News

  • 15th year of the Saar-Moselle bike festival

    TERRITORIES

    15th year of the Saar-Moselle bike festival

    September 2015

    On 6 September, this cross-border cycling festival that has been held every year in the SaarMoselle Eurodistrict celebrated 15 years of existence with the slogan "70 years of peace and friendship".

  • A new Euro-Institut (PL/CZ/SK)

    TERRITORIES

    A new Euro-Institut (PL/CZ/SK)

    September 2015

    On 30 June 2015 at the University of Silesia the inaugural international conference of the Polish-Czech-Slovak Euro-Institut was held, organised by the Association for Development and Regional Cooperation "Olza" (representing the Polish side of the Cieszyn Silesia Euroregion) and the Institut EuroSchola in Trinec (Czech Republic).

  • The TV programme "Le Dessous des Cartes"

    EUROPE

    The TV programme "Le Dessous des Cartes"

    September 2015

    On the occasion of the conference on 15-16 September in Luxembourg, an edition of the television programme "Le Dessous des Cartes" was devoted to European territorial cooperation.

  • Promulgation in France of the "NOTRe Act"

    FRANCE

    Promulgation in France of the "NOTRe Act"

    September 2015

    The New Territorial Organisation of the Republic Act (the "NOTRe Act") was promulgated on 7 August 2015 in France.

  • "Tools to support integrated territorial approaches – an opportunity for territorial cooperation?" A study of the France-Spain-Andorra territory

    TERRITORIES

    "Tools to support integrated territorial approaches – an opportunity for territorial cooperation?" A study of the France-Spain-Andorra territory

    September 2015

    At the instigation of the partners in the Spain-France-Andorra cooperation programme (POCTEFA) a study has been carried out on Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) and Community-led Local Development (CLLD).

  • Commission launches the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region

    EUROPE

    Commission launches the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region

    July 2015

    Today the Commission officially launched the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP), the fourth EU macro-regional strategy. More than70 million citizens will reap the benefits of a closer cooperation between regions and countries in terms of research and innovation, SME support, mobility, tourism, environmental protection and energy resources management.

  • Call for papers - 15th Border Regions in Transition (BRIT) Conference: "Cities, States and Borders: From the Local to the Global"

    EUROPE

    Call for papers - 15th Border Regions in Transition (BRIT) Conference: "Cities, States and Borders: From the Local to the Global"

    July 2015

    The BRIT 2016 Conference will be held in Hamburg (Germany) and in Sønderborg (Denmark), on 17-20 May 2016. The deadline for the call for papers is November 1, 2015.

  • The MOT inaugurates its online documentation portal!

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    The MOT inaugurates its online documentation portal!

    July 2015

    After more than five years of work, the MOT is inaugurating its online documentation portal - available in French - and opening up its documentation centre to specialist users.

  • Interact slogan contest: vote now!

    EUROPE

    Interact slogan contest: vote now!

    July 2015

    Did you submit a slogan for the slogan contest? Or would you like to vote for your favourite slogan and make sure the best and most original one wins?

  • Conference in Metz on French-German cross-border cooperation

    TERRITORIES

    Conference in Metz on French-German cross-border cooperation

    July 2015

    A French-German ministerial conference, attended by French secretary of state for European affairs Harlem Désir and his German counterpart Michael Roth, both general-secretaries for French-German cooperation, took place on 6 and 7 July in Metz.

  • More than 150 people meeting in Chamonix!

    MOT

    More than 150 people meeting in Chamonix!

    June 2015

    More than 150 people, elected officials and stakeholders in cross-border territories, national and European representatives met in Chamonix on 17-18 June on the occasion of the MOT General Assembly to debate on the impact of territorial reforms on cross-border cooperation.

  • Editorial from Michel Delebarre, Former Minister of State, Senator of the North, President of MOT

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    Editorial from Michel Delebarre, Former Minister of State, Senator of the North, President of MOT

    June 2015

    The current territorial reform in France is going to reinforce the role of regional and local players who are better placed to take action at territorial level. France is converging with most of its neighbours, which should facilitate cross-border cooperation.

  • Annual network's meeting and Technicians' Platform

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    Annual network's meeting and Technicians' Platform

    June 2015

    On 18 June, following the conference-debate, MOT annual bodies were the occasion of important votes for the association. New statutes, after several months working with members, were adopted.

  • Cross-border conurbations

    EUROPE

    Cross-border conurbations

    July 2015

    As part of the programme of the Luxembourg presidency of the EU Council, a workshop on the potential of small and medium-sized towns in polycentric cross-border metropolitan regions took place in Luxembourg City on 30 June.

