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The "Espace Pourtalet": from border to symbol of cooperation

November 2014

The "Espace Pourtalet": from border to symbol of cooperation

On 27 October 2014, the two member institutions of the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC), set up in 2011 by the Pyrénées Atlantiques Department and the Government of Aragon, inaugurated the Espace Pourtalet Centre, the first concrete result of the work carried out by the EGTC. Located in a converted former Spanish customs house, this new facility comprises a cross-border snow-clearing centre and a cross-border resource centre.

At a cost of more than €1 million, 65% of the project's financing has come from the POCTEFA programme as part of the "Espalet" project.
The new cross-border facility is designed to give impetus to cultural, tourism and economic projects on either side of the border, with these activities also coming within the EGTC's remit. In place of the border, there is now the work of art entitled "El otro lado-L’autre côté", a symbol of cooperation.
The ground floor of the cross-border resource centre is a space dedicated to welcoming pilgrims and mountain enthusiasts. The first floor consists of a multi-purpose space for exhibitions, seminars and training courses, as well as a tourist information point. The second floor, the building's "technical" area, is given over to the EGTC's headquarters.
The coordination of the teams charged with ensuring the roads are passable in winter is based in the second building, the cross-border snow-clearing facility. In the summer, this multi-purpose building will house different tourist-oriented and cultural events.
The EGTC's activities are ongoing and relate to different areas such as tourism, with the creation of a unique tourist destination in the heart of the Pyrenees, culture, with the setting-up of a cultural industry incubator, and economic development.
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