OPEN DAYS 2015 – The other workshops to which the MOT contributedOctober 2015
- "The need for specific legal provisions in border areas"
Workshop of the Luxembourg presidency
14/10/2015 [11:15-13:00] - Code: 14A05
Organised by Luxembourg, a workshop was devoted to the need for specific legal provisions for border areas. It was notably an opportunity to present the tool proposed by the Grand Duchy within the framework of its presidency of the EU Council, which would enable local and regional authorities in the European Union's border regions to propose their respective Member States a legal framework that applies to the implementation of a specific cross-border project. The objective is in particular to resolve difficulties linked to the application of standards, such as in the extension of a tramline on the other side of a border (where the country concerned could apply the standards of the other country) or to have a specific legal framework (that could govern the EGTC's activities). It may be recalled that the MOT is assisting the Luxembourg presidency regarding the question of the tools and policies to be implemented to remove obstacles to cooperation. In this context, an analysis of the identification of obstacles was carried out by the MOT.
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- "Filling the data gap in border regions: the importance of developing meaningful cross-border data for policy making and programme management"
Workshop of the European Commission
14/10/2015 [11:15-13:00] - Code: 14C16
DG REGIO organised a workshop on the production of cross-border statistics. Having presented the initiatives undertaken by the MOT, which has been working for several years for greater recognition of cross-border observation, Olivier Denert, the MOT's Secretary-General, recalled the vital need for consolidated statistical data for border regions in order to adapt public policies to the needs of cross-border territories. The experiences of observation in the Öresund region (Denmark/Sweden) and the Netherlands were also presented. Lastly, a representative of Eurostat recalled that in order to obtain up-to-date cross-border data the political will of governments is more necessary than ever.
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- "Cross-border urban integration: European groupings of territorial cooperation in twin cities and cross-border agglomerations"
Workshop of the European Commission
14/10/2015 [14:00-17:00] - Code : 14C15
Jean Peyrony, the MOT's Director-General, spoke at a workshop organised by DG REGIO on the urban integration of cross-border conurbations and the European tools available to these territories. The MOT's presentation focused particularly on the results of the "EGTC" project, co-financed by the URBACT programme, of which it was the lead partner in 2008-2010. This helped to set up a network of seven conurbations in Europe around questions of cross-border governance and involvement of civil society. There were contributions at the workshop from some localities, such as Chaves-Verin and Frankfurt-Slubice that were partners in this project, which enabled them to considerably strengthen their cross-border relations. The Eurocity Chaves-Verin has even just won the "Regio Star" prize for the best European urban cooperation project for its "Eurocity-dweller card" which gives access to public services on either side of the border. The issue of creating networks of cross-border conurbations is therefore more topical than ever.
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