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  • Cross-border innovation: Strasburg plans to recover the heat produced by the Kehl steelworks

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    Cross-border innovation: Strasburg plans to recover the heat produced by the Kehl steelworks

    June 2019

    The Strasbourg Eurometropolis has launched a project aimed at recovering the heat produced by the Kehl steelworks in order to provide energy for 4,000 households in Strasbourg within two years. This innovative project is a first in Europe at the cross-border level.

  • The European Straits meet in the Pas-de-Calais

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    The European Straits meet in the Pas-de-Calais

    June 2019

    On 14-15 May, at the invitation of the Pas-de-Calais Department, 24 territorial authorities that border on 11 European straits gathered in Boulogne-sur-Mer. The purpose: to take stock of ten years of working together within the European Straits Initiative.

  • A Territorial Development Plan for the Greater Region

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    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.

  • Fessenheim: signature of the territorial project

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    Fessenheim: signature of the territorial project

    February 2019

    Signed on 1 February 2019 by the Minister for the Ecological Transition, François de Rugy, and the French and German regional players, this “territorial project” is designed to accompany the economic redevelopment of the area around the nuclear power station in Fessenheim, whose two reactors are due to be shut down in the summer of 2020.

  • The Energy Transition Conference

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    The Energy Transition Conference

    February 2019

    The 2019 European Conference on the Energy Transition took place on 22-24 January in Dunkirk, bringing together nearly 3,500 participants around the topic “Committed and mutually-supportive territories”. The MOT contributed to the discussions by organising a workshop illustrating three very concrete examples of cross-border cooperation in the area of the energy transition.

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

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    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.

  • Cooperation in the renewable energies field between Andorra and France

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    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.

  • 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.

  • European Conference on the Energy Transition and signature of a cross-border agreement

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    European Conference on the Energy Transition and signature of a cross-border agreement

    March 2018

    The 2018 edition of the European Conference on the Energy Transition took place on 30-31 January and 1 February in the territory of Greater Geneva, a cross-border first for this event that every year brings together more than 3,500 professionals in the areas of energy and sustainable development. The conference also provided the opportunity to sign a cross-border agreement on air quality in Greater Geneva.

  • Launch of the MOT's online forum

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    Launch of the MOT's online forum

    November 2017

    The MOT's Forum is up and running!

  • 2017 project files

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    2017 project files

    September 2017

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

  • Cross-border cooperation to enhance renewable energy

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    Cross-border cooperation to enhance renewable energy

    June 2017

    On 3 June, the MOT took part in the conference entitled "Cross-border cooperation to enhance renewable energy in the EU" organised by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the World Future Council at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels.

  • Franco-German pilot project for cross-border energy networks

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    Franco-German pilot project for cross-border energy networks

    May 2017

    In the context of constructing an "Energy Europe", a Franco-German experiment with a decentralised, local and also cross-border energy network is going to be conducted in order to go beyond the traditional interconnections between countries via high-voltage lines.

  • Cooperation in the field of renewable energy and climate change adaptation

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    Cooperation in the field of renewable energy and climate change adaptation

    February 2017

    In September 2016, with the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the World Future Council, the MOT took part in a study tour from Copenhagen to Brussels, via Germany and the Netherlands.

  • A new project for European straits

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    A new project for European straits

    May 2016

    On 12 May, a conference was held to launch a new European project entitled "PASSAGE"*, initiated by the Pas-de-Calais Department and Kent County Council within the framework of the European Straits Initiative. Funded by the Interreg Europe programme, it involves eleven partners on five maritime borders** and is aimed at encouraging cross-border low-carbon initiatives.

  • Conference in Metz on French-German cross-border cooperation

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    Conference in Metz on French-German cross-border cooperation

    July 2015

    A French-German ministerial conference, attended by French secretary of state for European affairs Harlem Désir and his German counterpart Michael Roth, both general-secretaries for French-German cooperation, took place on 6 and 7 July in Metz.

  • The Espace Mont-Blanc: a cooperation space to be protected and promoted

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    The Espace Mont-Blanc: a cooperation space to be protected and promoted

    May 2015

    For more than twenty years, the Espace Mont Blanc (FR/IT/CH) has been striving to meet the needs for sustainable and balanced development of the Mont Blanc massif and its valleys, in order to protect and promote this emblematic cross-border territory.

  • Energy: Europe in networks

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    Energy: Europe in networks

    April 2015

    Some months ahead of the next COP 21, Michel Derdevet, Secretary General of Électricité Réseau Distribution France (ERDF), has published in Documentation française a report for François Hollande entitled "Energy, Europe in networks: twelve proposals for a common energy infrastructure policy".

  • Inauguration of the first French-Spanish high-voltage line

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    Inauguration of the first French-Spanish high-voltage line

    March 2015

    On 20 February 2015 at Montesquieu-des-Albères in the eastern Pyrenees, French prime minister Manuel Valls and Spanish head of government Mariano Rajoy inaugurated the new high-voltage electricity interconnection line between the two countries.

  • The MOT network’s annual conference

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    The MOT network’s annual conference

    June 2014

    Nearly 130 participants gathered in Paris on 18-19 June for the MOT’s annual general meeting and the conference it organised on this occasion on the topic “Cross-border networks: mutualising public services and experimenting with Europe on each border”.

  • The Picardie Region: a new member of the MOT network

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    The Picardie Region: a new member of the MOT network

    February 2014

    The Picardie Region is located at the heart of North-West Europe. This strategic position, with its shared border with Belgium and its maritime border with the United Kingdom, has for nearly 20 years enabled it to be a major actor in cross-border cooperation.

  • "Renewable Energies" Working Group

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    "Renewable Energies" Working Group

    June 2013

    On 27 June, the Working Group of the MOT network on cross-border cooperation on renewable energy met in Paris (in the premises of the DATAR) in the presence of DG REGIO and the DATAR. The participants were able to review cross-border cooperation issues in the field, discuss their approaches to programming and territorial planning and determine their priorities in this rapidly developing field.

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