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  • European Territorial Authority of Alsace – towards a principle of differentiation

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    European Territorial Authority of Alsace – towards a principle of differentiation

    March 2019

    The French decree establishing the European Territorial Authority of Alsace through the merger of the Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin Departments was published on 28 February. The new authority will come into being on 1 February 2021.

  • A new website for the Basel Trinational Eurodistrict

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    A new website for the Basel Trinational Eurodistrict

    March 2019

    The Basel Trinational Eurodistrict brings together the three countries of the Basel conurbation with over 900,000 inhabitants. A member of the MOT since 2005, it was the first trinational Eurodistrict to be created in Europe.

  • The Grand Est Region's cross-border strategic orientations

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    The Grand Est Region's cross-border strategic orientations

    January 2019

    In December, the Grand Est Region published a brochure setting out its strategic orientations in the area of cross-border cooperation.

  • Cross-border issues at the heart of the Grand Est Region's SRADDET

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    Cross-border issues at the heart of the Grand Est Region's SRADDET

    January 2019

    After two years of co-construction, the elected representatives of the Grand Est Region presented the major elements of the Region’s SRADDET at an event in Metz on 30 November 2018.

  • Seminar on cross-border taxation

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    Seminar on cross-border taxation

    January 2019

    A seminar on the fair distribution of taxes and social security contributions in cross-border areas was held on 25 October in Geneva by the FEDRE Foundation and the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities.

  • Outcomes of the cross-border citizen consultations

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    Outcomes of the cross-border citizen consultations

    December 2018

    The MOT, and the Jacques Delors Institute have in a 50-page document compiled a summary of the five cross-border citizen consultations that they held with local partners.

  • Citizens’ consultations on the Franco-Swiss border

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    Citizens’ consultations on the Franco-Swiss border

    October 2018

    Two cross-border citizens’ consultations were held on 18-19 September 2018 by the MOT, the Jacques Delors Institute, the European Cross-Border Grouping and the Metropolitan Pole of the French Genevois in Saint-Genis-Pouilly and Annemasse. Around 50 citizens attended on both days to talk about their day-to-day experience of the border and express their expectations and wishes with regard to Greater Geneva and the EU.

  • Construction of Greater Geneva: disappointment on the French side

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    Construction of Greater Geneva: disappointment on the French side

    October 2018

    On 14 September the Swiss Government introduced its bill concerning the funding of “Third generation conurbation projects”.

  • France-Switzerland: "Back to work for cross-border workers"

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    France-Switzerland: "Back to work for cross-border workers"

    October 2018

    In a press release issued in September, the European Cross-Border Grouping provides updates on the major issues of the autumn for Franco-Swiss cross-border workers, such as the “national preference lite” introduced in Switzerland, the payment of cross-border workers’ unemployment benefit by Switzerland and taxing income at source.

  • Grand Est: a report to the French prime minister on responding to the "longing for Alsace"

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    Grand Est: a report to the French prime minister on responding to the "longing for Alsace"

    September 2018

    The French prime minister has entrusted the Prefect of the Grand Est region with a mission relating to the institutional solutions available to give form to the “longing for Alsace”.

  • “Passe-Partout”, a cross-border educational game for schoolchildren

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    “Passe-Partout”, a cross-border educational game for schoolchildren

    September 2018

    Launched in 2017 in the Pamina Eurodistrict, the educational game “Passe-partout – Weltenbummler” (“Globetrotter”) has successfully completed an initial pilot phase, and in September 2018 begins a new phase now covering the whole of the Upper Rhine region. A project to replicate!

  • Cross-border agenda at Grand Est council 'board meeting'

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    Cross-border agenda at Grand Est council 'board meeting'

    September 2018

    On 11 July 2018 in Châlons-en-Champagne in France, a meeting of the Grand Est Regional Administration Committee (CAR) was held: a veritable ‘board meeting’ of the State in the region, bringing together every two months the prefects of the region and the départements, and all of the decentralised services of the State.

  • Statistical portraits of the Jura Arc territories

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    Statistical portraits of the Jura Arc territories

    July 2018

    The Jura Arc Cross-Border Statistical Observatory has published statistical portraits of four cooperation territories identified along the Franco-Swiss border as part of the 2016-2020 strategy of the Trans-Jura Conference.

