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Cross-border public services – developments and insights [ESPON CPS 2.0], Vasa, 16 June 2022

On 16 June, AEBR and Spatial Foresight organized the final event of the CPS 2.0 project, aimed to continue identifying Cross-Border Public Services in the EU and pre-accession countries.

AEBR and Spatial Foresight, with the collaboration of the Council of Ostrobothnia, organized the final event of the ESPON CPS 2.0 project. This ESPON project, implemented by Spatial Foresight with the collaboration of AEBR, MOT and other stakeholders, has identified further CPS at EU/EEA internal borders and EU-Pre-accession ones, building on the previous ESPON CPS targeted analysis in 2018-2019. More than 1,500 CPS have been identified between the first and second ESPON projects.

The event started on Thursday, 16 June 2022, at 16:00 (Finnish time), moderated by Sandra Spūle, Spatial Foresight, while her colleague Sabine Zillmer also intervened through online connection. Both explained the  metholodogy and outputs of this CPS 2.0 ESPON study:

CPS are described further through a more complex set of indicators, and the Commission announces an online platform where all CB structures, obstacles, CPS and more will be integrated.

Mats Brandt, Regional Mayor Council of Ostrobotnia, welcomed the participants, and Mathias Lindström, Director of the Kvarken Council EGTC (FI/SE), showcased the CB ferry from Vaasa to Umeå as an iconic CPS in the region.

Andreea Chiina, from ESPON EGTC and Ricardo Ferreira, Border Focal Point at DG REGIO, gave keynote speeches, stressing the importance of CPS from the research and policymaking points of view.

Michael Dejozé, Managing Director of the Euregio Meuse-Rhine EGTC (BE/DE/NL), showcased the Grensinfopunkt, a crucial information tool for CB commuters but also for the general population during the pandemic. And Ana Belén López Tárraga, from Duero-Douro EGTC (ES/PT), showcased Efiduero, an initiative to secure energy in a sparse populated cross-border area.

Pavel Branda, AEBR Vicepresident, Chair of the CBC Intergroup at the CoR and CoR Rapporteur on CPS commented on this project and the general approach of the EU to CPS. Ricardo Ferreira and AEBR SG closed the event.

Here you can find the ESPON CPS 2.0 Final Report.

This was the final agenda of the event, including links to the presentations:


16:00 – 16:20


Mats Brandt, Regional Mayor, Council of Ostrobothnia, welcomed on-site and online participants, highlighting 160 companies operating at the Vaasa Technology Cluster.

Mathias Lindström, Kvarken Council, showcased various services in the region, such as the Kvarken ferry (Midway Alignment), Nordic Battery Belt Logistics and FAIR (electric aviation)


16:20 – 16:30

16:30 – 16:40

Keynote speeches

Andreea China, ESPON EGTC (online), CPS in Europe, updating & upgrading the inventory

Ricardo Ferreira, DG Regio (online) CB Public Services to Boost Growth and Cohesion in EU Border Regions


16:40 – 16:55

The conceptual framework of CPS

Spatial Foresight – dialogue between Sandra Spūle (Q) and Sabine Zillmer (A), Presentation

16:55 – 17:00 Showcasing 1st CPS – Grensinfopunkt, Michael Dejozé, Euregio Meuse Rhine
  Feedback round & discussion (Q&A by participants)

17:10 – 17:25

ESPON CPS 2.0 inventory: updates & visualisation

Spatial Foresight – dialogue between Sandra Spūle (Q) and Sabine Zillmer (A)

17:25 – 17:30 Showcasing 2nd CPS – Efiduero energy, Ana Belén López Tárraga, Duero-Douro EGTC
17:30 – 17:40 The point of view of local and regional authorities, Pavel Branda, CoR Rapporteur on CPS, Chair of the Committee of the Regions’ Cross-border Cooperation Intergoup and AEBR Vice President
  Feedback round & discussion (Q&A by participants)

17:50 – 18:00


Next steps: Ricardo Ferreira, DG Regio

This is a new and better definition of CPS, the current CPS inventory, and a very brief survey to identify new CPS to be added to the inventory.

And this is the interim report (March 2022). The draft final report has been submitted, but it has not been approved yet.

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