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What is a Cross-Border Cooperation Strategy?

April 2020

What is a Cross-Border Cooperation Strategy?

The Cross-Border Cooperation Strategy first appeared with the French MAPTAM Act of 2014, which affirmed the role of metropolises. It is a strategic coordination document for the French side of the border aimed at enabling cross-border actions. The act provides for its drafting by metropolises that border on a foreign country, in association with "the department, the region and the municipalities concerned".

Not to be confused with a binding planning document, its purpose is to establish a precise framework and to set out the delegation of powers needed for cross-border cooperation for the whole of the French side of the border, while being consistent with the other strategic action plans drawn up by partner territorial authorities.
The MOT is planning to produce a publication on these Cross-Border Cooperation Strategies along France’s borders by autumn 2020.

Loi MAPTAM [FR].

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