News

  • "Fair distribution of taxes in trans-frontier areas"

    EUROPE

    "Fair distribution of taxes in trans-frontier areas"

    July 2019

    On 13 June 2019, Karl-Heinz Lambertz, Vice-President of the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, presented a report entitled "Fair distribution of taxes in trans-frontier areas". It will be submitted for adoption at the 37th Congress session in October.

  • The Commission has circulated orientation papers by border

    EUROPE

    The Commission has circulated orientation papers by border

    July 2019

    In the context of the preparation of its 2021-2027 programmes, DG REGIO has drawn up 38 Border Orientation Papers (BOPs) for all of the EU’s land borders. Six of these BOPs relate to France’s borders.

  • Let’s support the setting-up of an intergroup on cross-border issues at the European Parliament

    EUROPEAN ELECTIONS

    Let’s support the setting-up of an intergroup on cross-border issues at the European Parliament

    June 2019

    Editorial by Anne Sander, MEP, Vice-President of the MOT.

  • European Territorial Authority of Alsace – towards a principle of differentiation

    FRANCE

    European Territorial Authority of Alsace – towards a principle of differentiation

    March 2019

    The French decree establishing the European Territorial Authority of Alsace through the merger of the Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin Departments was published on 28 February. The new authority will come into being on 1 February 2021.

  • The IMeG’s position on the ECBM

    GERMANY

    The IMeG’s position on the ECBM

    March 2019

    The "Cross-Border Metropolitan Regions" Initiative, which works on developing cross-border cooperation along Germany’s borders, has just published a position paper on the European Commission’s proposal to create a "mechanism to resolve legal and administrative obstacles in a cross-border context".

  • Second call for "b-solutions" projects

    EUROPE

    Second call for "b-solutions" projects

    February 2019

    The "b-solutions” initiative is one of the actions supported by DG REGIO within the framework of the Communication “Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions” of September 2017. Its aim is to identify and promote sustainable methods for overcoming legal and/or administrative obstacles encountered along the internal land borders of the European Union.

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

    MOT

    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.

  • Opinion of the Parliament and the CoR on the proposal for a regulation on the ECBM

    EUROPE

    Opinion of the Parliament and the CoR on the proposal for a regulation on the ECBM

    January 2019

    In adopting its opinion on the proposal for a regulation on the ECBM on 22 November 2018, the European Parliament’s Regional Development Commission (REGI) embarked on the process of inter-institutional negotiations on the proposed tool.

  • Ninth meeting of the working group on innovative solutions to cross-border obstacles

    EUROPE

    Ninth meeting of the working group on innovative solutions to cross-border obstacles

    January 2019

    On 18 December 2018 the ninth meeting of the working group on innovative solutions to cross-border obstacles was held in Brussels at the European Committee of the Regions.

  • Seminar on cross-border taxation

    TERRITORIES

    Seminar on cross-border taxation

    January 2019

    A seminar on the fair distribution of taxes and social security contributions in cross-border areas was held on 25 October in Geneva by the FEDRE Foundation and the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities.

  • 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:

  • 8th Meeting of the Working Group on innovative solutions to cross-border obstacles

    EUROPE

    8th Meeting of the Working Group on innovative solutions to cross-border obstacles

    September 2018

    The 8th meeting of the Working Group on innovative solutions to cross-border obstacles was held on 28 June 2018 at the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels.

  • "B-solutions": ten projects selected

    EUROPE

    "B-solutions": ten projects selected

    July 2018

    Ten projects have been selected within the framework of the "b-solutions" call for projects launched by DG REGIO on the theme of overcoming cross-border obstacles.

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

    EUROPE

    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".

  • Draft regulations for cohesion policy in 2021-2027

    EUROPE

    Draft regulations for cohesion policy in 2021-2027

    June 2018

    On 29 May, the European Commission published its draft regulations for cohesion policy in the 2021-2027 period.

  • The European cross-border mechanism – a victory for the MOT and its partners

    EUROPE

    The European cross-border mechanism – a victory for the MOT and its partners

    June 2018

    Among the European Commission's draft regulations is a new regulation on "a mechanism to resolve legal and administrative obstacles in a cross-border context". The regulation is based on the work over the past three years carried out by Luxembourg and France, with support from the MOT.

  • Franco-German cross-border cooperation: "Six proposals to innovate in the heart of Europe" - A parliamentary working group set up

    NATIONAL LEVEL

    Franco-German cross-border cooperation: "Six proposals to innovate in the heart of Europe" - A parliamentary working group set up

    June 2018

    The report by the MP of the Bas-Rhin Department, Sylvain Waserman, was officially submitted to the French Prime Minister on 18 May. It sets out six proposals aimed at promoting a "renewal" of Franco-German cross-border cooperation, in the perspective of the forthcoming new Elysée Treaty.

  • Exploring cross-border integration in Europe: How do populations cross borders and perceive their neighbours?"

    PUBLICATION

    Exploring cross-border integration in Europe: How do populations cross borders and perceive their neighbours?"

    May 2018

    "Since its creation, the European Union seems to be guided by the idea that an increase in cross-border flows contributes to more European unity. […] In a context characterized by the rise of Euroscepticism, it seems crucial to take a more critical look at actual cross-border integration and to unravel its concrete consequences for the people who live in border regions."

  • "Reinventing Franco-Walloon cross-border public action"

    PUBLICATION

    "Reinventing Franco-Walloon cross-border public action"

    May 2018

    The MOT contributed to this publication* produced by the Institut Destrée et Acadie, following a series of Franco-Walloon cross-border seminars entitled "Territoires en trans– : mythologies, réalités et dispositifs" ("Trans- territories: mythologies, realities and mechanisms"). This document (available in French only) provides an in-depth analysis of cooperation between France and Wallonia.

  • France: a mission on Franco-German cooperation

    FRANCE

    France: a mission on Franco-German cooperation

    April 2018

    A mission on deepening Franco-German cross-border cooperation, under the aegis of the Minister in charge of European Affairs, Nathalie Loiseau, has just been entrusted to the MP for the Bas-Rhin Department, Sylvain Waserman. The aim is to think about how renewing the Elysée Treaty would help to further develop Franco-German cross-border cooperation. A questionnaire for citizens is open until 30 April.

  • Towards a new European legal tool: the ECBC

    MOT

    Towards a new European legal tool: the ECBC

    March 2018

    The intergovernmental working group on innovative solutions to cross-border obstacles met for the sixth time on 6 February 2018. It is working on the proposal for a new European tool dedicated to cross-border cooperation: the European Cross-Border Convention (ECBC).

  • DG REGIO: Call for proposals on cross-border obstacles

    EUROPE

    DG REGIO: Call for proposals on cross-border obstacles

    February 2018

    "b-solutions" is an initiative to tackle legal and administrative border obstacles/difficulties along EU internal borders promoted by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO), as one of the actions proposed in the referred Communication "Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions", adopted by the Commission on 20 September 2017.

  • Launch of the "Boosting EU Border Regions" platform

    EUROPE

    Launch of the "Boosting EU Border Regions" platform

    February 2018

    The European Commission has launched its new online platform "Boosting EU border regions" dedicated to cross-border stakeholders. This new tool is part of the 10 measures proposed in the Commission Communication "Boosting Growth and Cohesion in EU Border Regions".

  • Grand Est region: study on cross-border obstacles

    TERRITORIES

    Grand Est region: study on cross-border obstacles

    February 2018

    The Regional Economic, Social and Environmental Council (Ceser) of the Grand Est region has published a study looking at the reduction of cross-border obstacles in the Grand Est region.

  • 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!