The MOT network's initial assessment of the crisis in cross-border territories: "Never again!"September 2020
The network of the Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière (MOT) met in Colmar on 8-9 September, at the invitation of the Haut-Rhin Department, to elect its new President: Christian Dupessey, Mayor of Annemasse and First Vice-President of Annemasse Agglo.
Over two days, players in cross-border territories from all of France’s borders, participating in person or remotely, shared their experiences during meetings of the association’s bodies,1 working groups2 and a conference on the topic "Cross-border cooperation: impacts of Covid-19".
Having gone through an unprecedented health crisis, accompanied by an often very sudden closing of their borders, they all emphasised "the shock" they experienced and "the urgent need" to put in place better cooperation between players with respect to cross-border issues.
Robert Herrmann, former President of the Strasbourg Eurometropolis, did not hide his emotion in handing over responsibility for this border that is dear to him: "This year has been marked by an unprecedented crisis that has revealed the interdependence of our territories. We must start from the territories, from the people who live Europe day by day, in order for it to move forward."
Watch the video "Plus jamais ça ! Les territoires se mobilisent pour plus d'Europe" [FR].
Read the press release [FR] – See all of the discussions on video.
Read the brochure "La crise du Covid-19 aux frontières : retours d'expérience du réseau de la MOT" [FR].
Read the editorial of Christian Dupessey, new President of the MOT, Mayor of Annemasse and First Vice-President of Annemasse Agglo
1 The association’s bodies elected the new Board, and approved the activity report [FR], financial report and 2020 work programme. More info on the MOT’s website [FR].
2 Three working groups: "Metropolitan Cooperation", "Cross-Border Governance" and "Territorial Solidarity". More info [FR].
Photo: Département du Haut-Rhin