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  • Editorial by Michel Charrat, President of the European Cross-Border Grouping:  "Greater Geneva at last!"
  • The Léman Express – "a real transport revolution"

    TERRITORIES

    The Léman Express – "a real transport revolution"

    January 2020

    The launch of the Léman Express on 15 December 2019 is “a real transport revolution”, according to Greater Geneva’s elected representatives. Made possible by a new 16km central section of track between Cornavin, Eaux-Vives and Annemasse (CEVA), what is now the largest cross-border regional rail network in Europe links up two Swiss cantons and two French departments. It has taken eight years and €1.8 billion worth of investment to complete.

  • Historical atlas "Aller et venir, transports et mobilité dans le Pays de Genève"

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    Historical atlas "Aller et venir, transports et mobilité dans le Pays de Genève"

    January 2020

    Claude Barbier, Pierre-François Schwarz, published by La Salévienne, 2019. (Translation of the title: "Coming and Going – Transport and Mobility in the Geneva Area")

  • Network day in Lille on cross-border mobility

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    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.

  • Study for the EIB - Identifying cross-border investment projects in Europe

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    Study for the EIB - Identifying cross-border investment projects in Europe

    October 2019

    Between November 2018 and July 2019, the MOT and CESCI (the Central European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives) collaborated on producing a study for the European Investment Bank and its European Investment Advisory Hub.

  • The Ardennes Department – a European and cross-border location
  • Border cities in West Africa

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    Border cities in West Africa

    June 2019

    A report on border cities in West Africa has just been published in the OECD’s series "West Africa Papers" on the Sahel and West Africa. Made up of four papers, the "cities" collection is the fruit of systematic analysis of the role played by border cities in the regional integration process in West Africa.

  • Agreement between the Lille European Metropolis and the Brussels Region

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    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.

  • The "High Valleys - Heart of the Alps" Integrated Territorial Plan

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    The "High Valleys - Heart of the Alps" Integrated Territorial Plan

    May 2019

    The cross-border territory of the “High Valleys” is located in the heart of the Alps, between Savoie, Piedmont and the High Alps. It consists of 13 groups of municipalities, 147 rural mountain districts and 270,753 inhabitants spread over 6,350 km2. A cross-border strategy "The High Valleys – Smart Destination" was drawn up in order to group together the common development priorities for the coming years.

  • 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.

  • Meeting in Brussels on "Missing Railway Links"

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    Meeting in Brussels on "Missing Railway Links"

    May 2019

    Since a study by DG REGIO on the topic in 2018, the importance of “Missing Railway Links” for cohesion policy and the development of border regions disadvantaged by a lack of rail infrastructure has been highlighted. In this context, the PAMINA Eurodistrict EGTC held a conference on 11 April in collaboration with the Committee of the Regions.

  • Mobility Portal in the PAMINA area

    TERRITORIES

    Mobility Portal in the PAMINA area

    April 2019

    The PAMINA Eurodistrict and the Karlsruhe TechnologieRegion have inaugurated a new web portal dedicated to cross-border mobility. With 300,000 consultations a day, it is one of the main online journey planning services.

  • The MOT’s network in Greater Geneva

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    The MOT’s network in Greater Geneva

    April 2019

    The MOT held its general assembly and annual conference on 20-21 March 2019 in Annemasse and Geneva, bringing together 140 participants, at the invitation of Annemasse Agglo, the Metropolitan Pole of the French Genevois, the Greater Geneva LGCC and the Republic and Canton of Geneva. Around the meetings of the MOT’s bodies, a conference on cross-border investment and field visits were organised.

  • Editorial from Christian Dupessey, Mayor of Annemasse, President of Annemasse Agglo, Vice-President of the MOT and Jean Denais, Mayor of Thonon-les-Bains, President of the Metropolitan Pole of the French Genevois
  • Transport: European call for proposals regarding "missing cross-border links"

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    Transport: European call for proposals regarding "missing cross-border links"

    February 2019

    The 2019 Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Transport call for proposals has been launched by the European Commission.

  • The integrated territorial plan ALPIMED

    TERRITORIES

    The integrated territorial plan ALPIMED

    January 2019

    Under the Interreg programme ALCOTRA on the Franco-Italian border, two types of plan can be implemented: integrated territorial plans and integrated thematic plans. Integrated territorial plans are made up of a series of projects organised around several themes for a specific cross-border territory.

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

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    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.

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

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    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:

  • Construction of Greater Geneva: disappointment on the French side

    TERRITORIES

    Construction of Greater Geneva: disappointment on the French side

    October 2018

    On 14 September the Swiss Government introduced its bill concerning the funding of “Third generation conurbation projects”.

  • A study by the European Commission on "missing cross-border rail links"

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    A study by the European Commission on "missing cross-border rail links"

    July 2018

    The European Commission has published a report on the existing rail transport connections and the "missing links" on the EU's internal borders. It provides a comprehensive inventory of the 365 cross-border rail links which are underexploited or not exploited at all. In total, there are 176 missing rail links and, after consultation of the stakeholders and competent authorities, 48 of them – 9 of which are located along France's borders – were assessed as "potentially beneficial projects".

  • The "Transfermuga" project receives the "Le Monde - Smart Cities" award

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    The "Transfermuga" project receives the "Le Monde - Smart Cities" award

    July 2018

    "Reducing inequalities and making urban life easier for everyone while respecting of the environment: these are the aims of the eight projects that have been selected as winners of the European competition "Le Monde - Smart Cities". The "Transfermuga" scheme in the Basque Country is one of these eight projects – well-deserved recognition for this European project that aims to "boost Franco-Spanish cooperation with respect to all modes of transport, thus reducing the dominance of individual car use".

  • Special edition on cross-border issues and the ecological transition

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    Special edition on cross-border issues and the ecological transition

    June 2018

    The General Council on the Environment and Sustainable Development, which is responsible for advising the government in the different fields of competence of the French Ministry for Ecological Transition, has devoted a special edition of its magazine "Pour mémoire" to cross-border issues in the areas of transport, the environment and energy.

  • Signature of an agreement at the French-Spanish border

    TERRITORIES

    Signature of an agreement at the French-Spanish border

    May 2018

    The Pyrenees Haute-Garonne Community of Municipalities and the Aran Conselh Generau held a ceremony on 20 April in Fos to commemorate the 505th anniversary of the signing of the " Lies et Patseries" Treaty.

  • TV programme "Avenue de l'Europe" devoted to cross-border workers

    TERRITORIES

    TV programme "Avenue de l'Europe" devoted to cross-border workers

    May 2018

    "They are French and live in France, but work on the other side of the border, in Italy, Switzerland or Germany. They are known as the 'transfrontaliers' [cross-border workers]… There are 500,000 of them – the highest number in Europe. But is there an entente cordiale between these French people and their neighbours?"

  • Agreements signed between France and Luxembourg

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    Agreements signed between France and Luxembourg

    April 2018

    On 20 March 2018, at a summit meeting, France and Luxembourg signed four bilateral agreements, including one to strengthen cooperation with respect to cross-border transport. These are "a set of agreements that have a concrete impact on the daily lives of our citizens. Our objective is joint and equal financing of a number of transport infrastructures," explained the French Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe.