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  • Editorial by Jean Rottner, President of the Grand Est Region and President of the FNAU

    TERRITORIES

    Editorial by Jean Rottner, President of the Grand Est Region and President of the FNAU

    January 2022

    With the start of the 2022 marking the launch of France’s presidency of the European Union, it is an important time to champion the construction of a Europe that is closer to its citizens, a Europe of daily life, notably embodied by the cross-border territories, which contribute to cementing the European edifice.

  • 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).

  • Closer cooperation between Strasbourg and Kehl

    TERRITORIES

    Closer cooperation between Strasbourg and Kehl

    January 2022

    At their joint municipal council meeting that took place on 1 December 2021, the cities of Strasbourg and Kehl signed a cooperation agreement aimed at stepping up their exchanges and working on new cross-border projects. This initiative encompasses the competences of the Strasbourg Eurometropolis, which is a signatory to the agreement, thus marking a recognition of involvement at the intermunicipal level in the cooperation between the cities and the construction of a cross-border conurbation.

  • En route for Katowice to talk cross-border cooperation!

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    En route for Katowice to talk cross-border cooperation!

    January 2022

    The PFVT (Partenariat Français pour la Ville et les Territoires – French Partnership for Cities and Territories) is French urban development players’ platform for discussion and promotion of their expertise internationally.

  • France’s presidency of the EU: what place for cross-border territories?

    EUROPE

    France’s presidency of the EU: what place for cross-border territories?

    January 2022

    From 1 January until 30 June 2022, France holds the presidency of the European Union Council, for the 13th time. At a press conference on 9 December, President Emmanuel Macron set out the presidency’s three main themes: "recovery", "power" and "belonging". On this last point, he emphasised that the feeling of belonging to the European region had "declined" in France, as in other EU countries.

  • The goals of the Alzette Belval EGTC until 2027

    TERRITORIES

    The goals of the Alzette Belval EGTC until 2027

    January 2022

    The Alzette Belval EGTC has unveiled its new cross-border strategy for the next six years.

  • Bringing together cross-border territories in preparation for 2022!

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    Bringing together cross-border territories in preparation for 2022!

    December 2021

    This autumn, and for the second consecutive year, the MOT organised nine “territorial meetings”, so as to keep in close contact with the members of its network, and involve them in preparing its annual programme. Held successively in Besançon, Strasbourg, Lille, Annemasse, Charleville-Mézières, Nice, Urrugne, Perpignan and Metz, both virtually and in person, the meetings brought together close to 200 participants in total.

  • Launching of the EP's pilot project" Cross-Border Crisis Response Integrated Initiative" (CBCRII)

    EUROPE

    Launching of the EP's pilot project" Cross-Border Crisis Response Integrated Initiative" (CBCRII)

    December 2021

    Initiated by Anne Sander MEP, the European Parliament's pilot project "Cross-Border Crisis Response Integrated Initiative" (CBCRII) has just been approved. It can now be implemented by DG REGIO.

  • The Quirinal Treaty – a historical advance for Franco-Italian cross-border cooperation

    NATIONAL LEVEL

    The Quirinal Treaty – a historical advance for Franco-Italian cross-border cooperation

    December 2021

    On the eve of France’s presidency of the EU, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, and the head of the Italian government, Mario Draghi, have signed in Rome a bilateral cooperation treaty, the “Quirinal Treaty”. Sixty years after the signature of the Franco-German Élysée Treaty, this “friendship pact” is historical and marks the desire, at the highest level of state, to advance Franco-Italian cross-border cooperation.

  • Towards greater cooperation around Monte Viso

    TERRITORIES

    Towards greater cooperation around Monte Viso

    December 2021

    Continuing a collaboration going back 30 years, the territories located south of Monte Viso (3,841 metres), the iconic mountain in the Southern Alps, are structuring their cooperation within the framework of an integrated territorial plan supported by the ALCOTRA programme, known as “Terres Monviso”.

  • TERACTION: proactive Franco-Italian partners join the MOT’s network

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    TERACTION: proactive Franco-Italian partners join the MOT’s network

    December 2021

    On 5 November 2021, the MOT team had the pleasure of hosting the partners of the integrated territorial plan known as GraiesLab – Active And Innovative Rural Generations – in their offices for a work meeting.

  • A cross-border component for the Sambre-Avesnois-Thiérache Pact

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    A cross-border component for the Sambre-Avesnois-Thiérache Pact

    December 2021

    On 19 November, the French President Emmanuel Macron came to the Avesnois and the Thiérache to sign a second-generation contract between the French state and the territory.

  • Publication of the proceedings of the MOT's annual conference

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    Publication of the proceedings of the MOT's annual conference

    November 2021

    The four roundtables held during the MOT’s annual event on 21-22 September gave rise to rich discussions among the 200 participants present in Morteau and La Chaux-de-Fonds.

