New projects for the Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Euskadi-Navarra EuroregionApril 2017
On 6 March 2017, Navarra joined the Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Euskadi Euroregion. A new partnership that reinforces cooperation between the French and Spanish territories.
Gathered in Bordeaux for the general assembly of the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC), the President of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region and of the EGTC, Alain Rousset, the President of the government of Euskadi, Iñigo Urkullu, and the President of the government of Navarra, Uxue Barkos, signed a new partnership agreement that officially incorporates the Navarra Autonomous Community into the Franco-Spanish cooperation area. By virtue of its geographical location and its cultural heritage, it is natural that Navarra should participate in this Euroregional construction, which was launched at the end of 2011. With this new partner, the Euroregion now encompasses nearly nine million inhabitants across a territory of 100,000 km2. It thus has additional assets with which to implement European projects and carry out its many initiatives for the benefit of the region's citizens.
The Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Euskadi-Navarra Euroregion has developed a public information service for cross-border travellers by creating an information portal (transfermuga.eu) and a calculator of cross-border itineraries. It is also working on the development and linking-up of cross-border urban, inter-urban and rail transport services.
The Euroregion runs the European project "Strengthening Europe: development of an Aquitaine-Euskadi Euroregional labour pool", funded by the Interreg programme POCTEFA. This project aims to draw up an assessment of the reality of cross-border employment along the border, to provide reference data on the subject, to promote the Euroregion as a territory of economic opportunity, and to identify potential obstacles to the free movement of labour. The MOT is assisting the EGTC with the drawing-up of an assessment and the formulation of solutions regarding cross-border employment within the Euroregional territory.
The Euroregion funds strategic partnerships between players in higher education across the Euroregional territory, thus making it possible to offer "Euroregional Erasmus" grants to students, and to develop a "Euroregional Campus of Excellence", which provides the possibility of "double degrees" and co-supervision related to key sectors in the Euroregion.