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  • INSEE highlights the negative impact of cross-border workers on growth in the Grand Est Region

    TERRITORIES

    INSEE highlights the negative impact of cross-border workers on growth in the Grand Est Region

    March 2022

    According to a study by INSEE that has just been published, average GDP growth in the Grand Est Region is the second lowest among mainland France’s regions, after Burgundy- Franche-Comté: "In the region, per capita GDP totalled €28,300 in 2017, which was €1,200 lower than the average for provincial France. […] One explanation for this is the greater increase in the number of cross-border workers than of workers in employment.

  • A "web" of cross-border innovation to observe and promote the economy of the Upper Rhine

    TERRITORIES

    A "web" of cross-border innovation to observe and promote the economy of the Upper Rhine

    February 2022

    A "web" is a new method for observing innovative sectors. It consists of a mode of visualisation of ecosystems through the representation of their players and the relationships that connect them, and is designed to be a "participatory and experimental tool".

  • 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).

  • DG REGIO reveals the first results of its study on cross-border public transport services

    EUROPE

    DG REGIO reveals the first results of its study on cross-border public transport services

    December 2021

    Lack of accessibility by public transport remains a major obstacle to opening up isolated European border regions. It is on the basis of this observation that the European Commission launched in 2020 a comprehensive study to identify all existing services on European borders.

  • 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.

  • New – with #lundicarto, every Monday the MOT presents a cross-border map

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    New – with #lundicarto, every Monday the MOT presents a cross-border map

    November 2021

    Starting from this November, every Monday the MOT is publishing on social media a map illustrating the reality of flows and cooperation in cross-border living areas.

  • 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.

  • 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"**:

  • Special report of the European Court of Auditors on Interreg

    EUROPE

    Special report of the European Court of Auditors on Interreg

    September 2021

    In early July, the European Court of Auditors published a report on the implementation of Interreg programmes. It highlighted that “the programmes have clear strategies for addressing the challenges facing the cross-border regions”, but that they are “limited [in their ability] to unlock the potential of these regions”.

  • An observatory of the territorial impacts of the crisis

    FRANCE

    An observatory of the territorial impacts of the crisis

    April 2021

    This new observatory (French level) presented its preliminary findings at a webinar on 19 March, entitled “What is the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on territories’ economic and social dynamics?”, in which the MOT participated.

  • Greater Region: interactive cross-border map showing air quality

    TERRITORIES

    Greater Region: interactive cross-border map showing air quality

    March 2021

    The Greater Region’s Geographical Information System and ATMO Grand Est have joined forces in order to develop an interactive map that makes it possible to check air quality across the whole of the cross-border territory of the Greater Region.

  • European study carried out by the MOT on behalf of DG REGIO What have been the impacts of border restrictions on citizens?

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    European study carried out by the MOT on behalf of DG REGIO What have been the impacts of border restrictions on citizens?

    February 2021

    At a time when we are seeing fresh border closures, the MOT is proposing to take a step back and to analyse the first phase of the crisis and its impact on cross-border living areas.

  • A dictionary of borders and cooperation

    PUBLICATION

    A dictionary of borders and cooperation

    October 2020

    The "Critical Dictionary of Borders, Cross-Border Cooperation and European Integration" has just been published: a major publication that contains 209 articles written by 124 authors from different countries and academic disciplines, accompanied by 66 original maps produced by the MOT.

  • European Cross-border Citizen's Alliance

    EUROPE

    European Cross-border Citizen's Alliance

    October 2020

    While the crisis initially provoked uncoordinated border measures, it also revealed interdependencies and gave rise to multiple forms of cooperation and cross-border solidarity, which now need to be organised and strengthened by European and national public policies that take full account of the specific nature of cross-border territories.

  • A publication by the MOT: The Covid-19 crisis on French borders

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    A publication by the MOT: The Covid-19 crisis on French borders

    June 2020

    The MOT has published an analysis of the consequences for cross-border territories of the health crisis – the result of a call for experiences issued to all of its members. Organised in three main parts, it aims to set out the impacts, difficulties and initiatives linked to the management of the Covid-19 health crisis in cross-border territories.

  • GeoRhena, an observation tool for the Upper Rhine

    COVID-19

    GeoRhena, an observation tool for the Upper Rhine

    May 2020

    GeoRhena, the Upper Rhine geographic information system, has developed a simplified dynamic mapping tool that enables people to view and search for regularly updated data on developments in the Covid-19 epidemic in the Franco-German-Swiss trinational region.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Annual summary of the Greater Geneva Cross-Border Statistical Observatory

    TERRITORIES

    Annual summary of the Greater Geneva Cross-Border Statistical Observatory

    January 2020

    The Greater Geneva Cross-Border Statistical Observatory has just published its 2019 summary: “The Geneva cross-border area continues to see demographic and economic growth: demographic growth is strong in the Geneva cross-border area (1.6% annually between 2011 and 2016), and is significantly higher than both the Swiss and French averages (1.1% and 0.4% respectively). This large territory […] is now home to more than a million people.”

  • Assessing the territorial impact of cross-border cooperation

    EUROPE

    Assessing the territorial impact of cross-border cooperation

    November 2019

    The ESPON programme has published its new report about Territorial Impact Assessment for Cross-Border Cooperation – TIA CBC.

  • Energy, citizenship, the ECBM, observation: major topics at the heart of the workshops attended by the MOT

    EUROPEAN WEEK OF REGIONS AND CITIES

    Energy, citizenship, the ECBM, observation: major topics at the heart of the workshops attended by the MOT

    October 2019

    At the 2019 edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities, which brought together over 9,000 participants in Brussels, the MOT ran a workshop entitled "No country is an island: joint cross-border strategies for a clean energy transition".

  • "A multidimensional measurement of the integration between European border regions"

    PUBLICATION

    "A multidimensional measurement of the integration between European border regions"

    October 2019

    Cross-border integration in Europe is a complex and multifaceted process that has contrasting impacts on border regions. In this article, the authors provide, with the aid of statistical indicators, an analysis of cross-border integration along the EU’s internal borders, highlighting the similarities and discrepancies that can be observed between different territories.