Conference on the Future of Europe: Advancing cross-border issues in the Europe of TomorrowMay 2021
The Conference on the Future of Europe was launched on 9 May. A local dialogue in Strasbourg marked the territorial dimension of the conference, and highlighted that local and regional authorities are essential in taking it beyond Brussels and the European capitals.
The Parliament, the Council and the European Commission are proposing an unprecedented exercise in participatory democracy, with a series of open and inclusive discussions and debates, over the span of a year, led by the citizens of the 27 member states. An interactive platform allows anyone to participate in debates and organise events.
The Covid crisis has put border territories on the front line: more than ever, the issue of borders needs to be integrated in discussions about the Europe of tomorrow!
With the European Cross-border Citizens’ Alliance, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), in partnership with the MOT, AEBR, and CESCI, undertook a public consultation between December 2020 and March 2021 on the future of cross-border cooperation up to 2050 (the results here). On the basis of the results, the CoR, supported by the MOT, the AEBR and CESCI, is drawing up a Resolution on the Future of Cross-Border Cooperation until 2050. Its adoption is expected with a vote on 1 July. It will serve as an official contribution from the CoR at the Conference on the Future of Europe.
The MOT invites stakeholders in cross-border territories to contribute towards developing a vision of what European cross-border cooperation should look like in the future, and to take part in the Conference on the Future of Europe: the cross-border approach must be strengthened! Cross-border citizen consultations, that the MOT vigorously supports, will contribute greatly to this.
Preparations for France’s Presidency of the EU
The Conference on the Future of Europe will deliver its conclusions during the France's Presidency, in the first half of 2022. The MOT, which is involved in the government’s preparations (Minister Clément Beaune, ANCT), wishes to make known the expectations of cross-border territories, on the occasion of the 2nd Borders Forum which will be held in Spring 2022.
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