EPP PUBLIC HEARING “European Grouping of Territorial Co-operation: The first four years”:

European Parliament, Room PHS P7C050 Wednesday, 15th September 2010, 15.00-18.30

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15.00 Welcome and introduction

Jan Olbrycht MEP

15.10 Panel 1: 'General viewpoints on the EGTC: Brussels and the capitals on models in governance'

László Surján MEP

Alain Lamassoure MEP, Vice-President of the Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière

Martín Guillermo Ramírez, Secretary-General of the Association of European Border Regions

Michael Schneider, President of the EPP Group in the Committee of the Regions

José Antonio Ruiz de Casas, Programme Manager (EGTC), Unit Territorial Co-operation, DG REGIO

15.50 Question and answer session

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16.20 Panel 2: 'EGTC on the ground: a view from the regions on specific experience and best practices'

Marie-Thérèse Sanchez-Schmid MEP

Alberto Núñez Feijóo, President of the regional government of Galicia, draftsman of the Committee of the Region's opinion on the 'New perspectives for the revision of the EGTC Regulation'

José Luis Pascual, Director-General of the EGTC Duero-Douro

Sören Bollmann, Manager, EGTC Frankfurt(Oder)-Słubice

Joanna Botiuk, Office of the Silesian Regional Government, responsible for EGTC Tritia-Europa

István Ferencsik, Director of the EGTC Ister-Granum

17.40 Question and answer session

18.10 Conclusions: 'The EGTC Regulation in the past, present and future'
Jan Olbrycht MEP


During the first round table, chaired by MEP Laszlo Surjan, with the participation of MEP Jan Olbrycht, Dr. Michael Schneider (EPP, CoR), José Antonio Ruíz de Casas (DG Regio), Mr. Guillermo offered AEBRs' views on the state-or-the-art of EGTCs. From the public, Jesús Gamallo (Galicia) and Dirk Peters (DG Regio) took the floor as well.

 These were main aspects tackled:

- They are laboratories for Multilevel governance, as it has been the case of cross-border cooperation during decades.
- A practical use of subsidiarity to make Territorial Cooperation more efficient, to engage more partners, to last longer.
- EGTCs are not obligatory. Other instruments working properly should be kept.
- No specific funds can be allocated for EGTCs, neither to macro-regions.
- It is not a new administrative level, neither it has competences. It is a heuristic instrument,
- We should pay attention to the role of nation states in EGTCs.
- At the external borders of the EU, the limitation of the participation of structures from at least two EU Member States should be deleted.

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