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  • The mayor Strasbourg wants to experiment with legalising cannabis

    TERRITORIES

    The mayor Strasbourg wants to experiment with legalising cannabis

    April 2024

    "The mayor of Strasbourg, Jeanne Barseghian, is asking the government to allow her to experiment with legalising cannabis in her area. "This is a pragmatic request, since the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle [...] allows cross-border territories to carry out experiments of this type", she says. [...] This request comes at a time when the liberalisation of cannabis consumption in Germany has existed, subject to conditions, since April 1st."

  • Franco-Italian links

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    Franco-Italian links

    April 2024

  • The "Assises rhénanes", a cross-border meeting focused on water

    TERRITORIES

    The "Assises rhénanes", a cross-border meeting focused on water

    April 2024

    After its first edition in 2023, the "Assises rhénanes de l'eau" is a cross-border event led by the Collectivité européenne d'Alsace (CEA). It was held from the 18th to 23rd of March 2024.

  • A new roadmap between Alsace and the Swiss Jura

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    A new roadmap between Alsace and the Swiss Jura

    April 2024

    On March 19th, 2024, the Government of the Republic and Canton of Jura and the European Collectivity of Alsace signed a new roadmap. The aim is to redefine the areas of cooperation between the two neighbours for the years 2024 and 2025.

  • EP resolution on the new cohesion policy
  • Health: what cross-border cooperation objectives for border regions?

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    Health: what cross-border cooperation objectives for border regions?

    March 2024

    Law 2016-41 of 26 January 2016 on the modernisation of France's healthcare system introduced a new "Regional Health Project" (PRS), maintained in principle, with three new components: a 10-year Strategic Orientation Framework (COS), a single 5-year Regional Health Scheme (SRS) and a Regional Programme on Access to Prevention and Care for the Most Deprived (PRAPS).

  • ECTAdapt project: No borders in the fight against climate change!

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    ECTAdapt project: No borders in the fight against climate change!

    March 2024

    Extreme heat, prolonged droughts, unseasonable cold spells, storms and hurricanes... climate change knows no borders.

  • Cross-border challenges for the "Pact for the Sambre-Avesnois-Thiérache territory"

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    Cross-border challenges for the "Pact for the Sambre-Avesnois-Thiérache territory"

    March 2024

    On March 12th, the MOT visited the sub-prefecture of Vervins, in the Aisne department, for a meeting on the cross-border issues facing the "Pact for the Sambre-Avesnois-Thiérache territory", attended by the SGAR, the Hauts-de-France region, the sub-prefectures of Avesnes-sur-Helpe and Vervins, the Aisne and Nord departments and the territory's EPCIs (public establishments of intercommunal cooperation).

  • MOT quarterly meeting in Strasbourg

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    MOT quarterly meeting in Strasbourg

    March 2024

    On March 11th, the MOT held its quarterly meeting in Strasbourg, at the city hall. The meeting was attended by the The Strasbourg Eurometropolis, the European Territorial Authority of Alsace, the Grand Est Region and, for the first time, the Préfecture de Région.

  • France-Germany: a working group to take account of the "border reality" in national legislative procedures

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    France-Germany: a working group to take account of the "border reality" in national legislative procedures

    March 2024

    On March 11th 2024 a meeting was held in Kehl, Germany, to launch the Franco-German working group responsible for developing and coordinating mechanisms to take account of the "border reality" in national legislative procedures.

  • Report from the High-Level Group on EU Cohesion Policy

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    Report from the High-Level Group on EU Cohesion Policy

    March 2024

    The independent Group of High-Level Specialists on the Future of Cohesion Policy - set up in 2023 by Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms Elisa Ferreira - presented its report on 20 February 2024.

  • MEPs support creation of the European legal status for associations

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    MEPs support creation of the European legal status for associations

    March 2024

    MEPs of the Legal Affairs Committee approved draft rules aimed at removing barriers to the cross-border activities, funding and mobility of non-profit associations in the EU.

