A better Territorial Cooperation for an ever closer Union :

Objective 3: a challenge for territorial cooperation - the future agenda for cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation - AEBR Secretary General Martín Guillermo Ramírez Keynote Speaker at a Hearing of the European Parliament's Committee on Regional Development (30 November 2010, Brussels)

 

The AEBR Secretary General took part as keynote speaker, together with Prof. Charles Ricq (European Observation Center of Regions, Geneva), in the exchange of views at the European Parliament’s REGI Committee “A better Territorial Cooperation for an ever closer Union”. Under the presidency of Mrs. Danuta Hübner, Chairwoman of the REGI Committee, the working document on “Objective 3: a challenge for territorial cooperation – the future agenda for cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation” was presented by MEP Marie-Thérèse Sanchez-Schmid. You can find this working document under: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meetdocs/2009_2014/documents/regi/dt/836/836544/836544en.pdf

Recording of AEBR Secretary General Presentation:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/wps-europarl-internet/frd/vod/player?eventCode=20101130-1500-COMMITTEE-REGI&language=en&byLeftMenu=researchcommittee&category=COMMITTEE&format=wmv#anchor1

Prof. Ricq’s presentation, dealing meanly with the interest of border areas a micro-spaces for integration, the need to take into account every border region’s specificity, some examples of experimental cross-border clusters, and issues related to identity.

 

The AEBR concentrated its intervention on the following topics:

-         CBC should keep its role within Territorial Cooperation Objective after 2013, as all European border areas still need EU support.

-         General strategies for macro-regions, like the Baltic Sea or the Danube area, seems to be good proposals to coordinate national efforts for a harmonized development of certain areas participated by many national countries, in a new format for Transnational Cooperation, but no specific funds should be allocated for them. They are “strategies” and no new structures should be created in this framework.

-         EGTCs are laboratories for Multilevel Governance, as it has been the case of CBC during decades. They are not a new administrative level, neither it has own competences. They can receive delegated tasks from the different levels.

-         The role of the national level in the management of EGTCs is still to be clarified. Even this “new generation” instrument is affected by legal and administrative asymmetries which met at the borders.

-         At the external borders of the EU, the limitation of participating structures from at least to EU Member States is an additional obstacle for the creation of new EGTCs.

 

On the other hand, CoR’s COTER Commission adopted recently a draft Own-initiative Opinion on “New Perspectives for the revision of the EGTC Regulation”, rapporteur: Alberto Núñez Feijoo, President of the Regional Government of Galicia (ES), underlining that this instrument will strengthen the role of regions and CBC. It will assure a most trustworthy legal framework to improve a more reliable operation and funds management. It will also prepare stakeholders to better face the new challenges envisaged by the EU 2014 budget reform, the EU 2020 Strategy and other relevant European frameworks. This opinion is aimed to attract more cohesion funds and to support CBC organizations.

 

Please also find (attached) this e Working Document: http://www.cor.europa.eu/pages/CommissionDetailTemplate_COTER.aspx?view=detail&id=b0cc8d2f-774e-4a99-80b9-05f7cc29f908

 

On the other hand, it is worth mentioning that the CoR has already published the conclusions of the EGTC consultation. You can find this publication in the different EU languages under the following link:

http://portal.cor.europa.eu/egtc/en-US/news/Pages/CdRspublishesEGTCsurveyresults.aspx

 

The CoR already presented the results of this survey during the Open Days 2010 (October), but now we have the written version of this very relevant document, based upon a survey conducted amongst European regions and municipalities (more than 90 answered).

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