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  • The Collectivity of Saint Martin: a Cross-border Catalyst

    TERRITORIES

    The Collectivity of Saint Martin: a Cross-border Catalyst

    December 2018

    At once a Caribbean island, an overseas collectivity of the French Republic and an Outermost Region (OR) of the European Union, the Collectivity of Saint Martin has resolutely placed regional integration at the heart of its development strategy.

  • Editorial of Daniel Gibbs, President of the Saint-Martin Territorial Council

    TERRITORIES

    Editorial of Daniel Gibbs, President of the Saint-Martin Territorial Council

    December 2018

    The characteristics, both geographic and political, of our territory justify the necessity for strengthened cooperation. The Collectivity of Saint Martin’s ambition is that, through strengthened regional cooperation, our territories become examples in the sectors where they possess “added value”, in developing, for example, infrastructure, Research and Development (R&D) notably in terms of the circular economy, the blue economy, sustainable agriculture, renewable energies, digital technologies, and earthquake-resistant and hurricane-resistant materials...

  • European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award

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    European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award

    December 2018

    The European Entrepreneurial Region Award rewards EU regions showing excellence and innovation in strategy on entrepreneurial policy. It is open “to all EU territories of Member States, including communities and city's as well as cross-border territories with legal personality such as EGTCs and Euroregions”.

  • Publication of the study: “Border Region Data Collection”

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    Publication of the study: “Border Region Data Collection”

    December 2018

    Following the Communication “Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions”, DG REGIO launched a pilot project focusing on the collection and availability of data necessary for studying cross-border territories. The study, carried out by eight national statistical institutes, including the French INSEE, has just been published. It focuses on indicators for analysis of the labour market. The results are promising and invite further research.

  • A Pyrenean climate strategy

    TERRITORIES

    A Pyrenean climate strategy

    December 2018

    The members of the Working Community of the Pyrenees have formalised an innovative new instrument for cross-border cooperation and development, named “Pyrenean Strategy”. Its priorities include the preservation of the Pyrenees’ biodiversity, the adaptation of territories to global warming, combating desertification, and access to mobility.

  • 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.

  • The French departments’ Cooperation Atlas

    TERRITORIES

    The French departments’ Cooperation Atlas

    December 2018

    The Assembly of French Departments (ADF) has published an atlas of departments’ European and international cooperation actions. It notably details the collaborations pertaining to cross-border cooperation. The publication was realised in partnership with the Delegation for External Action of Territorial Authorities of the French Ministry for Europe and International Affairs, and the Banque des Territoires.

  • National Seminar on European Territorial Cooperation in Besançon

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    National Seminar on European Territorial Cooperation in Besançon

    December 2018

    The CGET and the “Régions de France” association held, with the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Regional Council, a national seminar on European Territorial Cooperation (ETC), on 4 December in Besançon. It brought together around a hundred participants and enabled clarification of the stakes of the negotiation, while reaffirming a strong French ambition, shared by both the French State and the Regions.

  • MOT Network Day

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    MOT Network Day

    December 2018

    On 21 November 2018, the MOT network gathered for a day of discussions in Paris on the premises of the CGET. The steering committee and the board were presided over by the new president of the MOT, Robert Herrmann, president of the Strasbourg Eurométropole.

  • 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 Return of Frontiers", a documentary broadcast on Arte

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    "The Return of Frontiers", a documentary broadcast on Arte

    December 2018

    Documentary by Simon Brunel and Nicolas Pannetier, 53 min, broadcast on Arte on 16 November 2018 at 10:20am.

  • The Minister Jacqueline Gourault sets out her vision for "the territories"

    FRANCE

    The Minister Jacqueline Gourault sets out her vision for "the territories"

    November 2018

    At the Council of Ministers on 7 November 2018, the Minister for Territorial Cohesion presented a communication on France’s territories that sets out the Government’s objectives with respect to them. This document points out that in order to “identify each territory’s potential” it will be necessary to “build a ‘bespoke’ relationship with the players in that territory”.

  • Europe supports universities without borders

    EUROPE

    Europe supports universities without borders

    November 2018

    In a new call for proposals, the European Commission is allocating €30 million to the European universities project: a major step towards higher education without borders.

