Expertising Governance for Transfrontier Conurbations - "EGTC" Project

Countries: Germany, France, Switzerland, Slovakia, Poland, Belgium, Hungary, Spain, Portugal
Border(s): Germany-Poland, Germany-Switzerland, Portugal-Spain, France-Germany, France-Belgium, France-Switzerland, Hungary-Slovakia,
Strasbourg-Ortenau Eurodistrict, Ister-Granum, Basel Trinational Eurodistrict, Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropolis, Esztergom-Štúrovo, Chaves-Verín Eurocity, Frankfurt (Oder)–Słubice,
European programme(s):
- Cross-border conurbations
- Cross-border governance
- Legal instruments

Lead partner: Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière (MOT)

Led by MOT between October 2008 and May 2010 and co-financed by the European URBACT programme, the EGTC project worked on the promotion of innovative governance tools in a panel of cross-border agglomerations. Whereas some cross-border conurbations are quite in advance in the governance process, other ones, especially from the new Member States, need good practices as model, to be adapted to their own context.


  • Basel for the Trinational Eurodistrict Basel (F/D/CH)
  • the Urban Community of Strasbourg for the Eurodistrict of Strasbourg-Ortenau (D/F)
  • Słubice for the agglomeration Frankfurt (Oder)-Slubice (D/PL)
  • Lille Metropole for the Eurometropole Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai (F/B)
  • Esztergom for the Euroregion Ister-Granum (HU/SVK)
  • Chaves for the Eurocidade Chaves-Verin (S/PT)

Project goals

The “EGTC” project aimed to enable stakeholders of urban development in cross-border conurbations to exchange on governance methods regarding any kind of projects, strategies (from observation, urban planning, operational projects to cross-border integrated urban strategies), different legal tools (cross-border convention, common structures, public and private partnerships…), and to identify concrete results, success and failure, so as to improve cross-border cooperation (institutionally, legally, financially…).

Further information

Target group(s)

Local authorities, government departments, European institutions and programmes and, more widely, all stakeholders in cross-border cooperation.

Project duration

2008 - 2010