25 February 2016: AEBR Forum of Border and Cross-Border Regions in Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Austria

Location: Konzil Konstanz (Bodenseeregion, Deutschland)

Thursday, 25th February 2016

Forum of border and cross-border regions, Austria-Germany-Liechtenstein-Switzerland

Venue: Konstanz, Bodensee

A meeting between cross-border cooperation structures and authorities from border regions in the area between Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland to deal with:
• Challenges and opportunities for cross-border cooperation (CBC) in the Alpine Area (with a focus to AT/CH/DE/LI).
• Other obstacles for CBC from the legal and administrative point of view.
• Overview of current challenges for CBC in Europe: implementation of new programs 2014-2020 in a new time for border regions: refugees, new vision on Schengen, Swiss-EU relationship.
• Possible solutions and future perspectives through lobbying and networking. The role of the AEBR.

12.00-13.00 Reception
13.00-14.30 Session 1: Opening and Overview of CBC in the Alpine area with a focus on the Swiss-German-Austrian-Liechtenstein area
Ann-Sofi Backgren, 1st Vice-President of the AEBR, Regional Council of Ostrobotnia (FI)
Klaus-Dieter Schnell, Secretary General, Internationale Bodensee Konferenz
Martín Guillermo Ramírez, Secretary General, AEBR
Florian Schmid, Director, Society for the Promotion of Cross-Border Cooperation (GFGZ)
Manuel Friesecke, Director, Regio Basiliensis

Participants coming from the Land Baden-Württemberg, German districts, the Swiss Government, several Swiss border cantons, regional governments in Austria, cross-border structures in the region, including Liechtenstein, etc., will be invited to react to the presentations, show their views about current challenges, and any other issue they consider relevant to the discussion.

14.30 - 15.00, Coffee break and Networking
15.00 - 17.00, Session 2: Current Challenges for CBC in Europe and the Role of the AEBR.
Martín Guillermo Ramírez, Secretary General AEBR, General presentation AEBR
Peter Hansen, Euregio Sonderjylland-Schleswig, AEBR Task Force CB Labour Market
Rudolf Godesar, AEBR Task Force Cross-Border Culture (T4CBC)
Kaspar Sammer, Euregio Bayerischer Wald-Böhmerwald, Unterer Inn
Johannes Moisio, Task Force External Borders (TFEB)

AEBR members and all participants, will be invited to open a discussion about main issues.

17.00 - 17.30, Summary and closing

Tagungsort / Venue / Lieu:

Konzil Konstanz
Hafenstraße 2
D-78462 Konstanz
Tel: 07531-21221 Fax: 07531-17467