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  • Signature in Toulouse of a Franco-German declaration

    NATIONAL LEVEL

    Signature in Toulouse of a Franco-German declaration

    October 2019

    The 21st Franco-German Council of Ministers took place in Toulouse on 16 October 2019, bringing together France’s President, Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, as well as the French and German ministers. On this occasion, and following on from the Aachen Treaty, the “Franco-German Declaration of Toulouse” was signed, which reaffirms the commitments made at the highest level of government with respect to Franco-German cooperation.

  • The MOT network in Besançon

    MOT

    The MOT network in Besançon

    October 2019

    Cross-border metropolitan cooperation initiatives were spotlighted at the MOT network’s day-long meeting, co-organised with the Greater Besançon Metropolis, on 25 September.

  • TEIN4CITIZENS - a project to involve citizens

    EUROPE

    TEIN4CITIZENS - a project to involve citizens

    October 2019

    "How can we encourage citizens in border regions to take part in the discussions about the future of Europe?" This is one of the questions at the heart of the "TEIN4citizens" project being implemented by nine partners from the TEIN network.

  • "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. [...]"

  • Border Studies, a joint study program between four universities of the Greater Region

    TERRITORIES

    Border Studies, a joint study program between four universities of the Greater Region

    April 2018

    The Master in Border Studies is a two-year joint international study program, which addresses the complex economic, political, social and cultural issues of borders and of border regions in Europe and beyond. The Master provides students with the major concepts and analytical tools to understand the various challenges of border regions and cross-border cooperations.

  • 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.

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

    TERRITORIES

    “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!

  • Youth meeting from the Alpenrhein-Bodensee-Hochrhein region

    TERRITORIES

    Youth meeting from the Alpenrhein-Bodensee-Hochrhein region

    September 2018

    Around 50 young workers from the border region between Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein got together in June 2018 for the first transnational symposium of young workers.

  • Cooperation in the renewable energies field between Andorra and France

    TERRITORIES

    Cooperation in the renewable energies field between Andorra and France

    September 2018

    The first day of French-Andorran exchanges on the topic of energy was jointly held in April 2018 by the Pyrénées Orientales and Andorran chambers of commerce and industry, brought together within the PirineusMED Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the context of the Interreg POCTEFA 2014/20 programme and the DERBI competitiveness cluster. High attendance of French and Andorran entrepreneurs contributed to the day’s success.

  • "Frontières" ("Borders")

    PUBLICATION

    "Frontières" ("Borders")

    April 2018

    An academic publication edited by François Moullé, lecturer and agrégé in geography. In the collection "Parcours Universitaires", Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux, 2017.

  • France: Report on the European mobility of apprentices

    PUBLICATION

    France: Report on the European mobility of apprentices

    March 2018

    This report by France's General Inspectorate of Social Affairs sets out around 20 proposals to proactively increase the European mobility of apprentices; they fall within the competence of the Ministries of Labour and National Education, the social partners and the regions, in the context of the ongoing discussions on the reform of apprenticeships.

  • Greater Region: "UniGR", a European centre of skills and resources

    TERRITORIES

    Greater Region: "UniGR", a European centre of skills and resources

    March 2018

    As part of the "UniGR - Centre for Border Studies" project, the six member universities (Kaiserslautern, Liège, Lorraine, Luxembourg, Saarland and Trier) of the University of the Greater Region (UniGR) are going to set up a "European centre of skills and resources in border studies" with international visibility.

  • Meeting of Anne Sander's group on higher education and research

    EUROPE

    Meeting of Anne Sander's group on higher education and research

    March 2018

    The eighth meeting of the European Parliament's working group on cross-border cooperation, chaired by the MEP Anne Sander, Vice-President of the MOT, took place on 28 February and was devoted to the topic of higher education and research.

  • Launch of the MOT's online forum

    MOT

    Launch of the MOT's online forum

    November 2017

    The MOT's Forum is up and running!

  • President Emmanuel Macron's visit to French Guiana

    FRANCE

    President Emmanuel Macron's visit to French Guiana

    November 2017

    During his visit to French Guiana in October, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, stressed the importance of France's outermost regions.

  • Workshop on the Commission's Communication on cross-border obstacles and the AEBR's annual conference

    EUROPE

    Workshop on the Commission's Communication on cross-border obstacles and the AEBR's annual conference

    November 2017

    On 25 October 2017 in Merida (Spain), the MOT took part in a workshop of the European Commission's DG REGIO with the border regions of Spain, Portugal, France and Italy on the topic of obstacles to cross-border cooperation, following the Communication published in September.

  • Call for projects promoting decentralised cooperation

    FRANCE

    Call for projects promoting decentralised cooperation

    November 2017

    The Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs has launched a call for projects promoting decentralised cooperation, within which cross-border cooperation has been identified as a priority area.

  • 2017 project files

    MOT

    2017 project files

    September 2017

    Every year, the MOT publishes a dossier highlighting exemplary cross-border projects along French borders.

  • Encouraging young people's cross-border mobility in the Greater Region

    TERRITORIES

    Encouraging young people's cross-border mobility in the Greater Region

    June 2017

    This is the aim of the project FagA/Centre d’aide à la mobilité transfrontalière (CAMT – Centre for Assistance with Cross-Border Mobility) launched on 1 July 2016 in the SaarMoselle Eurodistrict.

  • University of the Greater Region (UniGR) launches a new study programme

    TERRITORIES

    University of the Greater Region (UniGR) launches a new study programme

    June 2017

    The "Master's in border studies" is an international, interdisciplinary and multilingual study programme aimed at providing students who wish to pursue their careers in intercultural and cross-border settings with the main concepts and necessary analytical tools to understand the issues related to border territories and transnational cooperation.

  • New projects for the Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Euskadi-Navarra Euroregion

    TERRITORIES

    New projects for the Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Euskadi-Navarra Euroregion

    April 2017

    On 6 March 2017, Navarra joined the Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Euskadi Euroregion. A new partnership that reinforces cooperation between the French and Spanish territories.

  • Young European volunteers at the heart of Interreg projects

    EUROPE

    Young European volunteers at the heart of Interreg projects

    April 2017

    The Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) manages on behalf of the European Commission the new initiative known as "Interreg Volunteer Youth" (IVY), which aims to give young Europeans aged 18-30 the opportunity to serve as volunteers in Interreg programmes and projects.

  • Pamina Eurodistrict: an online game to get to know the neighbouring country and the territory's rich heritage

    TERRITORIES

    Pamina Eurodistrict: an online game to get to know the neighbouring country and the territory's rich heritage

    March 2017

    The Pamina Eurodistrict is launching a digital version of a board game called "Le Passe-partout" ("The Master Key") to help schoolchildren learn about the rich cultural heritage of the Franco-German territory and encourage bilingualism.

  • The MOT presents concrete projects to high-school students in Athis-Mons

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    The MOT presents concrete projects to high-school students in Athis-Mons

    March 2017

    On 28 February, the MOT made a presentation at the Ministry of Territorial Development, to students from the European section of the Lycée Marcel Pagnol in Athis-Mons, as part of a day devoted to finding out about Franco-German cooperation organised by the Franco-German Office for Youth.

  • Impact in border territories of the law on public security, in France

    FRANCE

    Impact in border territories of the law on public security, in France

    February 2017

    The vice-president of the MOT; Joël Giraud, member of parliament for Hautes-Alpes, is demanding special arrangements in border areas for authorisations for minors leaving the country.