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Structuring of cross-border cooperation - Baïgorry Area

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

Within the framework of the specific agreement on the Basque Country, which is integrated in the area-based strand of the regional and national development plan, the partners have decided to carry out a feasibility study on the construction of a cross-border intercommunal structure at ´Baïgorry´. The area, which is located on the border between the autonomous Community of Navarra and the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department, covers the Baïgorry valley in France, and the Spanish communities of Erro, Baztan and Valcarlos.Following a project request made in the last quarter of 2002, the various partners decided to entrust the project to the Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière (Cross-border Operational Mission) (MOT), which appointed the services of CEDERNA, a local development agency in Navarra, to assist them.


  • French 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)
  • MOT

Project goals

The intercommunal and cross-border structuring of the area should enable cooperation projects to be implemented more easily on the common themes of farming, languages, tourism, culture, sport, hunting, trade and the craft industry.

Target group(s)

Local and tourist population.

Project activities

At the first stage, the study enabled area-based diagnoses to be made in order to more thoroughly take account of the expectations of actors in the area and to make comparisons with other cross-border projects carried out in the Pyrenees. The second stage focused on the definition of cross-border methods for organising the area and led to the resumption of works on the occasion of a one-day seminar for elected representatives, engineers and socio-economic actors. The study thus recommended devising a cooperation convention, with a cross-border conference to bring together those towns in support of it. The cooperation themes concern farming, languages, tourism, culture, sport, hunting, trade and the craft industry.