AEBR, MOT and CESCI sign the "Strasbourg Declaration"

October 2021

AEBR, MOT and CESCI sign the "Strasbourg Declaration"

"Maintaining cross-border cooperation at the heart of the European project" is the ambition of the "Strasbourg Declaration", signed on 7 October 2021, in Strasbourg, by the three founding partners of the European Cross-Border Citizens' Alliance.

Placed under the auspices of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, this signature aims at affirming the commitment of AEBR (Association of European Border Regions), MOT (Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière) and CESCI (Central European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives) to establish "ever closer cooperation […] to preserve what has already been achieved along the internal and external borders of the EU and to facilitate their further development".

As set out in the first article of the Declaration: "The unprecedented outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 led national governments to apply certain measures with a view to protecting their citizens. These measures lacked coordination and had a devastating impact on the primary achievement of the EU: free movement. These measures had a particularly harmful effect on the lives of border citizens, many of them cross-border commuters, and on the health and social institutions in which they worked."

The press release
The Declaration
Infos on the Council of Europe's website

This signing took place on the sidelines of the research seminar entitled "The model of the Franco-German border – Reconciliation, cooperation, integration", organised by the Jean Monnet FRONTEM network, the aim of which was to study the Franco-German border as a place of reconciliation and a model for European integration. The MOT contributed actively to it. More info

Publication of a Franco-German manifesto

At this research seminar organised by the FRONTEM network, a “Manifesto on the future of cross-border cooperation in Europe”, addressed to France’s presidency of the EU, and to the Conference on the Future of Europe, was published. More info

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