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  • Europe and border territories unite in support of Ukraine

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    Europe and border territories unite in support of Ukraine

    March 2022

    The European Union and all of its Member States have strongly condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The humanitarian emergency highlights the importance of joint mobilisation, but also of cooperation and the role of territories located along borders in supporting the Ukrainians.

  • Meeting of the Franco-Luxembourg consultative committee attended by the MOT

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    Meeting of the Franco-Luxembourg consultative committee attended by the MOT

    March 2022

    On 23 February, the MOT was invited for the first time to take part in the “Tax and Teleworking” working group of the consultative committee on Franco-Luxembourg co-development. In particular, this gave it an opportunity to talk about the preliminary findings of its investigations into cross-border teleworking and its impacts.

  • Taking stock halfway through France’s presidency of the Greater Region – Clément Beaune proposes restarting discussions on the ECBM

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    Taking stock halfway through France’s presidency of the Greater Region – Clément Beaune proposes restarting discussions on the ECBM

    March 2022

    In January 2022, the Summit of Greater Region Executives took stock at the midpoint in France’s presidency, particularly with respect to the industrial, digital and energy transitions, flood and drought risk prevention, food and promoting short supply chains, culture, youth, sport and tourism, healthcare and security.

  • INSEE highlights the negative impact of cross-border workers on growth in the Grand Est Region

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    INSEE highlights the negative impact of cross-border workers on growth in the Grand Est Region

    March 2022

    According to a study by INSEE that has just been published, average GDP growth in the Grand Est Region is the second lowest among mainland France’s regions, after Burgundy- Franche-Comté: "In the region, per capita GDP totalled €28,300 in 2017, which was €1,200 lower than the average for provincial France. […] One explanation for this is the greater increase in the number of cross-border workers than of workers in employment.

  • New protected areas: cross-border cooperation in the Commission’s criteria

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    New protected areas: cross-border cooperation in the Commission’s criteria

    March 2022

    On 28 January, the European Commission published the "criteria and guidance" aimed at supporting Member States in identifying and designating new protected areas, with an objective of legally protecting 30% of land in the EU by 2030. The added value of cross-border cooperation is highlighted in them.

  • A label for European cities

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    A label for European cities

    March 2022

    In January 2020, the association Young Europeans France created the "European Cities Label" with the aim of promoting European democracy and bringing the European spirit alive in cities, towns and villages.

  • The French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs’ EXPE-CT label includes cross-border settings

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    The French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs’ EXPE-CT label includes cross-border settings

    March 2022

    The French Ministry’s Delegation for the External Action of Territorial Authorities (DAECT) renewed in 2022 its programme to promote the expertise of territorial authorities, known as EXPE-CT. Among the recipients in January 2022, for the category "Europe/ Cross-Border Cooperation", is the Grand Est Region with the theme "multi-sectoral cross-border cooperation (governance, organisation, cooperation)".

  • The European Commission has just presented its 8th Cohesion Report

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    The European Commission has just presented its 8th Cohesion Report

    February 2022

    Every three years, the Commission publishes a report on the economic, social, and territorial cohesion in the EU, presenting the progress and the EU's role as a driver for regional development. It analyses the evolution of cohesion in the EU according to a wide range of indicators, such as prosperity, employment, education levels, and accessibility and governance.

  • Registration is now open for the brand-new MOOC on European Territorial Cooperation!

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    Registration is now open for the brand-new MOOC on European Territorial Cooperation!

    February 2022

    More than 30 years after the creation of the INTERREG programme, the European Commission has teamed up with some of the most renowned experts* in the field of ETC to produce the very first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) entirely dedicated to European Territorial Cooperation!

  • AEBR and the European Commission have released five new b-solutions’ publications

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    AEBR and the European Commission have released five new b-solutions’ publications

    February 2022

    AEBR and the European Commission’s DG REGIO have released a series of publications aiming at raising awareness of cross-border cooperation. These showcase relevant information gained through the implementation of the b-solutions initiative, which AEBR has managed on behalf of DG REGIO for the past four years.

  • MOT general assembly - A full programme for cross-border cooperation in 2022

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    MOT general assembly - A full programme for cross-border cooperation in 2022

    February 2022

    More than 120 people, including many elected representatives, came together remotely for the MOT’s first general assembly of the year on 9 February 2022. For Christian Dupessey, MOT’s President, Mayor of Annemasse and President of the Metropolitan Pole of the French Genevois: "our cross-border regions have been at the heart of the pandemic, which has brought about a new awareness that the MOT has greatly contributed to fostering".

  • Adoption of the 3DS bill in France: tangible progress for cross-border territories

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    Adoption of the 3DS bill in France: tangible progress for cross-border territories

    February 2022

    The 3DS bill (standing for differentiation, decentralisation, deconcentration and simplification of local public action) was adopted in its final reading at the Assemblée Nationale and the Senate in France on 8-9 February. The MOT is delighted about the inclusion for the first time of a chapter devoted to cross-border cooperation in a piece of legislation.

