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Incorporating the cross-border dimension into the “3D” bill: the MOT mobilises together with its network

December 2020

Incorporating the cross-border dimension into the “3D” bill: the MOT mobilises together with its network

Following on from the words of the Minister Jacqueline Gourault*, which give cross-border territories the role of “laboratories for the next stage of decentralisation”, serving as areas of experimentation at the forefront of territorial differentiation, the MOT wishes to elaborate with its network a joint position to incorporate the cross-border dimension into the 3D bill (Decentralisation, Differentiation and Deconcentration). This is due to be presented in the Council of Ministers in January 2021.

  • In the area of “differentiation”, cross-border projects and the obstacles that impede their implementation require “bespoke” treatment. The forthcoming 3D bill should go in the direction of the European Parliament and Council’s proposed regulation aimed at putting the European Cross-Border Mechanism (ECBM) in place, enabling the creation notably of a national and interministerial coordination point, which is indispensable to overcome obstacles.

  • In the areas of “decentralisation and deconcentration”, the bill should be in line with the guidelines set out with the signature of the Franco-German Aachen Treaty in 2019. These signal the need to give “territorial authorities in border territories, and cross-border entities such as EGTCs, appropriate competences, dedicated resources and accelerated procedures”

In order to ensure that this is taken on board, and to follow up on the proposal by the MP Christophe Arend at the Borders Forum to mobilise MPs in border territories around this position, the MOT is inviting the members of its network and its partners to contribute via the online forum [FR] to the drafting of these joint proposals. Dear cross-border players, get writing!

MOT's contribution - working document 

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