  • The Southern Alps Cross-border Alliance

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    The Southern Alps Cross-border Alliance

    March 2024

    A "Southern Alps Cross-border Alliance" was launched on February 8th 2024 in Imperia in the presence of Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice, President of the Métropole Nice Côte d'Azur and Deputy President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region, and Claudio Scajola, Mayor of Imperia and President of the Province of Imperia.

  • Schengen: The Council and the European Parliament agree on a revision of the EU Borders Code

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    Schengen: The Council and the European Parliament agree on a revision of the EU Borders Code

    March 2024

    The Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU and negotiators from the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on February 6, 2024, regarding the amendment of EU law governing the functioning of the Schengen area at both its external and internal borders.

  • Franco-German-Luxembourg development of the Moselle Valley

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    Franco-German-Luxembourg development of the Moselle Valley

    March 2024

    As part of the partnership between the MOT and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, represented by its Department of Spatial Planning, the MOT led a Franco-German-Luxembourgian cross-border workshop on January 31st 2024 at the Maison de la Nature du Pays de Sierck (Moselle).

  • Towards a Corsican-Sardinian cross-border reserve recognised by UNESCO?

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    Towards a Corsican-Sardinian cross-border reserve recognised by UNESCO?

    March 2024

    The Corsican Territorial Authority (Collectivité de Corse) and the Autonomous Region of Sardinia have launched a fundamental process of cooperation to ensure joint management of environmental issues in the Bucchi di Bunifaziu area.

  • Answer the OECD survey on the Franco-German border

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    Answer the OECD survey on the Franco-German border

    February 2024

    Do you live near the franco-german border? Do you deal with public services on both sides of the border? Share your experience with us!

  • New MOT focus on maritime cooperation

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    New MOT focus on maritime cooperation

    February 2024

    From the English Channel to the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, cooperation in sea basins was at the heart of discussions at the conference on Regional Cooperation in Maritime Areas (ReCMA), organised in September by the University of Lille, the TVES laboratory and the MOT. To report on this work, the MOT is publishing a "Focus" on this theme at the heart of European integration.

  • Project of the month: a point of access to cross-border law - a first in Europe!

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    Project of the month: a point of access to cross-border law - a first in Europe!

    February 2024

    A new initiative in the cross-border legal field, the "Justice without borders" pilot project acts as a Franco-German access point to law in Kehl.

  • ESPON call for the CROSSGOV (Governance mechanisms for cross-border functional areas) research project

    EUROPE

    ESPON call for the CROSSGOV (Governance mechanisms for cross-border functional areas) research project

    February 2024

    The European research project "Governance mechanisms for cross-border functional areas" (CROSSGOV) aims to develop the knowledge base and prepare the ground for further research under the respective Thematic Action Plans (TAP), providing a common approach at European level. This will provide a departure point for activities to help policymakers at all relevant levels in harnessing the potential of functional approach in planning and governance.

  • CoR launches European Cross-Border Platform

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    CoR launches European Cross-Border Platform

    February 2024

    To underline the needs of the border regions and their citizens, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) launched the European Cross-Border Platform, the successor of the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) Platform. The MOT is fully involved in this process, and sits on the Steering Committee alongside AEBR and CESCI.

  • Belgian Presidency: cohesion policy and political declaration "A European policy fit for the future"
  • MEPs are calling on the member states to reach an agreement on the new mechanism for removing cross-border obstacles

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    MEPs are calling on the member states to reach an agreement on the new mechanism for removing cross-border obstacles

    February 2024

    MEPs have reiterated their readiness to start interinstitutional negotiations with the EU governments on new Commission proposal inspired by the Parliament´s resolution from September 2023 on new mechanism removing legal and administrative cross-border obstacles and fostering cooperation.They would like to reach an agreement on the proposal before the EU elections in June 2024.

  • Five years after the Treaty of Aachen: a progress report

    NATIONAL LEVEL

    Five years after the Treaty of Aachen: a progress report

    February 2024

    On January 22nd, 2019, France and Germany signed the Franco-German cooperation and integration treaty of Aachen.

  • Call for applicants : 2024 EGTC Awards

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    Call for applicants : 2024 EGTC Awards

    February 2024

    The European Committee of the Regions invites the European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation to submit their applications for the 2024 edition of the "Building Europe across borders" – Award for EGTCs.