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  • The goals of the Alzette Belval EGTC until 2027

    TERRITORIES

    The goals of the Alzette Belval EGTC until 2027

    January 2022

    The Alzette Belval EGTC has unveiled its new cross-border strategy for the next six years.

  • The MOT interviewed about the major issues concerning cross-border work

    MOT

    The MOT interviewed about the major issues concerning cross-border work

    January 2022

    As part of its special report on border exchanges, the Journal des Français à l'étranger has been investigating the difficulties faced by cross-border workers on a daily basis.

  • Bringing together cross-border territories in preparation for 2022!

    MOT

    Bringing together cross-border territories in preparation for 2022!

    December 2021

    This autumn, and for the second consecutive year, the MOT organised nine “territorial meetings”, so as to keep in close contact with the members of its network, and involve them in preparing its annual programme. Held successively in Besançon, Strasbourg, Lille, Annemasse, Charleville-Mézières, Nice, Urrugne, Perpignan and Metz, both virtually and in person, the meetings brought together close to 200 participants in total.

  • Franco-Luxembourg ICG: progress notably in the areas of transport and teleworking

    NATIONAL LEVEL

    Franco-Luxembourg ICG: progress notably in the areas of transport and teleworking

    November 2021

    Following the sixth Franco-Luxembourg Intergovernmental Commission (ICG) that took place on 19 October in Belval in the presence of the Minister of State Clément Beaune, agreements between the two countries were reached notably with respect to transport and teleworking.

  • Cross-border monitoring of the 3DS bill (France) by the MOT

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    Cross-border monitoring of the 3DS bill (France) by the MOT

    September 2021

    Following its adoption at its first reading in the Senate on 21 July 2021, the 3DS bill (standing for “differentiation, decentralisation, deconcentration and various measures to simplify local public action”) will be examined under a fast-track procedure in the Assemblée Nationale, in France, from the beginning of December. Taking on a number of the proposals put forward by the MOT, the senators adopted a series of amendments relating to cross-border issues.

  • 4D bill: The MOT's proposals to strengthen the cross-border component

    FRANCE

    4D bill: The MOT's proposals to strengthen the cross-border component

    June 2021

    In anticipation of the reading of the 4D bill in Parliament, the MOT, on behalf of its network, has sent to the co-rapporteurs of the Senate’s Law Commission on this legislation proposed amendments aimed at strengthening its cross-border component.

  • A cross-border component in the ‘4D’ bill

    FRANCE

    A cross-border component in the ‘4D’ bill

    May 2021

    The “4D” bill was presented during the Council of Ministers’ session on 12 May. It will be subject to an accelerated parliamentary procedure, and its reading in the Senate is scheduled for July.

  • "Luxembourg in transition": a model for zero-carbon cross-border territories?

    TERRITORIES

    "Luxembourg in transition": a model for zero-carbon cross-border territories?

    April 2021

    In December 2020, under the German presidency of the EU Council, a pilot action of the Territorial Agenda was approved, entitled “A vision for a zero-carbon cross-border functional region”. Its aim is to promote and transpose in other European regions the project “Luxembourg in transition”.

  • Forum on Mobility in Lorraine: white paper adopted

    TERRITORIES

    Forum on Mobility in Lorraine: white paper adopted

    April 2021

    Led by the Lorraine Corridor Metropolitan Pole and the Grand Est Region, on 16 March 2021 the “Grenelle des Mobilités” (“Forum on Mobility”) published a white paper setting out “nine commitments over the next ten years designed to connect Lorraine to its neighbours”.

  • Greater Region: interactive cross-border map showing air quality

    TERRITORIES

    Greater Region: interactive cross-border map showing air quality

    March 2021

    The Greater Region’s Geographical Information System and ATMO Grand Est have joined forces in order to develop an interactive map that makes it possible to check air quality across the whole of the cross-border territory of the Greater Region.

  • Taking account of border towns in the national programme “Small Towns of Tomorrow”

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    Taking account of border towns in the national programme “Small Towns of Tomorrow”

    March 2021

    In October 2020, the MOT was tasked by the National Agency for Territorial Cohesion and the Banque des Territoires as an “action partner” in the national programme “Small Towns of Tomorrow”.

  • Restrictions at France’s borders: cross-border living areas finally recognised

    COVID-19

    Restrictions at France’s borders: cross-border living areas finally recognised

    February 2021

    Since 31 January 2021, anyone entering France, including from other European countries, must be in possession of a negative Covid test obtained within the previous 72 hours. However, this obligation does not apply to the inhabitants of cross-border living areas (for journeys lasting less than 24 hours) or to cross-border workers.

  • Supporting the development of cross-border projects along the Grand Est Region's borders

    MOT

    Supporting the development of cross-border projects along the Grand Est Region's borders

    January 2021

    On 9 October 2020, the final conference relating to the study “Analysis of the contributions made by the 2014-2020 cross-border cooperation programmes in the Grand Est Region”, led by the Region within the framework of the European programme Europ'Act and coordinated by the MOT and the Euro-Institut, brought together in the form of a webinar around one hundred participants.

