Workshop on EGTCs in Germany:



 

On 11th July 2019 the Euroregion Pomerania invited its members to a workshop illustrating the state-of-art of the policy tool of the “European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation” (EGTC) in Germany.

Introduced by the European Commission in 2006, EGTCs aim to facilitate and promote territorial cooperation by creating an entity with legal personality which is composed by a representation from at least two member states. The international nature of EGTCs enables them to cooperate more efficiently and ensures a fair representation of European values within its territory. For these reasons, EGTCs are object of the proposed regulation for the Multiannual Financial Framework of the European Union for 2021-2017. The European Commission suggests that only cross-border structures with a legal personality should be in charge of the management of so called “Small Project Funds” and “People-to-People Projects” – and EGTCs could serve as a tool to comply with the regulation.

Should the proposal become mandatory, the impact on many organisations such as euroregions which are currently implementing many of these projects would be substantial. In order to adapt to such potential change, the Euroregio Pomerania has launched an internal discussion to inform its members about future chances to continue work in the framework of European projects fostering cross-border cooperation.

The Presidents of the Euroregion Pomerania Krzysztof Soska and Dr. Alexander Badrow greeted the many participants and thanked AEBR’s Secretary General Martin Guillermo Ramirez, Frédéric Siebenhaar from the EGTC Pamina and Florence Jacquey from the EGTC of the Greater Region for having come to Szczecin to contribute to the discussion with their experience in setting up an EGTC.

Paweł Bartnik, Secrerary of the Euroregion Pomerania, reminded about the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Euroregion. The event is not only a great occasion to remind past successes and assess the synergic relation built between Poland and Germany. The anniversary  could serve as moment to set new goals and reinforce the contract holding the Euroregion together. In this perspective, it is worth to look at the possibilities offered by the European Union, and in particular at the EGTC.

Ensuing an analysis of the status-quo of the Euroregion Pomerania and of the legal possibilities offered by the external consultants Sven Friedrich and Dr. Marcin Krzymuski, Mr Guillermo Ramirez put forward a general consideration of chances euroregions have at disposal to implement cross-border cooperation instances and to develop further in the future in accordance with the European framework. Mr Siebenhaar and Ms Jacquey informed about the composition of the EGTCs they work for, explaining the procedure they applied and the motives they had to make this decision.

A participated discussion among the participants followed, where everyone showed their interest in developing further the question to ensure a thorough practice of cross-border cooperation which best benefits German and Polish citizens in the Euroregion.

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