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  • Launch of a trans-Pyrenean project to unite emergency services

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    Launch of a trans-Pyrenean project to unite emergency services

    June 2024

    The first pilot committee of the SA-URG (Support Sanitaire opérationnel de réponse à l'Urgence transpyrénéenne) project, financed by the European POCTEFA program, was held on June 13th and 14th, 2024 in Bayonne.

  • On the French-Spanish border, an Institute for Cross-Border Cooperation from the academic world takes shape

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    On the French-Spanish border, an Institute for Cross-Border Cooperation from the academic world takes shape

    January 2024

    On both sides of the Pyrenees, the border territories have a long history of cooperation and are involved in a multitude of cross-border projects in all fields, testifying to the vitality of exchanges across the border.

  • What could water management look like for cross-border watersheds?

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    What could water management look like for cross-border watersheds?

    November 2023

    On October 17th, 2023, the MOT network's "Cross-border ecological transition" working group held its 5th meeting. This was an opportunity to investigate issues linked to cross-border management of water resources in the context of climate change.

  • Towards rethinking cross-border governance?

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    Towards rethinking cross-border governance?

    October 2022

    Find the call of the border elected representatives in Bayonne from the MOT general assembly on October 5th, and the response of Dominique Faure, French Secretary of State to the Minister for Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion, responsible for rurality, who closed the assembly.

  • The Basque Country Community hosts the MOT General Assembly

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    The Basque Country Community hosts the MOT General Assembly

    September 2022

    The MOT's annual event takes place on October 4th and 5th in Bayonne and San Sebastián. Read the editorial by Jean-René Etchegaray, President of the Basque Country Community, published for the occasion.

  • Editorial by Jean-René Etchegaray, President of the Basque Country Community

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    Editorial by Jean-René Etchegaray, President of the Basque Country Community

    September 2022

    The Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière has chosen the Basque Country to host its General Assembly and we are very honoured. With its 150 km of borders and its position at the heart of Western Europe, our territory has a long history of cross-border cooperation, reinforced by the creation of the Basque Country Community in 2017.

  • Two urban planning agencies join the MOT network

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    Two urban planning agencies join the MOT network

    January 2022

    After the AGUR(1), AGAPE(2) and the Saint-Omer AUD(3), the MOT has the pleasure of welcoming two new urban planning agencies into its network: the Besançon Centre Franche-Comté Urban Planning Agency (AUDAB) and the Atlantic-Pyrenees Urban Planning Agency (AUDAP).

  • Cross-border territories at the time of the "Decentralisation, Differentiation and Deconcentration Act"

    October 2020

    To discuss these opportunities for the future of cross-border territories, join us for Round table#7 of the Borders Forum, on 10 November 2020: "Cross-border areas, differentiated areas?"

  • A preliminary assessment of Cross-Border Cooperation Strategies along France's borders

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    A preliminary assessment of Cross-Border Cooperation Strategies along France's borders

    October 2020

    Following the adoption of the first four Cross-Border Cooperation Strategies (Schémas de Coopération Transfrontalière – SCT) by the Nice, Strasbourg and Lille Metropolises, as well as by the Basque Country Conurbation Community, the MOT and its partners embarked on the drafting of a preliminary assessment of these initiatives that has resulted in a publication, co-written with each of these groupings of municipalities.

  • The Basque Country Community has also adopted a strategy based on the Cross-Border Cooperation Strategy

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    The Basque Country Community has also adopted a strategy based on the Cross-Border Cooperation Strategy

    April 2020

    On 15 December 2018, the Basque Country Community approved a “cross-border cooperation” competence. Drawing on the Cross-Border Cooperation Strategy approach, it embarked on a consultative process to draw up its cross-border cooperation strategy up to 2030. The objective was to codesign cross-border public policy and to be aligned with the framework of the forthcoming 2021-2027 European programming period.

