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  • Study on cross-border employment for the Lille European Metropolis

    MOT

    Study on cross-border employment for the Lille European Metropolis

    Septembre 2019

    The MOT has produced a study with the aim of informing the Lille European Metropolis about the socioeconomic features of Belgian Flanders, and the way its economic fabric and employment sector function.

  • Design'In – a project to revitalise city centres along the Franco-Belgian border

    TERRITORIES

    Design'In – a project to revitalise city centres along the Franco-Belgian border

    September 2019

    Within the framework of a project funded by the Interreg V France-Wallonie-Vlaanderen programme, the cities of Tournai, Mons, Courtrai and the Lille European Metropolis have set themselves the challenge of strengthening and stimulating the development of their city centres by making use of design.

  • Franco-Belgian agreement on emergency services

    TERRITORIES

    Franco-Belgian agreement on emergency services

    September 2019

    On 18 July 2019, framework agreement concerning the cross-border intervention of emergency services was signed by the Belgian Minister of the Interior, Pieter De Crem, and his French counterpart, Christophe Castaner.

  • The Commission has circulated orientation papers by border

    EUROPE

    The Commission has circulated orientation papers by border

    July 2019

    In the context of the preparation of its 2021-2027 programmes, DG REGIO has drawn up 38 Border Orientation Papers (BOPs) for all of the EU’s land borders. Six of these BOPs relate to France’s borders.

  • The Ardennes Department – a European and cross-border location
  • Editorial by Boris Ravignon, Mayor of Charleville-Mézières and President of Ardenne Métropole

    TERRITORIES

    Editorial by Boris Ravignon, Mayor of Charleville-Mézières and President of Ardenne Métropole

    July 2019

    "One of the main features of the French department of the Ardennes is without doubt its proximity to Belgium. This proximity is geographical, of course, but also cultural, historical, economic and societal.

  • A cross-border strategy for the Franco-Belgian Ardennes

    TERRITORIES

    A cross-border strategy for the Franco-Belgian Ardennes

    July 2019

    In May 2019, Ardenne Métropole and the Belgian association of municipalities Idelux embarked on the drawing-up of a “Strategic plan for the development of the cross-border territory of the Franco-Belgian Ardennes”.

  • Large increase in cross-border workers working in Switzerland and Luxembourg

    PUBLICATION

    Large increase in cross-border workers working in Switzerland and Luxembourg

    July 2019

    In 2015, more than 360,000 inhabitants of border areas in France worked in a neighbouring country, near to the border. The economic dynamism of neighbouring countries such as Luxembourg, Switzerland and Monaco, together with the salaries offered, have encouraged working-age people living in France’s border areas to go and work there.

  • Network of Cross-Border Cooperation Strategies

    MOT

    Network of Cross-Border Cooperation Strategies

    June 2019

    With the support of the MOT, Lille, Strasbourg and Nice are the three French border region metropolises that have embarked on drawing up a "Schéma de cooperation transfrontalière" (Cross-Border Cooperation Strategie, CCS), introduced by the Maptam Act* in 2014. Through its network, the MOT enables the three metropolises to share experiences and information regarding their methodologies, the obstacles encountered and the local political contexts, as well as to relay their needs to the national and European authorities.

  • Agreement between the Lille European Metropolis and the Brussels Region

    TERRITORIES

    Agreement between the Lille European Metropolis and the Brussels Region

    June 2019

    On 2 May 2019, the Lille European Metropolis and the Brussels-Capital Region signed a cooperation agreement in order to reinforce exchanges between the two metropolises, on topics such as accessibility, spatial planning, attractiveness, tourism and culture.

  • A Territorial Development Plan for the Greater Region

    TERRITORIES

    A Territorial Development Plan for the Greater Region

    May 2019

    Within the framework of the Interreg “Greater Region Territorial Development Plan” project, the Greater Region Executives Summit have laid the political groundwork for the drawing-up of a common cross-border territorial strategy for the Greater Region partners.

