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  • The end of roaming charges in Europe

    EUROPE

    The end of roaming charges in Europe

    June 2017

    On 15 June 2017, the EU "sounded the death knell" for roaming charges in the whole of the European Union.

  • Cross-border cooperation to enhance renewable energy

    EUROPE

    Cross-border cooperation to enhance renewable energy

    June 2017

    On 3 June, the MOT took part in the conference entitled "Cross-border cooperation to enhance renewable energy in the EU" organised by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the World Future Council at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels.

  • University of the Greater Region (UniGR) launches a new study programme

    TERRITORIES

    University of the Greater Region (UniGR) launches a new study programme

    June 2017

    The "Master's in border studies" is an international, interdisciplinary and multilingual study programme aimed at providing students who wish to pursue their careers in intercultural and cross-border settings with the main concepts and necessary analytical tools to understand the issues related to border territories and transnational cooperation.

  • ESPON Seminar

    EUROPE

    ESPON Seminar

    June 2017

    On 24-25 May in Malta, the ESPON seminar “Revealing territorial potentials and shaping new policies - Contribution to the post-2020 cohesion policy debate” was held, organised by the EGTC in conjunction with the Maltese presidency of the European Union Council.

  • A label of territorial expertise for the MOT

    MOT

    A label of territorial expertise for the MOT

    June 2017

    The MOT has been awarded the "International territorial expertise" label by the Ministry of Europe and European Affairs within the framework of the programme to support territorial authorities' thematic cooperation (PACT3).

  • The MOT's assignment in Brazzaville

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    The MOT's assignment in Brazzaville

    June 2017

    The MOT made a contribution in Brazzaville at a conference of the International Association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF), in a workshop on regional cooperation among Central African local authorities.

  • Cerdanya cross-border abattoir up and running

    TERRITORIES

    Cerdanya cross-border abattoir up and running

    June 2017

    The cross-border abattoir in Ur (French Cerdanya) has been operating since the start of April. The facility promoted by Cerdanya District Council (Spain) and the Bourg-Madame abattoir (France) has been 50% financed by the two partners and European funds, with a total cost of €5.4 million.

  • A cross-border tramline once again links Strasbourg to Kehl

    TERRITORIES

    A cross-border tramline once again links Strasbourg to Kehl

    May 2017

    It was at 4.52 in the morning of 29 April 2017 that the first tram of Line D set off from Strasbourg in the direction of neighbouring Kehl, with the two cities now even more closely linked, within the framework of a project that has profoundly changed the urban landscape.

  • Franco-German pilot project for cross-border energy networks

    TERRITORIES

    Franco-German pilot project for cross-border energy networks

    May 2017

    In the context of constructing an "Energy Europe", a Franco-German experiment with a decentralised, local and also cross-border energy network is going to be conducted in order to go beyond the traditional interconnections between countries via high-voltage lines.

  • Event to launch the Mobipro.GR project

    TERRITORIES

    Event to launch the Mobipro.GR project

    May 2017

    On 25 April 2017 in Forbach, an event to launch the European project “Mobipro.GR“ took place.

  • The French Geneva Area turns into a Pole Metropolitain

    TERRITORIES

    The French Geneva Area turns into a Pole Metropolitain

    May 2017

    In order to increase its influence in the development of the Greater Geneva cross-border territory, on 1 May 2017 the French Geneva Region Cooperation Assembly (ARC), the French side of the Local Grouping of Cross-Border Cooperation, became the French Geneva Area Pôle Metropolitain.

  • "Mission on Governance in North Lorraine" report

    PUBLICATION

    "Mission on Governance in North Lorraine" report

    May 2017

    This report, submitted by the General Commission for Territorial Equality (CGET) to the Prime Minister, recommends the creation of a pôle métropolitain encompassing more than 300,000 inhabitants on the border with Belgium and Luxembourg. This would enable North Lorraine to take advantage of its geographical position and of the great attractiveness of its immediate neighbours.

