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  • 38th Conference of Urban-Planning Agencies: "Building a Europe of Places and Links"

    FRANCE

    38th Conference of Urban-Planning Agencies: "Building a Europe of Places and Links"

    November 2017

    The 38th Conference of Urban-Planning Agencies was held on 8-10 November in Strasbourg, with the theme "Building a Europe of Places and Links" ("Construire l'Europe des Lieux et des Liens").

  • Workshop on the Commission's Communication on cross-border obstacles and the AEBR's annual conference

    EUROPE

    Workshop on the Commission's Communication on cross-border obstacles and the AEBR's annual conference

    November 2017

    On 25 October 2017 in Merida (Spain), the MOT took part in a workshop of the European Commission's DG REGIO with the border regions of Spain, Portugal, France and Italy on the topic of obstacles to cross-border cooperation, following the Communication published in September.

  • Castle Talks on Cross-Border Cooperation

    FRANCE

    Castle Talks on Cross-Border Cooperation

    November 2017

    On 8-10 November 2017 in Strasbourg, the MOT took part in the third edition of the "Castle Talks on Cross-Border Cooperation".

  • Call for projects promoting decentralised cooperation

    FRANCE

    Call for projects promoting decentralised cooperation

    November 2017

    The Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs has launched a call for projects promoting decentralised cooperation, within which cross-border cooperation has been identified as a priority area.

  • Seminar on observation of cross-border territories

    EUROPE

    Seminar on observation of cross-border territories

    November 2017

    On 9-10 November 2017, the MOT took part in the final conference of a project on the observation of cross-border territories along Germany's borders.

  • European Week of Regions and Cities

    EUROPEAN WEEK OF REGIONS AND CITIES

    European Week of Regions and Cities

    October 2017

    During the 15th edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities, which was held between 9 and 12 October 2017 in Brussels on the topic of cooperation “working for a better future”, numerous workshops addressed European territorial cooperation. Notably, the MOT team participated in the workshops “Regional and intermediate policy makers, drivers for maritime cooperation” and “Enhancing capacities of regions and cities for better cross-border cooperation”.

  • CNFPT-MOT meeting

    MOT

    CNFPT-MOT meeting

    October 2017

    In the context of its partnership with the CNFPT (French National Centre for the Territorial Civil Service), the MOT organised, with a number of partners, different training sessions.

  • Meetings of the MOT's bodies and the Technicians' Platform

    MOT

    Meetings of the MOT's bodies and the Technicians' Platform

    October 2017

    In the presence of Michel Delebarre, President of the MOT, and a number of elected officials, the meeting of the MOT’s steering committee was the occasion to take stock of the organisation’s different activities, and to discuss the future triennial programme for the years 2018-2020.

  • Cross-border cooperation in the field of health

    PUBLICATION

    Cross-border cooperation in the field of health

    October 2017

    This publication, to which the MOT has contributed, notably by producing the maps, aims to take stock of cross-border cooperation in the field of health and the evolution of Europe’s role in the healthcare sector in global terms, by focussing on 7 experiences in Europe and by looking closely at the French-Belgian situation.

  • ESPON - Territorial impact assessment tool, Cross-border public services

    EUROPE

    ESPON - Territorial impact assessment tool, Cross-border public services

    October 2017

    Developed over the course of the 2007-2013 programming period, the ESPON territorial impact assessment tool aims to support political decision-makers in identifying the potential territorial impacts of EU policies and legislative proposals in the regions.

  • "Promoting cohesion and development in the ORs"

    TERRITORIES

    "Promoting cohesion and development in the ORs"

    October 2017

    In light of the elaboration of a new European strategy for the “outermost regions” (ORs), the Regional Development Commission of the European Parliament published a report in March 2017 to promote cohesion and development in the ORs by applying article 349 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) in an innovative and positive manner.

  • "Alzette Belval, towards a cross-border smartcity?"
  • URBACT City Festival - Greater Geneva wins a seal of approval

    EUROPE

    URBACT City Festival - Greater Geneva wins a seal of approval

    October 2017

    On the occasion of the URBACT City Festival in Tallinn, which ran from 3 to 5 October, the PACA (concerted metropolitan development areas) process implemented by Greater Geneva has been selected and labelled “Good Practice”.

