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  • The MOT presents concrete projects to high-school students in Athis-Mons

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    The MOT presents concrete projects to high-school students in Athis-Mons

    March 2017

    On 28 February, the MOT made a presentation at the Ministry of Territorial Development, to students from the European section of the Lycée Marcel Pagnol in Athis-Mons, as part of a day devoted to finding out about Franco-German cooperation organised by the Franco-German Office for Youth.

  • Impact in border territories of the law on public security, in France

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    Impact in border territories of the law on public security, in France

    February 2017

    The vice-president of the MOT; Joël Giraud, member of parliament for Hautes-Alpes, is demanding special arrangements in border areas for authorisations for minors leaving the country.

  • 5th Master-Class in Marseille

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    5th Master-Class in Marseille

    February 2017

    The 5th “Trans/frontières et dialogue des disciplines” [Cross/borders and dialogue between disciplines] Master-class was held in Marseille from 18 to 20 January 2017, on the topic “Young professionals and neighbourhood/proximity relations within the European Union? Between Conflict and Cooperation”.

  • A Franco-Swiss "Community of Knowledge"

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    A Franco-Swiss "Community of Knowledge"

    January 2017

    At a meeting in Belfort on 1 December 2016, a framework agreement bringing together seven universities in the Franco-Swiss Jura Arc was signed, putting in place a "Community of Knowledge".

  • 5th Franco-Luxembourg intergovernmental commission (IGC)

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    5th Franco-Luxembourg intergovernmental commission (IGC)

    December 2016

    The 5th Franco-Luxembourg intergovernmental commission (IGC) for the strengthening of cross-border cooperation was held on 21 November 2016 in Luxembourg, in the presence of Harlem Désir, Secretary of State for European Affairs (FR), and Corinne Cahen, Minister for the Greater Region (LU).

  • A platform to facilitate the mobility of territorial civil servants

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    A platform to facilitate the mobility of territorial civil servants

    June 2016

    The Institut National des Études Territoriales (INET) in Strasbourg has put online a platform designed to centralise a large amount of disparate information about French territorial civil servants' possibilities for mobility in Europe and internationally.

  • Parental authorisation needed for minors to leave the country?

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    Parental authorisation needed for minors to leave the country?

    June 2016

    The legislation to strengthen the fight against organised crime, terrorism and the financing adopted on 26 May 2016 provides for the reintroduction in France of required authorisations for any minor leaving the country.

  • "The cross-border director-general" training course

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    "The cross-border director-general" training course

    May 2016

    A training course entitled "The cross-border director-general" was held on 26-27 April in Strasbourg by the MOT and the Centre National de la Fonction Publique Territoriale (CNFPT).

  • Cross-border nursing education in the SaarMoselle territory

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    Cross-border nursing education in the SaarMoselle territory

    April 2016

    Since 2008, the IFSI (Nursing training institute) of the Centre Hospitalier de Sarreguemines in France and Völklingen Hospital in Germany have built a partnership in the field of nursing education, consisting of the development of interculturality and promotion of bilingualism in initial and ongoing training.

  • 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.

  • Cross-border issues on the agenda for the Franco-German Council

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    Cross-border issues on the agenda for the Franco-German Council

    April 2016

    Cross-border cooperation was on the agenda for the 18th Franco-German Council of Ministers presided by François Hollande and Angela Merkel on 7 April 2016 in Metz.

  • New measures to promote the learning of German in East Moselle

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    New measures to promote the learning of German in East Moselle

    February 2016

    As set out on 22 January 2016 by Patrick Weiten, president of the Moselle Conseil Départemental and first vice-president of the Alsace Champagne-Ardenne Lorraine Region responsible for territorial and cross-border cooperation, the Trilingua scheme aimed at promoting the learning of German in Moselle is being replaced by two new experiments in this regard.

  • A university for Europe: Eucor – The European Campus

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    A university for Europe: Eucor – The European Campus

    February 2016

    The first European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) to be set up by an alliance of universities is located in the Upper Rhine area.