  • INSEE Analyses: cross-border employment from the Hauts-de-France Region to Belgium

    PUBLICATION

    INSEE Analyses: cross-border employment from the Hauts-de-France Region to Belgium

    May 2019

    At the end of 2017, 24,200 employees living in the Hauts-de-France Region worked abroad, principally in Belgium. They represent 1.6% of the region’s employees – five times less than in the Grand Est Region. Less favourable employment conditions, particularly with respect to tax, have now made Belgium less attractive than in the past.

  • "L'Europe par les territoires", a publication by the FNAU – focus on the cross-border dimension

    PUBLICATION

    "L'Europe par les territoires", a publication by the FNAU – focus on the cross-border dimension

    May 2019

    The latest publication by the French Network of Urban Planning Agencies (FNAU), entitled "L'Europe par les territoires" (“Europe by its territories”) feeds into the debate about Europe and provides different views on the issues relating to cohesion policy and the way in which cities and territories have appropriated the European ideal and the tools of this policy. The MOT contributed to it and several cross-border territories are showcased in it.

  • Greater Region Summit

    TERRITORIES

    Greater Region Summit

    March 2019

    At the 16th Greater Region Summit on 30 January 2019, the Greater Region Executives argued for "ambitious territorial cooperation and a Europe that listens to its citizens".

  • Crossing the border to find a home: the little luxury of Lille’s middle classes

    PUBLICATION

    Crossing the border to find a home: the little luxury of Lille’s middle classes

    March 2019

    "Belgium is often perceived to be an attractive country for highly-skilled expatriates […]. But the Franco-Belgian border is also an area where migrations by households belonging to the middle classes have become more frequent and more commonplace, as a result of changes in property and labour markets."

  • North Lorraine Border Region Metropolitan Pole set up

    TERRITORIES

    North Lorraine Border Region Metropolitan Pole set up

    February 2019

    Created by the common desire of the presidents of eight Public Entities of Intermunicipal Cooperation, the new “North Lorraine Border Region Metropolitan Pole” was launched on 9 January 2019 in Thionville.

  • A new edition of the MOT's Guides, on the energy transition

    MOT

    A new edition of the MOT's Guides, on the energy transition

    January 2019

    On the occasion of the European Conference on the Energy Transition, which is taking place in Dunkirk on 22-24 January 2019, the MOT is publishing a new edition of its thematic Guides, on the energy transition and cross-border cooperation.

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

    TERRITORIES

    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

    TERRITORIES

    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.

  • France-Benelux: a declaration to step up cooperation

    NATIONAL LEVEL

    France-Benelux: a declaration to step up cooperation

    January 2019

    On 11 December 2018 in Brussels, a declaration of intent regarding the development of closer cooperation between France and the countries of the Benelux Union (Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands) was signed.

  • Annual seminar of Greater Region EURES advisers

    TERRITORIES

    Annual seminar of Greater Region EURES advisers

    January 2019

    On 7 December 2018 in Metz, the EURES Resource and Documentation Centre/Grand Est Cross-Border Workers hosted the annual seminar of EURES advisers in the Greater Region.

  • Seminar on cross-border taxation

    TERRITORIES

    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

    MOT

    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.

  • State Visit between France and Belgium: advances for cross-border matters

    NATIONAL LEVEL

    State Visit between France and Belgium: advances for cross-border matters

    December 2018

    On the occasion of the French president Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Belgium on 18 and 19 November, a declaration of intent on strengthening cooperation in matters of cross-border mobility and transport was signed by the two countries:

  • The citizens of Europe express themselves in Tournai

    EUROPE

    The citizens of Europe express themselves in Tournai

    November 2018

    Citizens turned out for the citizens’ consultation held on 27 October by the Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropolis, the MOT and the Jacques Delors Institute. This was a thoroughly European story.