  • A ESPON Policy Brief demonstrates the relevance of a "pan-European" approach to cross-border observation

    EUROPE

    A ESPON Policy Brief demonstrates the relevance of a "pan-European" approach to cross-border observation

    November 2021

    The policy brief "Cross-border monitoring and observation in Europe" explores the main takeaways from research studies done at EU level, compiling the most relevant EU documents, and aims to support the upscaling of good practices for cross-border monitoring and observation to pan-European level.

  • A new strategy for the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Euskadi Navarra Euroregion

    TERRITORIES

    A new strategy for the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Euskadi Navarra Euroregion

    November 2021

    On the 10th anniversary of its creation on 27 October, the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Euskadi Navarra Euroregion presented its new strategic plan.

  • Two Franco-German "Planspiele" devoted to border regions

    TERRITORIES

    Two Franco-German "Planspiele" devoted to border regions

    October 2021

    Concrete expressions of the Aachen Treaty, two MORO* pilot projects on the Franco-German border aim to strengthen the cross-border dimension of territorial development practices, using an innovative method that has been widely tried out in Germany – the "Planspiel"**:

  • AEBR, MOT and CESCI sign the "Strasbourg Declaration"

    EUROPE

    AEBR, MOT and CESCI sign the "Strasbourg Declaration"

    October 2021

    "Maintaining cross-border cooperation at the heart of the European project" is the ambition of the "Strasbourg Declaration", signed on 7 October 2021, in Strasbourg, by the three founding partners of the European Cross-Border Citizens' Alliance.

  • 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.

  • EGTCs meet in Innsbruck

    EUROPE

    EGTCs meet in Innsbruck

    October 2021

    You’re part of it! It was under this motto that the 11th EGTC Platform meeting opened on 30 September, hosted by the Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino Euroregion (Austrian-Italian border), on the occasion of its 10th birthday.

  • Editorial by Pierre Vaufrey, President of the Doubs Urban Conurbation and Deputy Mayor of Morteau

    TERRITORIES

    Editorial by Pierre Vaufrey, President of the Doubs Urban Conurbation and Deputy Mayor of Morteau

    September 2021

    "The Doubs Urban Conurbation was set up in 2006. Initially an informal collaboration, it led to the creation of a local grouping of cross-border cooperation, the only one in the Franco-Swiss Jura Arc running between the Basel Trinational Eurodistrict and Greater Geneva. Today the LGCC comprises the Val de Morteau group of municipalities and the towns of Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle.

  • The Doubs Urban Conurbation hosts the MOT’s annual event

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    The Doubs Urban Conurbation hosts the MOT’s annual event

    September 2021

    The MOT’s general assembly is taking place this year in Morteau and La Chaux-de-Fonds on 21-22 September, at the invitation of the Doubs Urban Conurbation, a member of its network. Joël Giraud, Minister of State under the Minister for Territorial Cohesion, in charge of Rurality (France) and former Vice-President of the MOT, will speak at the end of the first day.

  • The Doubs Urban Conurbation: "We need to develop local cross-border cooperation"

    TERRITORIES

    The Doubs Urban Conurbation: "We need to develop local cross-border cooperation"

    September 2021

    Seven years after its creation, the LGCC* of the Doubs Urban Conurbation (Agglomération Urbaine du Doubs – AUD) has shown its effectiveness in helping local elected representatives to get to know one another better, which has enabled them to set out joint projects while at the same time speaking with one voice on behalf of the binational territory.

  • New report by the Commission: "EU border regions: living labs of European integration"

    EUROPE

    New report by the Commission: "EU border regions: living labs of European integration"

    September 2021

    This European Commission report, published on 13 July, looks at the lessons of the Covid crisis and the initiatives carried out since the publication of its 2017 Communication “Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions”.

  • Resolution of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR): "On a vision for Europe: the future of cross-border cooperation"

    EUROPE

    Resolution of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR): "On a vision for Europe: the future of cross-border cooperation"

    September 2021

    Adopted on 1 July, this resolution constitutes an official contribution from the CoR to the Conference on the Future of Europe. It sets out the concrete proposals of the CoR and the European Cross-Border Citizens’ Alliance (AEBR, MOT and CESCI) to put cross-border cooperation back at the top of the EU's policy agenda after a year disrupted by the pandemic.

  • Cross-border monitoring of the 3DS bill (France) by the MOT

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    Cross-border monitoring of the 3DS bill (France) by the MOT

    September 2021

    Following its adoption at its first reading in the Senate on 21 July 2021, the 3DS bill (standing for “differentiation, decentralisation, deconcentration and various measures to simplify local public action”) will be examined under a fast-track procedure in the Assemblée Nationale, in France, from the beginning of December. Taking on a number of the proposals put forward by the MOT, the senators adopted a series of amendments relating to cross-border issues.