  • Cross-border masterclass

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    Cross-border masterclass

    February 2016

    From 26 to 28 January 2016 in Marseilles, the Institut Catholique de la Méditerranée, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region and the Villa Méditerranée jointly organised, together with lecturers and students from different universities, the fourth edition of the " Trans/frontières et dialogue des disciplines" ("Cross/boundaries and dialogue between disciplines") on the topic "The age of transitions to another generation of players?".

  • Greater Geneva in lycées' school programme

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    Greater Geneva in lycées' school programme

    December 2015

    The local development council of the French Geneva area has presented a new edition of the educational material on Greater Geneva, which is entitled "Greater Geneva, our daily territory" and aimed at students in the penultimate year of lycée as part of the geography syllabus.

  • On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Schengen…

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    On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Schengen…

    November 2015

    The DG for Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission has produced seven two-minute films on the benefits of the free movement of people and goods, in English, French and German. These films touch on tangible cross-border topics such as employment, education, health, commerce, border controls, etc.

  • The first European cross-border inter-university seminar

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    The first European cross-border inter-university seminar

    October 2015

    On 24-25 September 2015, the University of Pau and the Pays de l’Adour (UPPA) welcomed twelve cross-border groupings of European universities at a seminar organised within the framework of the EBRoS 2020 project (a French-Spanish inter-university project funded by the Interreg programme POCTEFA).

  • 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.

  • Strasbourg, a resolutely cross-border metropolis

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    Strasbourg, a resolutely cross-border metropolis

    May 2015

    Bridging the gap between France and Germany, Strasbourg is at the heart of the Upper Rhine and has formed diverse partnerships at various levels of cross-border cooperation consistent with its metropolitan policies.

  • Shared concerns about the dropping of bilingual classes

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    Shared concerns about the dropping of bilingual classes

    May 2015

    59 MPs, members of the French parliament’s French-German friendship group, have reacted to the planned dropping of bilingual classes announced by the Ministry of Education as part of the middle school reform.

  • A unifying and citizen-based project for the Doubs Urban Conurbation

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    A unifying and citizen-based project for the Doubs Urban Conurbation

    April 2015

    On the territory of the French-Swiss Jura Arc, the Doubs Urban Conurbation (Agglomération Urbaine du Doubs – AUD) has launched a cross-border intercultural and intergenerational project aimed at involving the populations and civil society of the French and Swiss municipalities that make it up: Morteau (F), Villers-le-Lac (F), Les Fins (F), La Chaux-de-Fonds (CH), Le Locle (CH) and Les Brenets (CH).

  • Call for projects from the Aquitaine-Euskadi Euroregion

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    Call for projects from the Aquitaine-Euskadi Euroregion

    Avril 2015

    The Aquitaine-Euskadi Euroregion has launched a thematic call for projects in the areas of "Culture, Education, Multilingualism, Sport and Youth".

  • A Moselle strategy in response to Saarland

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    A Moselle strategy in response to Saarland

    March 2015

    In response to the “France Strategy” presented in January 2014 by Saarland, aiming to make the border region a multilingual space by 2043, on 12 February in Forbach Patrick Weiten, leader of the Moselle department council, referred to the department’s “Moselle strategy”, with the opening in June of an “open house of services for Germany” (Mosa).

  • Presidency of the Greater Region: Wallonia's objectives

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    Presidency of the Greater Region: Wallonia's objectives

    February 2015

    Depuis le 1er janvier 2015, la région wallonne a l’honneur et la responsabilité de présider la Grande Région, exercice assumé en étroite collaboration avec ses partenaires belges, la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles et la Communauté germanophone.

  • The Basque Eurocity sketched by its young inhabitants

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    The Basque Eurocity sketched by its young inhabitants

    December 2014

    Since September and until February 2015, young people from both sides of the Bidasoa River are working on the "Basque Eurocity of the future".