Working Community of the Pyrenees

Countries: Spain , France , Andorra
Regions concerned: Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie (France);
Autonomous Communities of Aragon, Catalonia, Euskadi (Basque Country), Navarre (Spain);
Principality of Andorra

The Working Community of the Pyrenees (CTP) was created in 1983 on the initiative of the Council of Europe in order to equip the Pyrenean region with a structure for cross-border cooperation. In 1993, this community became an association, and in 2005 transformed into a Consorcio, a legal entity under Spanish public law. This status notably allowed it to become the Managing Authority of the Franco-Spanish cross-border cooperation programme POCTEFA.

The CTP’s main objective is to contribute to the development of the Pyrenean region. It aims to promote exchanges between the territories and the actors spanning the mountain range; to approach local problems in an integrated manner; to look for joint solutions to the identified challenges; and to undertake common and structuring actions of a cross-border scope.

The Working Community of the Pyrenees brings together seven local authorities based along the Pyrenees mountain range. It thus covers 254,680 km² and includes more than 23 million inhabitants (2016-2017). The density is highly uneven: it varies from 25 inhabitants/km² in Aragon to 293 inhabitants/km² in Euskadi.