Editorial by Christian Dupessey, Mayor of Annemasse, President of the Metropolitan Pole of the French Genevois, re-elected the MOT’s PresidentOctober 2021
"It is a great honour for me to be re-elected President of the MOT, and to be able to continue to champion with you the cross-border and European cause. Over the past year, I have appreciated the value of our association, its network and its technical team.
The pandemic put back certain deadlines, but it has also given us an opportunity to review our working methods, and the MOT has reinforced its value added and continues to be a major reference point with regard to cross-border issues.
The crisis has highlighted the importance of the cross-border dimension in the lives of our fellow citizens, and the ability of our elected representatives to invent new solutions.
Cross-border identity has been strengthened, but the obstacles encountered by “cross-border living areas” remain. France’s presidency of the EU must put cross-border issues at the heart of the European project. National coordination points need to be designated that function as a network along each border and across Europe, as is advocated by the proposed ECBM regulation on the resolution of cross-border obstacles.
It is by continuing to work together at all levels that we will succeed in giving local players what they need to implement their projects, to overcome obstacles and to build in each territory cross-border governance capable of meeting the needs of citizens."
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