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  • Launching of a European Cross-border Citizens' Alliance

    EUROPE

    Launching of a European Cross-border Citizens' Alliance

    June 2020

    At a time when Europe is at a turning point and is about to decide on its budget and political guidelines for the period 2021/27, the MOT, AEBR (Association of European Border Regions), and CESCI (Central European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives), are launching an European Cross-border Citizens’ Alliance, which is addressed to the European and national authorities so that they recognise the importance of cross-border cohesion as the cement of the European Union.

  • First meetings of the network’s working groups

    MOT

    First meetings of the network’s working groups

    June 2020

    The MOT network’s working groups met for the first time in the form of webinars on 12 June (the “Territorial Solidarity” group), 17 June (the “Cross-Border Governance” group) and 24 June (the “Metropolitan Cooperation” group). Their purpose is to share experiences along borders, to generate proposals for action, and to contribute to political reflections for the BORDERS FORUM to be held on 9-10 November.

  • Contribution from the MOT - Towards a coordination mechanism on the Franco-Italian-Monaco border?

    MOT

    Contribution from the MOT - Towards a coordination mechanism on the Franco-Italian-Monaco border?

    June 2020

    The MOT has contributed to the production of a report together with Professor Philippe Weckel and Robert Botteghi, within the framework of the territorial diplomacy (DITER) programme, of the University of the Côte d’Azur.

  • MOT study - The Sud Region prepares the future of its Interreg programmes

    MOT

    MOT study - The Sud Region prepares the future of its Interreg programmes

    June 2020

    A year ago, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region commissioned the MOT to carry out a capitalisation study that gave a voice to regional players involved in ALCOTRA and MARITTIMO projects by means of a broad consultation process.

  • Exchanging views and experiences to shape the future

    TERRITORIES

    Exchanging views and experiences to shape the future

    June 2020

    The current crisis across Europe has sparked criticisms, divisions and inconsistencies between countries, with significant impacts on the lives of people in border regions. However, the European Union – which is working to restart activity – is there to restore free movement in Europe, which is indispensable for the development of European citizenship. As a central part of the recovery, we need to rethink the challenges of the post-Covid period, such as education, agriculture, healthcare, trade, eco-friendly mobility and sustainable development.

  • Editorial by Loïc Delhuvenne, Director of the Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropolis
  • France-Switzerland: A Léman Coherence Strategy

    TERRITORIES

    France-Switzerland: A Léman Coherence Strategy

    June 2020

    Since 2008, the Léman Council has provided a Léman Coherence Transport Strategy. This initiative, which is led by the Canton of Valais, provides an overview for the whole of the Léman region.

  • The "Espace Mont-Blanc" refines its strategy for adapting to climate change

    TERRITORIES

    The "Espace Mont-Blanc" refines its strategy for adapting to climate change

    June 2020

    Drawing on 29 years of cross-border cooperation, the "Espace Mont-Blanc" ("Mont-Blanc area") on the Franco-Italian-Swiss border is striving to adapt its territory by seeking joint responses to the impacts of climate change.

  • The Franco-German border: Towards a cross-border model of crisis management?

    COVID-19

    The Franco-German border: Towards a cross-border model of crisis management?

    May 2020

    The barriers that were put up between the two countries from the start of the health crisis have had a major impact on citizens who were used to crossing the border on a daily basis*. In this context, there have been many local cooperation initiatives and the MOT would like to highlight them.

  • Editorial by Yves Le Breton, Director-General of the National Agency for Territorial Cohesion (ANCT, France)

    FRANCE

    Editorial by Yves Le Breton, Director-General of the National Agency for Territorial Cohesion (ANCT, France)

    May 2020

    The National Agency for Territorial Cohesion, which was created out of the merger of the CGET, the EPARECA and the Digital Agency, was founded on 1 January 2020. Its name well encapsulates its purpose – which is to strengthen territorial cohesion and combat social division. To do this, the ANCT supports local elected representatives in the implementation of their projects, adapting to the needs on the ground.

  • INTERACT – "Introducing more territoriality into Interreg"

    EUROPE

    INTERACT – "Introducing more territoriality into Interreg"

    May 2020

    The INTERACT programme offers training courses to players involved in the management of and decision-making for Interreg programmes. Jean Peyrony, the MOT’s Director-General, contributed to a training session devoted to the relevance and concepts of territoriality and functional areas in the upcoming 2021-2027 programming period, in which political objective 5 aims to give greater prominence to territorial strategies and action by local players.

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

    TERRITORIES

    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.

  • The four levels of cooperation of the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis

    TERRITORIES

    The four levels of cooperation of the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis

    April 2020

    The Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis is a unique cross-border territory, located between the sea and the mountains and adjacent to two borders: an internal EU border over 100 km long with the Piedmont Region in Italy and an international border with the Principality of Monaco. Its 2020-2030 Cross-Border Cooperation Strategy, adopted on 16 December 2019, is organised into four complementary levels of work.

  • The Strasbourg Eurometropolis’s Cross-Border Cooperation Strategy

    TERRITORIES

    The Strasbourg Eurometropolis’s Cross-Border Cooperation Strategy

    April 2020

    The territory of the Strasbourg Eurometropolis has an abundance of players and initiatives in the area of cross-border cooperation, for the most part designed and implemented with its German partners in Kehl and Ortenau. It also has several tools for dialogue and cross-border governance that enable it to foster and coordinate the daily contacts that make it one of the centres for cooperation in the Upper Rhine area.