  • Greater Region – The future of cooperation in the fields of higher education and research

    TERRITORIES

    Greater Region – The future of cooperation in the fields of higher education and research

    January 2021

    A declaration of intention on the future of institutional cooperation in the fields of higher education and research in the Greater Region was signed on 25 November 2020 in Saarbrücken, at a ministerial conference held under Saarland’s presidency. At the conference, the ministers and representatives from the five partner regions took stock and discussed the consequences of the health crisis for cross-border cooperation between higher education and research institutions.

  • Opinion of the Grand Est Regional Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESER) on cross-border civil society

    TERRITORIES

    Opinion of the Grand Est Regional Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESER) on cross-border civil society

    December 2020

    At its plenary assembly in October, the Grand Est CESER adopted an opinion on cross-border civil society. The MOT had been formally heard as part of the preparation of this publication.

  • Three questions to Vincent Gross, Delegate General of the Lorraine Corridor European Metropolitan Pole
  • End of the uncertainty around homeworking for cross-border workers

    COVID-19

    End of the uncertainty around homeworking for cross-border workers

    September 2020

    In the context of the health crisis, all of the neighbouring countries have sought to encourage homeworking. Good news for cross-border workers: the legal uncertainty regarding the social security system governing cross-border workers has been removed until 31 December 2020.

  • Thematic issue: "Borders and cross-border labor markets : Opportunities and challenges"

    PUBLICATION

    Thematic issue: "Borders and cross-border labor markets : Opportunities and challenges"

    June 2020

    Edited by Isabelle Pigeron-Piroth (University of Luxembourg) and Rachid Belkacem (University of Lorraine), the latest thematic issue published by the UniGR-Center for Border Studies provides an analysis of cross-border employment and related issues. Comprising seven chapters contributed by ten authors, it has a preface by Jean Peyrony, the MOT’s Director-General.

  • A publication by the MOT: The Covid-19 crisis on French borders

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    A publication by the MOT: The Covid-19 crisis on French borders

    June 2020

    The MOT has published an analysis of the consequences for cross-border territories of the health crisis – the result of a call for experiences issued to all of its members. Organised in three main parts, it aims to set out the impacts, difficulties and initiatives linked to the management of the Covid-19 health crisis in cross-border territories.

  • The MOT's maps showing the easing of lockdown measures along France's borders

    COVID-19

    The MOT's maps showing the easing of lockdown measures along France's borders

    May 2020

    The MOT has published on its website and on social media a series of maps showing the situation with respect to the easing of lockdown measures along France’s borders.

  • The cross-border dependence of the Luxembourg health system on coronavirus tested

    COVID-19

    The cross-border dependence of the Luxembourg health system on coronavirus tested

    March 2020

    While the coronavirus crisis is challenging and will challenge all European health systems, the equation should be even more complex to solve on the Franco-Luxembourg border.

  • Revitalisation of inner cities in the Greater Region

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    Revitalisation of inner cities in the Greater Region

    January 2020

    On 21 November 2019 the UniGR – Center for Border Studies held in Esch-sur-Alzette, in Luxembourg, its fourth Greater Region Forum, on the topic "Revitalisation of inner cities in the Greater Region". In the light of the pressure on the retail sector in the Greater Region, as well as in other cross-border regions, the discussions focused on the organisation of retailers in the face of this competition, on consumer behaviour and on possible avenues for co-development.

  • Network day in Lille on cross-border mobility

    MOT

    Network day in Lille on cross-border mobility

    November 2019

    At the invitation of the MOT, the CNFPT (National Centre for Territorial Public Administration) and the Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropolis, 40 people gathered on 13 November in Lille to talk about cross-border transportation. The three sessions focused on: the need for the observation of flows and the reasons for travelling (work, shopping, leisure, healthcare); the challenges encountered in drawing up cross-border mobility strategies; and the breaking-down of the strategies into territorial projects.

  • A Council of Europe resolution on the distribution of taxes in cross-border areas

    EUROPE

    A Council of Europe resolution on the distribution of taxes in cross-border areas

    November 2019

    On 29 October, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution entitled “Fair distribution of taxes in transfrontier areas”. In the report presented by Karl-Heinz Lambertz, the Congress calls for greater cooperation between the countries concerned on this issue.

  • "The cross-border dimension – a new impetus for the territory"

    TERRITORIES

    "The cross-border dimension – a new impetus for the territory"

    September 2019

    Editorial by Tristan Atmania, Deputy Director of the Territorial Attractiveness and Competitiveness Department – Saint-Avold Conurbation: "In this crucial year for Europe, our territory of the Moselle, at the crossroads of the founding countries of the European Union, and also of the Saar-Lor-Lux Greater Region, is at a turning point in its history. In this respect, the cross-border cooperation that is already being forged in all areas of daily life represents a major asset to be developed in the context of the competition that we face with the other regions of the world. [...]"