  • "What cross-border cooperation in the field of healthcare in the Jura Arc?"

    FRANCE

    "What cross-border cooperation in the field of healthcare in the Jura Arc?"

    October 2017

    Following the signing on 27 September 2016 of the framework agreement on cross-border health cooperation between France and Switzerland, the first morning of reflection organised by the Trans-Jura Conference, which brought together elected officials and cross-border health cooperation stakeholders, aimed to take stock of existing cross-border cooperation in the field of health and to determine the desired areas for future cooperation.

  • PASSAGE project seminar

    EUROPE

    PASSAGE project seminar

    October 2017

    The MOT participated in the seminar on maritime cooperation, organised within the framework of the PASSAGE project, in Tallinn in September.

  • Adoption of the Communication “Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions”

    EUROPE

    Adoption of the Communication “Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions”

    September 2017

    On 20 and 21 September 2017 in Brussels, a conference was held to mark the adoption of the Communication entitled “Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions”.

  • Greater Geneva: 3 major infrastructure projects co-financed by the Swiss Confederation

    FRANCE

    Greater Geneva: 3 major infrastructure projects co-financed by the Swiss Confederation

    September 2017

    On 19 June 2017, new conventions were signed between the President of the Council of State of the Republic and Canton of Geneva, François Longchamp, and the President of the Agglomeration community of Annemasse ,Christian Dupessey, enabling the Swiss Confederation’s participation in the financing of 3 Greater Geneva flagship projects, at a level of 26 million euros.

  • 2017 project files

    MOT

    2017 project files

    September 2017

    Every year, the MOT publishes a dossier highlighting exemplary cross-border projects along French borders.

  • Towards a differentiation of public action in French territories

    FRANCE

    Towards a differentiation of public action in French territories

    September 2017

    Over the course of the first meeting of the Conference of the Territories (a new platform for exchange, consultation and decision-making headed by the French prime minister), Emmanuel Macron presented the new differentiation of public action, a vector for a new equality of opportunity for the territories.

  • Opinion of the Committee of the Regions on people-to-people and small-scale projects

    EUROPE

    Opinion of the Committee of the Regions on people-to-people and small-scale projects

    September 2017

    People-to-people (P2P) projects are small-scale projects, accessible to a wide range of beneficiaries, oriented towards the promotion of contact and exchanges between people from either side of the border.

  • Guide for cross-border cooperation in the field of the environment

    PUBLICATION

    Guide for cross-border cooperation in the field of the environment

    September 2017

    Within the context of the regional accord for the application of the Espoo Convention (1991) in a tri-national framework, the French-German-Swiss Upper Rhine Conference has published a guide to procedures for cross-border consultations concerning projects, plans and programmes with significant impact on the environment.

  • Cross-border co-operation networks in West Africa

    PUBLICATION

    Cross-border co-operation networks in West Africa

    September 2017

    Long seen as artificial barriers inherited from decolonisation, West African borders now lie at the heart of policies designed to encourage regional trade and combat political instability.

  • “What governance for geographic information?”

    EUROPE

    “What governance for geographic information?”

    September 2017

    In association with the Grand Est regional council, the AFIGEO (French Association for Geographic Information) and the CNIG (French National Council for Geographic Information) took the INSPIRE European Conference of 4 and 5 September as an opportunity to bring together French-speaking players of the profession in the context of a “Francophone conference on geographic information”.

  • Ratification by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and France of the framework agreement on cross-border health cooperation

    EUROPE

    Ratification by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and France of the framework agreement on cross-border health cooperation

    September 2017

    Good quality healthcare for the populations of the French-Luxembourgish border regions, made more accessible, more rapid and closer to home - this is the objective of the framework agreement on health cooperation ratified by Luxembourg and France.

  • Finalisation of the report of the cross-border obstacles working group

    EUROPE

    Finalisation of the report of the cross-border obstacles working group

    June 2017

    On 30 May 2017 at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels, the fifth meeting of the intergovernmental working group on innovative solutions to obstacles to cross-border cooperation was held.