  • "Towards an Alsace Euro-authority"

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    "Towards an Alsace Euro-authority"

    July 2018

    The executives of the Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin Departments have submitted to the Prefect of the Grand Est Region a proposal for an authority with special status, based on the views of 13,000 citizens.

  • The cross-border dimension in the Territorial Observatory's annual report

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    The cross-border dimension in the Territorial Observatory's annual report

    July 2018

    The General Commission for Territorial Equality (CGET) has just published its 2017 annual report. An extensive chapter looks at the dynamics of cross-border employment. Border issues are also discussed in other sections of the report.

  • PUBLICATION

    "Greater Geneva in all its forms"

    June 2018

    Monograph edited by Vincent Mottet, Preface by Jean Denais. Editions Slatkine, March 2018. Price: SFR 27.30. Published in French only - Original title: "Le Grand Genève dans tous ses Etats".

  • Special edition on cross-border issues and the ecological transition

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    Special edition on cross-border issues and the ecological transition

    June 2018

    The General Council on the Environment and Sustainable Development, which is responsible for advising the government in the different fields of competence of the French Ministry for Ecological Transition, has devoted a special edition of its magazine "Pour mémoire" to cross-border issues in the areas of transport, the environment and energy.

  • The MOT publishes a map and a poster of cross-border territories

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    The MOT publishes a map and a poster of cross-border territories

    May 2018

    To mark its 20th anniversary, the MOT produced a map of European cross-border territories. Now, on the occasion of its 21st General Assembly, it is publishing – and has had printed in the form of a large poster – a map showing the cross-border territories along France's borders.

  • Survey on Greater Geneva, its population and their desire to live together

    TERRITORIES

    Survey on Greater Geneva, its population and their desire to live together

    May 2018

    In 2016, a wide-ranging opinion poll by HES-SO* Geneva investigated the habits and feeling of belonging to the cross-border territory of the population of Greater Geneva. In 2018, a team made up of three professors conducted the survey again, this time focusing particularly on the issue of mobility.

  • TV programme "Avenue de l'Europe" devoted to cross-border workers

    TERRITORIES

    TV programme "Avenue de l'Europe" devoted to cross-border workers

    May 2018

    "They are French and live in France, but work on the other side of the border, in Italy, Switzerland or Germany. They are known as the 'transfrontaliers' [cross-border workers]… There are 500,000 of them – the highest number in Europe. But is there an entente cordiale between these French people and their neighbours?"

  • The cross-border dimension at the heart of the Grand Est Region's "SRADDET" Plan

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    The cross-border dimension at the heart of the Grand Est Region's "SRADDET" Plan

    May 2018

    The new French regions have to draw up a "Schéma régional d’aménagement, de développement durable et d’égalité des territoires" (SRADDET – Regional Spatial Planning, Sustainable Development and Territorial Equality Plan). In order to set out a unifying political project for its territory, the Grand Est Region has chosen to place the cross-border dimension at the heart of its actions and to involve its cross-border partners in drawing it up.

  • TERRITORIES

    European Conference on the Energy Transition and signature of a cross-border agreement

    March 2018

    The 2018 edition of the European Conference on the Energy Transition took place on 30-31 January and 1 February in the territory of Greater Geneva, a cross-border first for this event that every year brings together more than 3,500 professionals in the areas of energy and sustainable development. The conference also provided the opportunity to sign a cross-border agreement on air quality in Greater Geneva.

  • Bourgogne-Franche-Comté: Optimising cross-border relations

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    Bourgogne-Franche-Comté: Optimising cross-border relations

    March 2018

    "The regions and countries that border the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Region are very attractive to its inhabitants, businesses and territorial authorities." The Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Regional Economic, Social and Environmental Council has attempted to understand the dynamics at work in the neighbouring territories and their impact on the region, in an 84-page document entitled "From good neighbourly relations to a development strategy".

  • French-Swiss innovation fair in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

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    French-Swiss innovation fair in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

    February 2018

    The "Rencontres franco-suisses de l’économie et de l’innovation en Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes", an ‘economy and innovation fair’, was held for the first time in Lyon on 15 January 2018.

  • The Basel tram network extended to Saint-Louis!

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    The Basel tram network extended to Saint-Louis!

    February 2018

    On 10 December 2017, the elected representatives of the Basel trinational conurbation had the pleasure of opening tram line 3 linking the centre of Basel-Stadt (CH) to the railway station of Saint-Louis (F). With this tram line it is now possible to travel from Saint-Louis station to Basel city centre in under 15 minutes.