  • Call for proposals under the LIFE programme

    EUROPE

    Call for proposals under the LIFE programme

    May 2017

    In April, the European programme LIFE launched a new call for projects with two focuses: the environment and action for climate.

  • Call for proposals regarding cross-border employment

    EUROPE

    Call for proposals regarding cross-border employment

    May 2017

    The European Union's programme for employment and social innovation (EaSI) has launched a call for proposals regarding cross-border employment.

  • "20 years of the MOT" label for events

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    "20 years of the MOT" label for events

    May 2017

    While the European conference being held by the MOT on 30 November-1 December will be at the heart of a year of festivities in 2017/2018 to celebrate its 20th anniversary, the organisation also wishes to promote the events organised by members of its network. To do this, it is proposing to award them the label "20 years of the MOT" *.

  • The future of transport in the Mediterranean: the GEECCTT-ILES project

    TERRITORIES

    The future of transport in the Mediterranean: the GEECCTT-ILES project

    May 2017

    The project "Gestion Européenne Conjointe des Connexions et Transports pour les îles – GEECCTT-ILES" (Joint European Management of Connections and Transport for the Islands), which is aimed at creating transport links in the Western Mediterranean, has just been approved by the Interreg programme's monitoring committee.

  • Editorial by Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice, President of the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis

    TERRITORIES

    Editorial by Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice, President of the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis

    May 2017

    Innovation does not stop at France's borders The Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis, which now features among the 10 leading smart cities in the world, has been built up around a very dense international ecosystem. This has been in its DNA for a very long time…

  • The cross-border dimension as a mission

    TERRITORIES

    The cross-border dimension as a mission

    May 2017

    The Nice Côte D'Azur Metropolis has at least three particularities that have contributed to its growth.

  • MOT Study on cross-border issues in mountain areas

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    MOT Study on cross-border issues in mountain areas

    April 2017

    At the request of the CGET,* the MOT has conducted a study on the cross-border issues in mountain areas, which cover nearly 42% of mainland France's borders.

  • The Committee of the Regions' annual monitoring report on EGTCs

    PUBLICATION

    The Committee of the Regions' annual monitoring report on EGTCs

    April 2017

    This publication looks at developments in EGTCs during 2016. Based on an updated overview and case studies, the report aims to highlight the EGTCs' main areas of action, their involvement in cohesion policy, and their achievements and the obstacles encountered.

  • Castle Talks and study day on the diplomacy of territorial authorities

    EUROPE

    Castle Talks and study day on the diplomacy of territorial authorities

    April 2017

    On 20-21 March 2017 in Strasbourg, Jean Peyrony, the MOT's Director-General, took part in the second edition of the " Castle Talks on Cross-Border Cooperation", a series of conferences organised notably by the University of Strasbourg and the Euro-Institut in Kehl that brings together researchers, students and players involved in cross-border cooperation.

  • The Fourth European Forum of the Outermost Regions

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    The Fourth European Forum of the Outermost Regions

    April 2017

    On 30-31 March 2017, before more than 500 participants, the Presidents of the outermost regions (ORs) submitted to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, a memorandum urging for better account to be taken of their specificities in European policies through a "New Strategy for the ORs".

  • "PASSAGE" to a low-carbon economy in the Dover Strait

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    "PASSAGE" to a low-carbon economy in the Dover Strait

    April 2017

    On 13 March 2017, around 50 French and British stakeholders from either side of the Dover Strait met in St Margaret's Bay, in Kent, to discuss an action plan for the low-carbon transition.

  • The third Franco-German cross-border conference

    TERRITORIES

    The third Franco-German cross-border conference

    April 2017

    On 5-6 April 2017 in Neustadt-an-der Weinstraße (Rhineland-Palatinate), the third Franco-German cross-border conference was held, in the presence of Harlem Désir, the Secretary of State for European Affairs (FR), and Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe (DE).

  • 14th edition of the cross-border workers fair

    TERRITORIES

    14th edition of the cross-border workers fair

    April 2017

    The 2017 edition of the cross-border workers fair, organised by the European Cross-Border Grouping in Annemasse, attracted nearly 2000 visitors.