  • International conference on urban sustainable development: spotlight on cross-border territories

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    International conference on urban sustainable development: spotlight on cross-border territories

    February 2022

    The MOT took part in this conference organised within the framework of the French Partnership for Cities and Territories. It led one of its four workshops, on cross-border and European cooperation initiatives, and was able to get across the following message: sustainable development also needs to cross borders and requires cross-border cooperation.

  • Strengthen cross-border cooperation in Europe, one of the five priority areas of the Joint Action Plan Plan signed by the European Commission and the CoR

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    Strengthen cross-border cooperation in Europe, one of the five priority areas of the Joint Action Plan Plan signed by the European Commission and the CoR

    February 2022

    On 25 January, the European Committee of the Regions and the European Commission signed a Joint Action Plan signed to enhance cooperation to support regions in the transition towards a more inclusive, sustainable and digital Europe.

  • New DG REGIO Study: Providing public transport in cross-border regions – mapping of existing services and legal obstacles

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    New DG REGIO Study: Providing public transport in cross-border regions – mapping of existing services and legal obstacles

    February 2022

    With about 30% of the EU population living in internal border regions, the new DG REGIO publication contributes to the growing recognition of the importance of cross-border public transport services (CBPT) and their role in facilitating cross-border activities central to the development of border regions.

  • Meeting with Commissioner Elisa Ferreira

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    Meeting with Commissioner Elisa Ferreira

    February 2022

    On 25 January, a videoconference brought together the European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, the MOT’s President, Christian Dupessey, the AEBR’s President Karl-Heinz Lambertz, and CESCI’s Vice-President, Zsuzsanna Fejes.

  • EGTC Award 2022 – Call for applications

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    EGTC Award 2022 – Call for applications

    February 2022

    The European Committee of the Regions invites the European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation to submit their applications for the 2022 edition of the award "Building Europe across borders" – Award for EGTCs.

  • A cross-border participatory budget for the Pyrénées-Atlantiques Department and Gipuzkoa

    TERRITORIES

    A cross-border participatory budget for the Pyrénées-Atlantiques Department and Gipuzkoa

    February 2022

    "This is unique in France – we are the first!” declared Jean-Jacques Lasserre, the President of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques Departmental Council, on 27 January, accompanied by the Deputy-General of Gipuzkoa, at a press conference held to launch an innovative project named "ideiak 2022".

  • The Pyrenees-Mediterranean Euroregion is setting up a "Youth Parliament"

    TERRITORIES

    The Pyrenees-Mediterranean Euroregion is setting up a "Youth Parliament"

    February 2022

    The Occitanie Region, the Generalitat of Catalonia and the government of the Balearic Islands approved in Brussels on Thursday the creation of a Youth Parliament. An initiative of the Occitanie Region, and its Vice-President, Nadia Pellefigue, which holds the rotating presidency of the Euroregion until the end of the year. We may recall that 2022 is the "European Year of Youth".

  • Detail of Interreg programmes published

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    Detail of Interreg programmes published

    February 2022

    On 19 January 2022, the European Commission published in the EU’s Official Journal the detail of Interreg programmes for the period 2021 to 2027.

  • A "web" of cross-border innovation to observe and promote the economy of the Upper Rhine

    TERRITORIES

    A "web" of cross-border innovation to observe and promote the economy of the Upper Rhine

    February 2022

    A "web" is a new method for observing innovative sectors. It consists of a mode of visualisation of ecosystems through the representation of their players and the relationships that connect them, and is designed to be a "participatory and experimental tool".

  • Several calls for projects to support decentralised cooperation

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    Several calls for projects to support decentralised cooperation

    February 2022

    The Delegation for the External Action of Local Authorities (DAECT) of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs has launched several calls for projects – general, thematic and geographical – to support decentralised cooperation projects. They must be submitted between mid-March and mid-April.

  • Conference on "What dynamics for cross-border territories?": the recordings are online

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    Conference on "What dynamics for cross-border territories?": the recordings are online

    February 2022

    Jean Peyrony, Director-General of the Transfrontier Operational Mission, spoke on the subject of innovation at this conference organised by the Think Tank Territoire (TTT), at the Senate, on 3 January 2022.

  • Editorial by Jean Rottner, President of the Grand Est Region and President of the FNAU

    TERRITORIES

    Editorial by Jean Rottner, President of the Grand Est Region and President of the FNAU

    January 2022

    With the start of the 2022 marking the launch of France’s presidency of the European Union, it is an important time to champion the construction of a Europe that is closer to its citizens, a Europe of daily life, notably embodied by the cross-border territories, which contribute to cementing the European edifice.

  • Two urban planning agencies join the MOT network

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    Two urban planning agencies join the MOT network

    January 2022

    After the AGUR(1), AGAPE(2) and the Saint-Omer AUD(3), the MOT has the pleasure of welcoming two new urban planning agencies into its network: the Besançon Centre Franche-Comté Urban Planning Agency (AUDAB) and the Atlantic-Pyrenees Urban Planning Agency (AUDAP).