Conseil des Elus du Pays Basque
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64100 Bayonne
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+33 (0)5 59 25 38 90


Creation of a cross-border intermunicipal structure - Xareta Area

Countries: Spain, France
Border(s): France-Spain-Andorra,
Territory of the Basque Eurocity,
- Culture
- Natural and rural areas
- Tourism
- Cross-border governance
- Legal instruments

The Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière (Cross-border Operational Mission) (MOT) has been approached to carry out a feasibility study in order to construct a cross-border intermunicipal structure in the rural area of Xareta, located on the Franco-Spanish border between the Department of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques and the Autonomous Region of Navarra (the villages of Ainhoa, Sare, Urdazubi-Urdax and Zugarramurdi). The study, which was carried out in 2003 in the context of the specific Agreement on the Basque Country, presented its findings by proposing a legal framework for Xareta, with the introduction of an ´association loi 1901´, or conventional agreement, belonging to French law, the flexibility of which enables the recruitment of employees, the integration of institutions from different countries and the management of a common bank account.


- Government-Conseil régional d´Aquitaine (the Regional Council of Aquitaine)
- Conseil général des Pyrénées-Atlantiques (the Departmental Council of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques)
- Conseil des élus du Pays basque (the Council of elected representatives of the Basque Country)

Project goals

The overall aim of the project is to enable cross-border measures to be implemented more effectively in the area.

Target group(s)

The village population.


Project activities

Introducing excursions around Chemins de Saint-Jacques
Revitalising the monastery of Urdax
Creating a trilingual school
Creating a local radio stationIntroducing refuse collection
Coordinating an emergency medical network
Promoting the area through an annual "Xareta Eguna" event