  • Workshops in Bayonne and San Sebastian for the Basque Country Cross-Border Cooperation Plan

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    Workshops in Bayonne and San Sebastian for the Basque Country Cross-Border Cooperation Plan

    October 2019

    As part of the process of drawing up its Cross-Border Cooperation Plan, the Basque Country Community (CAPB) ran "cross-border cooperation workshops", in Bayonne on 20 September and in San Sebastian on 25 September, with support from the MOT and the Atlantic and Pyrenees Urban Planning Agency (AUDAP).

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    "Competitiv'Eko" – stimulating innovation

    July 2019

    The results of this project were presented on 16 May 2019 in Biarritz. Launched in 2016, it has built a network of economic players to stimulate businesses’ innovation and competitiveness across three neighbouring territories: Euskadi, Navarra and Aquitaine.

  • Network of Cross-Border Cooperation Strategies

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    Network of Cross-Border Cooperation Strategies

    June 2019

    With the support of the MOT, Lille, Strasbourg and Nice are the three French border region metropolises that have embarked on drawing up a "Schéma de cooperation transfrontalière" (Cross-Border Cooperation Strategie, CCS), introduced by the Maptam Act* in 2014. Through its network, the MOT enables the three metropolises to share experiences and information regarding their methodologies, the obstacles encountered and the local political contexts, as well as to relay their needs to the national and European authorities.

  • "L'Europe par les territoires", a publication by the FNAU – focus on the cross-border dimension

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    "L'Europe par les territoires", a publication by the FNAU – focus on the cross-border dimension

    May 2019

    The latest publication by the French Network of Urban Planning Agencies (FNAU), entitled "L'Europe par les territoires" (“Europe by its territories”) feeds into the debate about Europe and provides different views on the issues relating to cohesion policy and the way in which cities and territories have appropriated the European ideal and the tools of this policy. The MOT contributed to it and several cross-border territories are showcased in it.

  • 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".

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    A cross-border project to predict coastal risks in the Basque Country

    April 2018

    MAREA ("Modélisation et Aide à la décision face aux Risques côtiers en Euskal Atlantique" – Modelling and Assistance with Decision-Making faced with Coastal Risks in Atlantic Euskal) is a cross-border research project aimed at gaining a better understanding of storm episodes on the Basque coast, in order to predict risks of coastal flooding and erosion.

  • The Basque Country Conurbation Community, naturally without a border

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    The Basque Country Conurbation Community, naturally without a border

    April 2018

    Editorial by Jean-René Etchegaray, President of the Basque Country Conurbation Community ; and presentation of the MAREA project: "A cross-border project to predict coastal risks in the Basque Country".

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    Four new Interreg projects in the territory of the Basque Eurocity

    September 2016

    "Connect Innovation Bai!", "MAREA", "H2Ogurea" and "EDERBIDEA" of the names of four of the new projects selected in the first call for projects under POCTEFA 2014-2020.

  • The status of cross-border students examined in Bayonne

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    The status of cross-border students examined in Bayonne

    April 2016

    A symposium on cross-border student status was organised on 31 March in Bayonne by the students of the Master 2 in Cross-border and interregional cooperation at the University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour.

  • Towards new interclustering projects in Aquitaine-Euskadi

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    Towards new interclustering projects in Aquitaine-Euskadi

    December 2014

    The cross-border chamber of commerce for the Basque Country, BIHARTEAN, and the Euskadi Institute of Competitiveness, ORKESTRA, have for more than a year been implementing a cross-border interclustering initiative, recognised as a project of Euroregional interest by the Aquitaine-Euskadi EGTC*.

  • Forum of the Basque Eurocity

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    Forum of the Basque Eurocity

    November 2013

    Organised by the Cross-Border Agency for the Development of the Basque Eurocity and the Donostia-San Sebastián City Hall on 14-15 November 2013 in San Sebastián, this event brought together the political, technical, institutional and socio-economic representatives of the Basque Eurocity.

  • The MOT publishes a "methodological guidebook"

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    The MOT publishes a "methodological guidebook"

    February 2013

    In a dynamic context of reform - redefinition of cross-border policy and decentralisation process in France, preparation of the 2014-2020 programmes at European level - the MOT has produced a methodological guidebook aimed at improving articulation between cohesion policy, governance structures and cross-border territorial approaches.

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