiss border regions sent a letter to the President of the European Commission in which they expressed their concerns about the state of the relationship between the European Union and Switzerland. They fear that a rejection in a referendum of the framework agreement would undermine the basis of the bilateral treaties – with adverse economic consequences for the border regions.

  • Design'In – a project to revitalise city centres along the Franco-Belgian border

    TERRITORIES

    Design'In – a project to revitalise city centres along the Franco-Belgian border

    September 2019

    Within the framework of a project funded by the Interreg V France-Wallonie-Vlaanderen programme, the cities of Tournai, Mons, Courtrai and the Lille European Metropolis have set themselves the challenge of strengthening and stimulating the development of their city centres by making use of design.

  • Franco-Belgian agreement on emergency services

    TERRITORIES

    Franco-Belgian agreement on emergency services

    September 2019

    On 18 July 2019, framework agreement concerning the cross-border intervention of emergency services was signed by the Belgian Minister of the Interior, Pieter De Crem, and his French counterpart, Christophe Castaner.

  • Practical guide: Border cities and climate change in Africa

    PUBLICATION

    Practical guide: Border cities and climate change in Africa

    September 2019

    This practical guide, published by the secretariat of the Sahel and West Africa Club, has been produced with assistance from the MOT. It offers many insights on the legislative and financial levers for developing cross-border initiatives on resilience to climate change in West Africa.

  • Borders and mobility in day-to-day life: ways of life in the Basel trinational conurbation

    PUBLICATION

    Borders and mobility in day-to-day life: ways of life in the Basel trinational conurbation

    September 2019

    Yann Dubois, Editions Alphil-Presses universitaires suisses, Collection "Espaces, mobilités et sociétés" No. 9, 613 pp, 2019 - in French.

  • DG REGIO is drawing up a list of cross-border information centres, as well as of cross-border observatories

    EUROPE

    DG REGIO is drawing up a list of cross-border information centres, as well as of cross-border observatories

    September 2019

    Following the Communication "Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions” in September 2017, DG REGIO has been trying to identify existing cross-border information centres (Interreg funded or otherwise) that aim to give information to inhabitants who regularly cross a border, on topics such as work, tax and social security.

  • Proceedings of the MOT's annual conference on cross-border investment

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    Proceedings of the MOT's annual conference on cross-border investment

    September 2019

    The proceedings of the MOT’s annual conference that took place on 21 March 2019 as part of its general assembly in Annemasse and Geneva are online on the MOT’s website.

  • New look for the "Europe in France" website

    FRANCE

    New look for the "Europe in France" website

    September 2019

    Designed to be the entry point to find out about European funds in France, the new website gives access to: a resource centre, the information platform on state aid in France, the information platform for the Europe urban network, and the official webpage of the EMFF programme.

  • Legal guide for local authorities’ external action

    FRANCE

    Legal guide for local authorities’ external action

    September 2019

    Published by the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, this guide aims "to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of the rules that apply to this type of intervention by local authorities, acting on their own initiative within the framework of multilevel diplomacy".

  • Committee of the Regions opinion on the "cross-border dimension in disaster risk reduction"

    EUROPE

    Committee of the Regions opinion on the "cross-border dimension in disaster risk reduction"

    September 2019

    Local and regional elected representatives are calling on the European Commission to provide more incentives at their respective levels to promote cross-border cooperation in the area of risk reduction. An opinion of the European Committee of The Regions to this effect was adopted on 27 June in Brussels.

  • 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.