  • The Lille European Metropolis’s Cross-Border Cooperation Strategy – an opportunity to rethink its cross-border strategy

    TERRITORIES

    The Lille European Metropolis’s Cross-Border Cooperation Strategy – an opportunity to rethink its cross-border strategy

    April 2020

    The need to draw up a Cross-Border Cooperation Strategy was an opportunity for the Lille European Metropolis to rethink its cross-border strategy and regional leadership in this regard. In order to better assess the aspirations and orientations of its Cross-Border Cooperation Strategy, in 2016 the MEL commissioned the MOT to help prepare it, and set up a technical committee bringing together central government, the Region and the Department as well as the territories and urban planning agencies along the Franco-Belgian border.

  • What is a Cross-Border Cooperation Strategy?

    FRANCE

    What is a Cross-Border Cooperation Strategy?

    April 2020

    The Cross-Border Cooperation Strategy first appeared with the French MAPTAM Act of 2014, which affirmed the role of metropolises. It is a strategic coordination document for the French side of the border aimed at enabling cross-border actions. The act provides for its drafting by metropolises that border on a foreign country, in association with "the department, the region and the municipalities concerned".

  • Prefects' power of derogation: a new decree in France

    FRANCE

    Prefects' power of derogation: a new decree in France

    April 2020

    A new decree concerning the right of derogation available to prefects was adopted on 8 April 2020, in France. In accordance with the commitment made by the French President, and following an experiment conducted over nearly two years, it was decided to extend the power of derogation to all prefects and thereby step up the devolving of decisions to the local level.

  • Germany and France at the Forefront of Cross-border Observation in Europe

    NATIONAL LEVEL

    Germany and France at the Forefront of Cross-border Observation in Europe

    February 2020

    On 5 and 6 December 2019 in Bonn (Germany), the German Federal Institute for Research on Building Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) brought together the signatories of the "Memorandum for the creation of a European network for cross-border observation", representatives from Germany’s different borders (Statistics offices, local and regional authorities, ministries in charge of territorial cohesion, national bodies), as well as DG REGIO, the ESPON programme, and the MOT.

  • Aachen Treaty - First meeting of the Cross-Border Cooperation Committee

    NATIONAL LEVEL

    Aachen Treaty - First meeting of the Cross-Border Cooperation Committee

    February 2020

    One year on from the signing of the Aachen Treaty, a Franco-German "Cross-Border Cooperation Committee" was officially established, in Hambach, on 22 January 2020, in the presence of the German Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Michael Roth, and the French Secretary of State in charge of European Affairs, Amélie de Montchalin. Its objective is "to overcome everyday border problems by means of concrete and reproducible solutions".

  • Editorial by Jean Rottner, President of the Grand Est Region
  • The MOT’s contribution at the conference "Spatial planning in the Franco-Swiss Jura Arc"

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    The MOT’s contribution at the conference "Spatial planning in the Franco-Swiss Jura Arc"

    February 2020

    On 23 January 2020, the MOT took part in the conference "Spatial planning in the Franco-Swiss Jura Arc", held in La Chaux-de-Fonds (CH) within the framework of the Interreg V – ARC-AD programme. As well as being an opportunity to share views on spatial planning issues in the cross-border territory, the purpose of the conference was to present the ARC-AD tool, a decision-making tool designed to facilitate the coordination of territorial planning across the Jura Arc.

  • Cross-border strategies being drawn up in cross-border urban areas

    MOT

    Cross-border strategies being drawn up in cross-border urban areas

    January 2020

    The MAPTAM Act* enables border metropolises to draw up a Cross-Border Cooperation Strategy. Lille, Strasbourg and Nice have taken up this opportunity and have been working since 2018, with support from the MOT, on formulating a strategy to structure their cross-border policy. Other territories have followed suit such as the Basque Country Conurbation Community.

  • Authority of Alsace and cross-border cooperation: what does the Act say?

    FRANCE

    Authority of Alsace and cross-border cooperation: what does the Act say?

    November 2019

    The Act (No. 2019-816) of 2 August 2019 concerning the competences of the European Territorial Authority of Alsace (CEA) ratified the creation of this new territorial authority arising from the merger of the French Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin Departments on 1 January 2021.

  • A 2030 strategy for the Upper Rhine Trinational Metropolitan Region

    TERRITORIES

    A 2030 strategy for the Upper Rhine Trinational Metropolitan Region

    November 2019

    The 2030 strategy for the Upper Rhine Trinational Metropolitan Region was signed in Basel on 22 November. “We want to be a model region for Europe and to make visible and tangible the benefits that Europe provides day by day. To do this, we will continue to develop excellence in the economic and scientific field, to strengthen structures of cross-border cooperation and to develop new potential,” the political representatives affirmed on this occasion.

  • Meeting of the National Mountain Council on cross-border issues

    FRANCE

    Meeting of the National Mountain Council on cross-border issues

    November 2019

    The National Mountain Council is a consultative body, established by the Montagne Act, that has a proposal-making role with respect to setting goals for the development, spatial planning and protection of mountain ranges. It is made up of parliamentarians and representatives from the regions and departments of the six mountain ranges in metropolitan France (the Alps, Corsica, the Jura, the Massif Central, the Pyrenees and the Vosges) and the three overseas mountain ranges, social professionals and representatives from the voluntary sector. The General Commission for Territorial Equality provides its general secretariat.