Editorial by Loïc Delhuvenne, Director of the Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai EurometropolisJune 2020
"Our European grouping of territorial cooperation is for the European citizens living along the border the closest institutional support to help with setting up European initiatives. Cross-border territories are “mini-Europes”. The daily information put out by the EGTC during the health crisis has shown that the local level is an important component to help with daily life, and to champion and develop our European values. We are very pleased about the call for a European Cross-border Citizens' Alliance launched by the MOT, which signals the desire to work together across borders, from the local up to the European levels.
We are working on this every day with players on the ground, as European issues have their roots in our regions, our territories and at our local level. From the bottom up, so as not to lose a sense of people’s realities and to stay in line with the needs of our inhabitants. The future of Europe will be underpinned, I am convinced, by enhanced solidarity between countries, increased sharing of good practices and a commitment to the European Green Deal. Conscious of the reforms that need to be made to our European Union, we are positioning ourselves more than ever as experienced observers and contributors to the future of European construction. With audacity and tenacity, the Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropolis aims to build bridges and forge links, taking no account of physical and linguistic borders. Because we are all “one” in our European Union."
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