The environment, resources and waste
AT LOCAL LEVEL
- Towards joint management of the cross-border environment in the different sectors concerned
- On the basis of a shared conception of the territory’s development (among elected representatives and with the local population), establish cross-border ownership for the joint management of projects by the local authorities and players, with a legal framework (agreement, structure like the EGTC, etc.).
- Finding financing mechanisms for cross-border investments and supporting them by regional, national and European co-financing (Interreg programmes, ERDF, EAFRD or EMFF), possibly provided jointly (integrated territorial investment, local development, etc.).
- The environment: a component in the sustainable development of cross-border territories
Developing environmental governance for the different types of cross-border territories (urban, rural, river and marine basins, mountain ranges, etc.) by putting in place:
- shared observation (SGI, etc.),
- exchanges of information between the relevant players (local authorities, government departments, research centres, etc.) notably regarding regulatory and technical frameworks,
- coordination and planning at local cross-border level (cross-border Agenda 21 initiatives), involvement of elected representatives, and awareness-raising and participation of citizens and businesses.
AT REGIONAL AND NATIONAL LEVEL
- Towards multi-level governance of the environment in cross-border settings
- Supporting local authorities, notably at regional level, in carrying out their responsibilities with respect to the cross-border environment.
- Organising coordination by border at the higher levels (regional and national) through bi-/multi-lateral agreements, with the involvement of local authorities.
- Coordinating, adapting and harmonising national and regional legal and technical legislation and regulation in the environmental domain in accordance with the needs of cross-border areas.
AT EUROPEAN LEVEL
- Ensuring European support for the cross-border environment, a factor for European integration
- Adapting the European framework (EU legislation and initiatives relating to the environment) to take account of the specific needs of cross-border areas (for example change the Water Directive to provide for cross-border sub-basin plans).
- Developing methodologies and harmonising data (Inspire, etc.).
- Continuing support for cross-border cooperation (cohesion policy).
- Facilitating building on and transfer of experience between cross-border territories in the area of the environment.