  • On the way to Alsace as a European territorial authority

    FRANCE

    On the way to Alsace as a European territorial authority

    November 2018

    The French government has announced its support for the creation of a European territorial authority of Alsace, formed by the merger of the Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin Departments. It will be set up as of 1 January 2021. “We will support the elected representatives in their desire for Alsace. This will all be within the Grand Est Region – not a special status, but an authority with particular competences that derive notably from the cross-border setting and Alsace’s Rhineland identity,” stated the Minister for Territorial Cohesion, Jacqueline Gourault.

  • A new guide for France-Luxembourg cross-border workers

    TERRITORIES

    A new guide for France-Luxembourg cross-border workers

    November 2018

    This eighth edition, which runs to 160 pages, is aimed at French cross-border workers who work in Luxembourg. It gives an overview of the legislation in force, setting out the principal rules to which these workers are subject in the areas of labour law, social security and tax law.

  • 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.

  • The Eurometropolis launches its project platform

    TERRITORIES

    The Eurometropolis launches its project platform

    November 2018

    This new platform of the Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropolis is aimed at developers of cross-border projects who wish to raise their profile, to find partners on the other side of the border, or who require assistance in implementing their project.

  • Cross-border citizens’ consultation in Haguenau

    EUROPE

    Cross-border citizens’ consultation in Haguenau

    November 2018

    What European tools should be used to step up the energy transition? And what policies should be adopted to foster mobility among young people and learning the language of the neighbouring country’s? In Haguenau on 25 October, the citizens’ consultation organised with the MOT and the Jacques Delors Institute in the PAMINA Eurodistrict, with the support of Vincent Thiébaut, MP for the Bas-Rhin Department, brought together a hundred or so citizens to discuss the actions they would like Europe to implement in the cross-border setting.

  • Good practices of EGTCs

    PUBLICATION

    Good practices of EGTCs

    November 2018

    A brochure published by the European Committee of the Regions presents examples of good practices by EGTCs across Europe.

  • Proceedings of the seminar on observation on 17 September

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    Proceedings of the seminar on observation on 17 September

    November 2018

    The proceedings of the seminar on "Territorial observation and assistance with decision-making in cross-border regions" hosted by the MOT and UMS RIATE (Interdisciplinary network for territorial development and cohesion in Europe and neighbouring countries) on 17 September in Paris are online, together with all of the presentations made at the seminar.

  • Study trip by a delegation from Haïti and the Dominican Republic

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    Study trip by a delegation from Haïti and the Dominican Republic

    November 2018

    On 22-26 October, the MOT coordinated and accompanied the study visit of a delegation made up of representatives of ministries and local authorities from Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

  • European prizes for the Nouvelle Aquitaine-Euskadi-Navarra Euroregion

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    European prizes for the Nouvelle Aquitaine-Euskadi-Navarra Euroregion

    November 2018

    The Nouvelle Aquitaine-Euskadi-Navarra Euroregion has received two European prizes: the EGTC prize, awarded by the Committee of the Regions at the EGTC Platform on 8 October, and the "Sail of Papenburg" prize awarded by the AEBR.

  • An agreement between Wallonia and the Hauts-de-France Region

    TERRITORIES

    An agreement between Wallonia and the Hauts-de-France Region

    November 2018

    An enhanced cooperation agreement between Wallonia and the Hauts-de-France Region was signed on 15 September. It covers territorial development, mobility and jobs and reaffirms the desire to complete the planned linking up of the Seine-Escaut Canal on the Belgian side and the Seine-Nord Europe Canal on the French side.

  • Relaunch of the Cross-Border Strategic Committee on observation

    NATIONAL LEVEL

    Relaunch of the Cross-Border Strategic Committee on observation

    October 2018

    On 18 September 2018 the sixth work meeting of the Cross-Border Strategic Committee (CSC) took place, which had not met since April 2015. Set up in 2013, the CSC brings together representatives of the ministries in charge of territorial development in France and its neighbours: Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium and Andorra, as well as their statistical institutes.

  • MOT-UMS RIATE seminar on cross-border observation: towards better decision-making in Europe

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    MOT-UMS RIATE seminar on cross-border observation: towards better decision-making in Europe

    October 2018

    The MOT and UMS Riate* hosted a seminar entitled “Territorial observation and assistance with decision-making in cross-border regions” on 17 September in Paris. It brought together 60 people in order to discuss this crucial subject.