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    Creation of a cross-border chamber of commerce

    November 2016

    The directors of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Perpignan, Girona, Lleida and Andorra have officially launched the cross-border Chamber of Commerce and Industry “Pirineus Med”: a new body which aims to develop exchanges and cross-border knowledge, and whose goal is to “establish trade relations in the cross-border territory”.

  • The Working Community of the Pyrenees, at the heart of the development strategy for the Pyrenean massif

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    The Working Community of the Pyrenees, at the heart of the development strategy for the Pyrenean massif

    November 2016

    The Working Community of the Pyrenees (CTP) brings together the French and Spanish border regions, and Andorra. Its main objective is to contribute to harmonious and coordinated development of the Pyrenean massif.

  • Atlas of Greater Geneva: taking stock for sustainable progress

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    Atlas of Greater Geneva: taking stock for sustainable progress

    November 2016

    The work of 174 pages offers an environmental, social and economic inventory of the cross-border territory of Greater Geneva on the French-Swiss border.

  • "Skills Without Borders"project launch

    TERRITORIES

    "Skills Without Borders"project launch

    November 2016

    The project “Compétences sans Frontières” (Skills without Borders) was launched on 1 October 2016. Its goal is to contribute to reducing the imbalance of supply and demand in the job market of the France-Wallonia-Flanders cross-border region.

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    Four new Interreg projects in the territory of the Basque Eurocity

    September 2016

    "Connect Innovation Bai!", "MAREA", "H2Ogurea" and "EDERBIDEA" of the names of four of the new projects selected in the first call for projects under POCTEFA 2014-2020.

  • MOT Annual Conference: "Borders: a 'resource' for the inhabitants of border regions"

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    MOT Annual Conference: "Borders: a 'resource' for the inhabitants of border regions"

    June 2016

    The Annual Conference of the MOT brought together 150 participants on 24 May 2016 in the Palais de la Porte Dorée, home of the French National Museum of the History of Immigration, in conjunction with the exhibition “Frontières” (“Borders”) currently on view.

  • "Acteurs, mobilisez-vous : le Plan Juncker finance vos projets !"

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    "Acteurs, mobilisez-vous : le Plan Juncker finance vos projets !"

    May 2016

    Lancé à l’automne 2014 par le président de la Commission européenne, le plan "Juncker" vise à relancer les investissements en particulier dans les infrastructures, les industries de demain et les compétences. Composé de deux volets – 75 milliards d’euros pour les PME et 240 milliards d’euros pour les infrastructures – il a été mis en œuvre rapidement sur le terrain.

  • The European Consumer Centre's new websites

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    The European Consumer Centre's new websites

    May 2016

    The French-German association has launched two new websites aimed at providing consumers with better information.

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    Cross-border innovation fair in Metz

    April 2016

    The second edition of “Startup Show 42”, a cross-border digital innovation fair, was held on 6 April in Metz on the fringes of the Franco-German Council of Ministers. Over forty startups from the Lorraine Corridor (Epinal, Nancy, Metz, Thionville) and the QuattroPole city network (Luxembourg, Metz, Saarbrücken, Trier) were there to present their know-how and latest innovations.

  • Socioeconomic typology of border regions in the European Union

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    Socioeconomic typology of border regions in the European Union

    April 2016

    This study, which has just been published on the UMS RIATE website, looks at the analysis of border regions on internal borders of the European Union with a methodological approach: How do we define border areas? How do we measure the multi-criterial territorial discontinuities? How do we qualify their evolution in time? How do we evaluate accessibility between border regions?

  • The 2016 "Science Offensive" has been launched

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    The 2016 "Science Offensive" has been launched

    March 2016

    The Upper Rhine Trinational Metropolitan Region is renewing its scheme to finance cross-border projects in the area of research and innovation entitled the "Science Offensive".

  • Cross-border economic development: a challenge for Martinique

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    Cross-border economic development: a challenge for Martinique

    February 2016

    Martinique's potential for economic development with the other countries of the Greater Caribbean is underexploited.

  • Editorial from Dr. Fritz Pinnock, Executive Director, Caribbean Maritime Institute (Jamaica)

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    Editorial from Dr. Fritz Pinnock, Executive Director, Caribbean Maritime Institute (Jamaica)

    February 2016

    The Greater Caribbean comprises 4.3 million km2 of water stretching from the Caribbean Sea to the Gulf of Mexico, and numbers 800 million inhabitants.

  • What would be the economic consequences of abandoning the Schengen agreements?

    EUROPE

    What would be the economic consequences of abandoning the Schengen agreements?

    February 2016

    France-Stratégie has published an analysis of the economic consequences of abandoning the Schengen agreements.

  • A cross-border platform dedicated to businesses in the Greater Region

    TERRITORIES

    A cross-border platform dedicated to businesses in the Greater Region

    January 2016

    The "Grex" platform was set up on 4 January 2016 in order to provide operational support to any sole trader or SME wishing to develop an economic partnership in the Greater Region.

  • Unemployed in France, unemployable in Switzerland

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    Unemployed in France, unemployable in Switzerland

    January 2016

    At the end of 2015, the European Cross-Border Grouping (Groupement Transfrontalier Européen, GTE) was alerted by Switzerland's temping agencies regarding the difficulties they are encountering in hiring French unemployed people as temporary workers.

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

    EUROPE

    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.

  • Illustrative projects in the area of cross-border economic development

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    Illustrative projects in the area of cross-border economic development

    October 2015

    The Kiosk Office, the first cross-border co-working space, was set up in Offenburg in July 2014 and in Strasbourg in early 2015. This meeting place for entrepreneurs from either side of the border fulfils a real need observed in the territory (administrative and legal advice, networking, etc.). Since it was established, 600 people have visited it and two French-German businesses have been set up.

  • Nearly 180 people assembled to discuss the topic of cross-border economic development

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    Nearly 180 people assembled to discuss the topic of cross-border economic development

    October 2015

    The final conference of the project embarked on by the MOT in 2014 on cross-border economic development brought together nearly 180 people in Paris on 30 September.

  • The MOT is publishing two handbooks to encourage cross-border economic development

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    The MOT is publishing two handbooks to encourage cross-border economic development

    September 2015

    Since January 2014, the MOT has been carrying out a project supported by the national technical assistance programme Europ'Act relating to the economic development of the cross-border territories along France's borders. The results of this work will be presented at the project's final conference on 30 September in Paris.

  • Conference in Metz on French-German cross-border cooperation

    TERRITORIES

    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.

  • Inauguration in Strasbourg of the cross-border KiosK Office

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    Inauguration in Strasbourg of the cross-border KiosK Office

    June 2015

    The KiosK Office, a unique French-German co-production, was inaugurated on 10 June 2015 in Strasbourg in the presence of Harlem Désir, French secretary of state for European affairs.

  • 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.

  • KiosK office: opening of the first cross-border co-working space in Europe

    TERRITORIES

    KiosK office: opening of the first cross-border co-working space in Europe

    March 2015

    Starting in January 2015, business creation consultancy cooperative START HOP welcomes French-German entrepreneurs to its convivial “KiosK office” spaces at locations in Strasbourg and Offenburg, helping them to develop their market with a 360° view.

  • 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).