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

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    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.

  • The French Geneva Area turns into a Pole Metropolitain

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    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.

  • 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.

  • 14th edition of the cross-border workers fair

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    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.

  • Geodata dedicated to innovative projects in Greater Geneva

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    Geodata dedicated to innovative projects in Greater Geneva

    April 2017

    Helping entrepreneurs located on either side of the border to create new digital services thanks to geodata on Greater Geneva – this is the aim of the Interreg project "Geofab Greater Geneva" launched on 4 April 2017.*

  • Three associations defending the rights of cross-border workers bring an action before the European Commission

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    Three associations defending the rights of cross-border workers bring an action before the European Commission

    March 2017

    Income from household wealth (capital gains on property, real estate income, etc.) received in France is subject to social security deductions. However, the European Court of Justice confirmed in 2015 that people who are affiliated to the social security system of another country should not be taxed to fund the French social security system.

  • Committee of the Regions conference on natural disasters in cross-border areas

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    Committee of the Regions conference on natural disasters in cross-border areas

    February 2017

    Jointly organised by the Committee of the Regions and the MOT, this conference brought together more than 60 participants, on 3 February in Brussels. Its objective was to present best practice in the area of risk prevention and crisis management in cross-border zones: forest fires (ES-PT), flooding in the Nisa Euroregion (DE-CZ-PL), seismic risks in the Alps (FR-IT-CH), risks in mountainous regions (FR-ES) and more generally, civil protection (EGTC Euregio Senza Confini IT-AT).

  • Franco-Swiss cooperation: good news for cross-border workers

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    Franco-Swiss cooperation: good news for cross-border workers

    January 2017

    Michel Charrat, the President of the European Cross-Border Grouping and Treasurer of the MOT, gives us his analysis of the implementation of the vote in February 2014 in Switzerland, which was aimed at restricting the number of foreign workers.

  • A Franco-Swiss "Community of Knowledge"

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    A Franco-Swiss "Community of Knowledge"

    January 2017

    At a meeting in Belfort on 1 December 2016, a framework agreement bringing together seven universities in the Franco-Swiss Jura Arc was signed, putting in place a "Community of Knowledge".

  • Signature of the "Greater Geneva Territorial Project 2016-2030"

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    Signature of the "Greater Geneva Territorial Project 2016-2030"

    December 2016

    Nearly 200 people gathered on 8 December 2016 in Geneva for the signature of the "Greater Geneva Territorial Project 2016-2030", a third generation conurbation project: "We want to move from a financial rationale to a common political vision. We want to make Greater Geneva a collective, shared project that is led by the territory's citizens and stakeholders. We want to work towards the concrete and effective realisation of projects."

  • "Un territoire, une rivière"*, a French-Swiss publication

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    "Un territoire, une rivière"*, a French-Swiss publication

    December 2016

    The Jura Arc Cross-Border Forum commissioned an original piece of work from Thomas Brasey as part of his thematic cycle entitled "Le Doubs Miroir" ("The Doubs Mirror") in order for him to train his photographer's eye on the cross-border territory between Saint-Ursanne in the Swiss Jura and Saint-Hippolyte in Franche-Comté, two municipalities linked by the river Doubs.

  • Editorial from Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (France)

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    Editorial from Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (France)

    November 2016

    After several decades of innovative projects undertaken between neighbouring countries, cross-border territories have become shared living spaces, and places for discovering a “European citizenship” experienced in daily life.

  • The White Paper "Diplomacy and Territories" of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: "A genuine strategy for cross-border cooperation"

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    The White Paper "Diplomacy and Territories" of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: "A genuine strategy for cross-border cooperation"

    November 2016

    The members of the CNCD (National Commission for Decentralized Cooperation) approved on 23 November 2016 a White Paper entitled “Diplomatie et territoires" (Diplomacy and Territories) proposed by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development.

  • Atlas of Greater Geneva: taking stock for sustainable progress

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    Atlas of Greater Geneva: taking stock for sustainable progress

    November 2016

    The work of 174 pages offers an environmental, social and economic inventory of the cross-border territory of Greater Geneva on the French-Swiss border.

  • Seminar: "The Grand Est region and its neighbours"

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    Seminar: "The Grand Est region and its neighbours"

    November 2016

    Close to 300 people gathered in Strasbourg for a major seminar on the cross-border relations of the new “Grand Est” region of France.

  • "Grand Est : L'Europe entre voisins"

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    "Grand Est : L'Europe entre voisins"

    October 2016

    Published by Correspondances Lorraines. Author: Pascale Braun. October 2016. Retail price: €20. Title in English: "The Greater East Region: Europe among Neighbours"

  • Construction of Greater Geneva: Switzerland and France linked by a railway tunnel

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    Construction of Greater Geneva: Switzerland and France linked by a railway tunnel

    October 2016

    On 23 September 2016, the two sides of underground route of the future cross-border rail link between Geneva and Annemasse were joined up by French and Swiss teams.

  • Updating of the MOT's legal resources: a toolkit for players involved in cooperation

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    Updating of the MOT's legal resources: a toolkit for players involved in cooperation

    September 2016

    This summer, the MOT completely updated its online legal resources relating to cross-border cooperation law.

  • Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region "SRDEII"

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    Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region "SRDEII"

    September 2016

    In the context of drawing up its SRDEII,* the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region asked the MOT, of which it is a member, to carry out an assessment of cross-border issues in the Region (which borders on Switzerland and Italy) that could be included in a cross-border component of the regional programme.

  • A platform to facilitate the mobility of territorial civil servants

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    A platform to facilitate the mobility of territorial civil servants

    June 2016

    The Institut National des Études Territoriales (INET) in Strasbourg has put online a platform designed to centralise a large amount of disparate information about French territorial civil servants' possibilities for mobility in Europe and internationally.

  • A cross-border strategy for the French-Swiss Jura Arc

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    A cross-border strategy for the French-Swiss Jura Arc

    May 2016

    On 18 April 2016, the Conférence TransJurassienne (CTJ) presented its new strategy for cross-border cooperation in the territory of the French-Swiss Jura Arc.

  • Survey on Greater Geneva

    TERRITORIES

    Survey on Greater Geneva

    May 2016

    Evaluating quality of life and the desire for "living together" in Greater Geneva is the objective of the study that has just been published by the Geneva HES-SO (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland).

  • Uncertainties about the future of French-Swiss cross-border workers

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    Uncertainties about the future of French-Swiss cross-border workers

    April 2016

    The 31st Congress of the European Cross-Border Grouping (GTE) brought together over 500 cross-border workers and numerous political representatives of the French-Swiss territory on 11 March 2016 in Archamps. According to Michel Charrat, president of the GTE, “2015 will no doubt go down in the history books of the cross-border phenomenon.

  • The 2016 "Science Offensive" has been launched

    TERRITORIES

    The 2016 "Science Offensive" has been launched

    March 2016

    The Upper Rhine Trinational Metropolitan Region is renewing its scheme to finance cross-border projects in the area of research and innovation entitled the "Science Offensive".

  • A university for Europe: Eucor – The European Campus

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    A university for Europe: Eucor – The European Campus

    February 2016

    The first European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) to be set up by an alliance of universities is located in the Upper Rhine area.