The Doubs Urban Conurbation hosts the MOT’s annual eventSeptember 2021
The MOT’s general assembly is taking place this year in Morteau and La Chaux-de-Fonds on 21-22 September, at the invitation of the Doubs Urban Conurbation, a member of its network. Joël Giraud, Minister of State under the Minister for Territorial Cohesion, in charge of Rurality (France) and former Vice-President of the MOT, will speak at the end of the first day.
Thus, two days of cross-border discussions and exchanges of views1 await the participants over the course of the general assembly, four roundtables and field visits on either side of the Franco-Swiss border.
In the context of the recent progress made at European level,2 the topics of the roundtables will highlight key challenges for cross-border territories:
RT1 The ecological transition: "Towards cross-border sobriety?".
RT2 Co-development: "Can the economic recovery be cross-border and mutually supportive?".
RT3 Citizenship: "How can cross-border citizens’ and territorial inclusion be promoted".
RT4 Resilience: "The Jura mountains: what are the (re)sources of recovery and adaptation?".
Alongside the MOT’s President, Christian Dupessey, and many local elected representatives,3 participants include the MEP/MPs Isabelle Rauch (Moselle) and Annie Genevard (Doubs), and Philippe Voiry, ambassador for border issues (France).
1 They can be watched in person or remotely.
2 See page 3: European Committee of the Regions resolution and publication of a report by the European Commission on cooperation and cross-border living areas.
3 Anne Vignot, Mayor of Besançon and President of the Greater Besançon Metropolis, Cédric Bole, Mayor of Morteau and President of the Val de Morteau Community of Municipalities, Philippe Alpy, Vice-President of the Doubs Department, Pierre Vaufrey, President of the Doubs Urban Conurbation and Deputy Mayor of Morteau, Catherine Barthelet, President of the Besançon Centre Franche-Comté Urban-Planning Agency.
Photo : Footbridge over the River Doubs