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  • Health crisis: a tool to facilitate cross-border movements between France, Germany and Switzerland

    COVID-19

    Health crisis: a tool to facilitate cross-border movements between France, Germany and Switzerland

    November 2021

    At a time when the pandemic is on the rise again in Europe and health measures are being strengthened on both sides of the Rhine, the European Territorial Authority of Alsace and the Grand Est Region, in cooperation with the Centre Européen de la Consommation (European Centre for Consumer Protection) and the INFOBEST network, have made available a digital tool to aid with crossing borders.

  • Franco-Luxembourg ICG: progress notably in the areas of transport and teleworking

    NATIONAL LEVEL

    Franco-Luxembourg ICG: progress notably in the areas of transport and teleworking

    November 2021

    Following the sixth Franco-Luxembourg Intergovernmental Commission (ICG) that took place on 19 October in Belval in the presence of the Minister of State Clément Beaune, agreements between the two countries were reached notably with respect to transport and teleworking.

  • Publication of a Franco-German manifesto

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    Publication of a Franco-German manifesto

    October 2021

    At the research seminar "The model of the Franco-German border – Reconciliation, cooperation, integration", organised by the Jean Monnet FRONTEM network, a "Manifesto on the future of cross-border cooperation in Europe", addressed to France’s presidency of the EU, and to the Conference on the Future of Europe, was published.

  • MOT partner in a global network for border studies

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    MOT partner in a global network for border studies

    September 2021

    Following on from the “Borders in Globalization” (BIG) project, this new network, “21st Century Borders: Emergent Challenges Among and Within States”, brings together nine intergovernmental and transnational organisations including the MOT, as well as leading universities (from 15 countries*). Led by researchers at the University of Victoria (Canada), it has just received funding of over $9 million.

  • ESPON survey: How digital are French cities and towns?

    EUROPE

    ESPON survey: How digital are French cities and towns?

    June 2021

    As part of the ESPON DIGISER project (Digital Innovation in Governance and Public Service Provision), the EPSON program is currently collecting data on the practices and the current state of digital innovation in European cities and regions. The program also wishes to obtain information on French towns and cities. The questionnaire is available until July 9, 2021.

  • "Metropolitan Cooperation" Working Group: Strengthening cross-border cooperation between universities

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    "Metropolitan Cooperation" Working Group: Strengthening cross-border cooperation between universities

    May 2021

    Feedback on the MOT Network’s Working Groups: since 2020, the working groups of the MOT network have been bringing together MOT members at regular intervals to share the experiences of border areas and encourage the emergence of propositions for action. Here we present the findings of the first three groups established.

  • Craftsmanship of mechanical watchmaking and art mechanics in the Jura Arc listed by UNESCO

    TERRITORIES

    Craftsmanship of mechanical watchmaking and art mechanics in the Jura Arc listed by UNESCO

    January 2021

    On 16 December 2020, UNESCO added craftsmanship of mechanical watchmaking and art mechanics to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This listing gives recognition to an emblematic living tradition in the Franco-Swiss Jura Arc. The candidacy was regarded as exemplary by UNESCO in that it raises awareness of the importance of intangible cultural heritage in a cross-border space

  • Greater Region – The future of cooperation in the fields of higher education and research

    TERRITORIES

    Greater Region – The future of cooperation in the fields of higher education and research

    January 2021

    A declaration of intention on the future of institutional cooperation in the fields of higher education and research in the Greater Region was signed on 25 November 2020 in Saarbrücken, at a ministerial conference held under Saarland’s presidency. At the conference, the ministers and representatives from the five partner regions took stock and discussed the consequences of the health crisis for cross-border cooperation between higher education and research institutions.

  • Proceedings of the Besançon day event on Cross-Border Metropolitan Cooperation
  • The European Commission has launched Public consultation on the future of transport

    EUROPE

    The European Commission has launched Public consultation on the future of transport

    August 2020

    DG MOVE is working on a comprehensive Strategy for a Sustainable and Smart Mobility with a view promoting better and greener cross-border mobility. A public consultation shall allow both stakeholders and citizens to comment and identify their priorities.

  • "Competitiv'Eko" – stimulating innovation

    TERRITORIES

    "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.

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

    TERRITORIES

    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.

  • 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.

  • French-Swiss innovation fair in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

    TERRITORIES

    French-Swiss innovation fair in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

    February 2018

    The "Rencontres franco-suisses de l’économie et de l’innovation en Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes", an ‘economy and innovation fair’, was held for the first time in Lyon on 15 January 2018.

  • 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!

  • "Alzette Belval, towards a cross-border smartcity?"
  • Adoption of the Communication “Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions”

    EUROPE

    Adoption of the Communication “Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions”

    September 2017

    On 20 and 21 September 2017 in Brussels, a conference was held to mark the adoption of the Communication entitled “Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions”.

  • 2017 project files

    MOT

    2017 project files

    September 2017

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

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

    TERRITORIES

    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.

  • Event to launch the Mobipro.GR project

    TERRITORIES

    Event to launch the Mobipro.GR project

    May 2017

    On 25 April 2017 in Forbach, an event to launch the European project “Mobipro.GR“ took place.

  • Editorial by Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice, President of the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis

    TERRITORIES

    Editorial by Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice, President of the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis

    May 2017

    Innovation does not stop at France's borders The Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis, which now features among the 10 leading smart cities in the world, has been built up around a very dense international ecosystem. This has been in its DNA for a very long time…

  • The cross-border dimension as a mission

    TERRITORIES

    The cross-border dimension as a mission

    May 2017

    The Nice Côte D'Azur Metropolis has at least three particularities that have contributed to its growth.

  • Geodata dedicated to innovative projects in Greater Geneva

    TERRITORIES

    Geodata dedicated to innovative projects in Greater Geneva

    April 2017

    Helping entrepreneurs located on either side of the border to create new digital services thanks to geodata on Greater Geneva – this is the aim of the Interreg project "Geofab Greater Geneva" launched on 4 April 2017.*

  • France and Germany will test autonomous vehicles in a cross-border area

    TERRITORIES

    France and Germany will test autonomous vehicles in a cross-border area

    February 2017

    France and Germany have announced for the end of March the setting up of a test zone between the two countries for experimenting on the road with connected and autonomous vehicles.

  • The Working Community of the Pyrenees, at the heart of the development strategy for the Pyrenean massif

    TERRITORIES

    The Working Community of the Pyrenees, at the heart of the development strategy for the Pyrenean massif

    November 2016

    The Working Community of the Pyrenees (CTP) brings together the French and Spanish border regions, and Andorra. Its main objective is to contribute to harmonious and coordinated development of the Pyrenean massif.