  • First meeting of the European Parliament working group on cross-border cooperation

    EUROPE

    First meeting of the European Parliament working group on cross-border cooperation

    June 2015

    "The end of roaming – additional charges for telephone calls made and messages sent from abroad – is anticipated with impatience by all border residents,” declared Anne Sander, MEP and MOT vice-president, on the occasion of the launch meeting of a new parliamentary working group on border questions on 24 June at the European Parliament.

  • Inauguration des chemins de la contrebande franco-suisses

    TERRITORIES

    Inauguration des chemins de la contrebande franco-suisses

    Juin 2015

    Ambitieux projet porté par Le Pays Horloger (France) et le Parc naturel régional du Doubs (Suisse), les Chemins de la Contrebande franco-suisse proposent quatre itinéraires pédestres et VTT entre la France et la Suisse, alternative originale aux randonnées classiques, avec une quête ludique et l’utilisation des nouvelles technologies, qui pimentent les parcours entre France et Suisse et ouvrent un vaste champ de découvertes à partager.

  • Launching of the "Interreg Europe" programme

    EUROPE

    Launching of the "Interreg Europe" programme

    June 2015

    The European Commission adopted on 11th June 2015 the new interregional cooperation programme ("Interreg Europe") between all EU Member States with the participation of Norway and Switzerland, worth more than EUR 359 million.

  • Fourth report of the Observatoire des Territoires

    FRANCE

    Fourth report of the Observatoire des Territoires

    June 2015

    The report "Qualité de vie, habitants, territoires" (quality of life, inhabitants, territories), delivered to the French Minister of Housing, Territorial Equality and Rural Affairs on 11 May 2015, is available for downloading from the Observatoire des Territoires website [in French].

  • Inauguration in Strasbourg of the cross-border KiosK Office

    TERRITORIES

    Inauguration in Strasbourg of the cross-border KiosK Office

    June 2015

    The KiosK Office, a unique French-German co-production, was inaugurated on 10 June 2015 in Strasbourg in the presence of Harlem Désir, French secretary of state for European affairs.

  • France-Spain cooperation: seminar in Madrid

    FRANCE

    France-Spain cooperation: seminar in Madrid

    June 2015

    For the first time, on 29 May 2015, the French Embassy in Madrid brought together local elected representatives and state representatives of the border territories between France and Spain, as well as the leaders of the Aquitaine-Euskadi and Pyrénées-Méditerranée Euroregions, to enable in-depth discussions on all cross-border cooperation between the two countries.

  • Un partenariat MOT/Mairie-conseils pour valoriser les initiatives transfrontalières locales!

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    Un partenariat MOT/Mairie-conseils pour valoriser les initiatives transfrontalières locales!

    June 2015

    Dans le cadre d'un nouveau partenariat entre le service Mairie-conseils de la Caisse des Dépôts et la MOT, les initiatives et projets transfrontaliers au service de la population locale sont mis en avant et un premier "Bouquet d'expériences transfrontalières" a été mis en ligne.

  • Editorial from Roland Ries, Mayor of Strasbourg, Honorary President of the MOT

    TERRITORIES

    Editorial from Roland Ries, Mayor of Strasbourg, Honorary President of the MOT

    May 2015

    The MAPTAM (modernisation of territorial public action and affirmation of metropolitan areas) Act of 27 January 2014 has opened up new fields for the cross-border cooperation of large conurbations. Linked with the cohesion policy and the EGTC instrument in particular, it shows that the importance of metropolitan approaches in cross-border living and working areas is being taken into account.

  • Strasbourg, a resolutely cross-border metropolis

    TERRITORIES

    Strasbourg, a resolutely cross-border metropolis

    May 2015

    Bridging the gap between France and Germany, Strasbourg is at the heart of the Upper Rhine and has formed diverse partnerships at various levels of cross-border cooperation consistent with its metropolitan policies.

  • The Espace Mont-Blanc: a cooperation space to be protected and promoted

    TERRITORIES

    The Espace Mont-Blanc: a cooperation space to be protected and promoted

    May 2015

    For more than twenty years, the Espace Mont Blanc (FR/IT/CH) has been striving to meet the needs for sustainable and balanced development of the Mont Blanc massif and its valleys, in order to protect and promote this emblematic cross-border territory.

  • Identifying the obstacles to cross-border cooperation

    EUROPE

    Identifying the obstacles to cross-border cooperation

    May 2015

    With a view to its presidency of the EU Council in the second half of 2015, the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg has placed the clearing of obstacles to cross-border cooperation at the centre of its priorities. A member of the MOT, the Grand-Duchy commissioned it to provide assistance, generating input for one of three technical seminars which took place on 19 May 2015 in Luxembourg City in preparation of its presidency. The MOT analysis is online.