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  • President Emmanuel Macron's visit to French Guiana

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    President Emmanuel Macron's visit to French Guiana

    November 2017

    During his visit to French Guiana in October, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, stressed the importance of France's outermost regions.

  • Workshop on the Commission's Communication on cross-border obstacles and the AEBR's annual conference

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    Workshop on the Commission's Communication on cross-border obstacles and the AEBR's annual conference

    November 2017

    On 25 October 2017 in Merida (Spain), the MOT took part in a workshop of the European Commission's DG REGIO with the border regions of Spain, Portugal, France and Italy on the topic of obstacles to cross-border cooperation, following the Communication published in September.

  • Call for projects promoting decentralised cooperation

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    Call for projects promoting decentralised cooperation

    November 2017

    The Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs has launched a call for projects promoting decentralised cooperation, within which cross-border cooperation has been identified as a priority area.

  • 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.

  • Encouraging young people's cross-border mobility in the Greater Region

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    Encouraging young people's cross-border mobility in the Greater Region

    June 2017

    This is the aim of the project FagA/Centre d’aide à la mobilité transfrontalière (CAMT – Centre for Assistance with Cross-Border Mobility) launched on 1 July 2016 in the SaarMoselle Eurodistrict.

  • University of the Greater Region (UniGR) launches a new study programme

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    University of the Greater Region (UniGR) launches a new study programme

    June 2017

    The "Master's in border studies" is an international, interdisciplinary and multilingual study programme aimed at providing students who wish to pursue their careers in intercultural and cross-border settings with the main concepts and necessary analytical tools to understand the issues related to border territories and transnational cooperation.

  • New projects for the Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Euskadi-Navarra Euroregion

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    New projects for the Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Euskadi-Navarra Euroregion

    April 2017

    On 6 March 2017, Navarra joined the Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Euskadi Euroregion. A new partnership that reinforces cooperation between the French and Spanish territories.

  • Young European volunteers at the heart of Interreg projects

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    Young European volunteers at the heart of Interreg projects

    April 2017

    The Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) manages on behalf of the European Commission the new initiative known as "Interreg Volunteer Youth" (IVY), which aims to give young Europeans aged 18-30 the opportunity to serve as volunteers in Interreg programmes and projects.

  • Pamina Eurodistrict: an online game to get to know the neighbouring country and the territory's rich heritage

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    Pamina Eurodistrict: an online game to get to know the neighbouring country and the territory's rich heritage

    March 2017

    The Pamina Eurodistrict is launching a digital version of a board game called "Le Passe-partout" ("The Master Key") to help schoolchildren learn about the rich cultural heritage of the Franco-German territory and encourage bilingualism.

  • 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.

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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.