“EU-Latin America collaboration on cross-border cooperation in the framework of Regional Policy", fourth Information Session, implemented from 20 May until 6 June 2013:


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AEBR successfully implemented a fourth Information Session (IS-IV) in the framework of the project “EU-Latin America collaboration on cross-border cooperation in the framework of Regional Policy", which is commissioned and funded by the European Commission under the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy.

            From May 20th - June 6th, 2013, AEBR received 9 Latin American officials from different border areas in the Andean and Amazon regions, under the recommendations of the Andean Community (Comunidad Andina, http://www.comunidadandina.org/) and the Federal Government of Brazil. They made a study visit to learn on the ground about several European border region models. AEBR welcomed the Latin American representatives from border regions of Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, and Brazil, and the Federal Government of Brazil, on May 21st, in Maastricht, where they learned about the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion and its significance in cross-border cooperation (CBC). From there, they went to visit the Limburg regional government. After visiting Aachen and its European significance, they met with the leaders of several key cultural projects of the Great Region in Trier. They also learned about the cities´ historical and locational importance. They travelled to Luxembourg to gain knowledge in regional cooperation, visiting the Greater Region. They next went to Saarbrucken and acquired knowledge about the Sarre-Moselle Eurodistrict.

            After this session, they drove to Strasbourg, visiting on their way several interesting cross-border sites. In Strasbourg they met Ms. Maguelonne Déjeant-Pons, who is a high-ranking civil servant for the Council of Europe. The following day, they travelled to Brussels to visit the European Commission, where they were introduced to Ramón Lopez, DG REGIO, and to representatives of the European External Action Service and DG DevCo. At the Committee of Regions, they met Mr. Alfonso Alcolea of the European Grouping for Territorial Cooperation unit. Next, they had a working meeting with MEP Mr Luis Yáñez.  

In Gent, they met local authorities of the Province of East Flanders as well as representatives of Euregio Scheldemond, at the department of Economics, European and International affairs, in order to discuss about cross-border cooperation and the Andean community, as well as to introduce the EU Latin-America collaboration project about CBC in regards to regional policy. They were also given a presentation on the innovative projects for agriculture and rural development / renewable energy in Scheldemond and were given a tour of the Pilot Plant Europe Bio-base and the Bio-base Training Center. The next day, they visited INAGRO where they observed laboratories and projects related to horticultural history, greenhouse, organic farming, aquaculture in water recycling and bio-gas production. Later, they went to Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropolis., where they were introduced to the work of Eurometropolis, the first EGTC ever (European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation).

Meeting of the delegation with Jesús Gamallo Aller, Director Xeral de Relacións Exteriores e coa Unión Europea, Xunta de Galicia

            In Paris, they participated in a very interesting working session with the Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière (M.O.T.), regarding their experience in proximity CBC and EGTCs. Afterwards, they visited the border area between Spain and Portugal, where they took part in various meetings with e.g. the EGTC Galicia-Norte de Portugal, the Cross-border Cooperation Centre of Enterprises (CECOTRAN, Centro de Cooperación Transfronteriza de los Empresarios), the University of Vigo, the International Iberian Laboratory of Nanotechnology and the Commission for Coordination and Regional Development for the North of Portugal.

The AEBR considers this project, so far, a success and looks forward to welcoming the next part of the project phase, which will be held in September with several seminars and workshops in Latin America.

Click here for the final version of this study visit’s programme.

Download presentations of this study visit (files ordered chronologically):

Wednesday, 22nd May 2013, Maastricht (The Netherlands):

Thursday, 23rd May 2013, Trier (Germany):                                                                                               

Friday, 24th May 2013, Luxembourg and Saarbrucken (Germany):                                                          

Saturday, 25th May 2013, Strasbourg (France):                                                          

Monday, 27th May 2013, Brussels (Belgium):                                                                                             

Wednesday, 29 May 2013, Ghent (Belgium):


Thursday, 30th May 2013, Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai (France, Belgium):                                                          

  • Presentation of the Eurometrópolis by Mr. Stef Vande Meulebroucke, Director of the Eurometrópolis, and Mrs. Griet Noë, in the Agency of the Metrópolis based in Kortrijk

Friday, 31 May 2013, Paris (France):                                                                                                        

Monday, 3rd June 2013, Vigo (Spain):                                                                                                         

Tuesday, 4th June 2013, Vigo (Spain) and Braga (Portugal):                                                                    

Wednesday, 5th June 2013, Porto (Portugal):                                                                                                                                                      

More Information:

Detailed Programme of the Study Visit (ENGLISH)

Programa definitivo de la visita de estudio (CASTELLANO)


Report about the third Study Visit, held from 19 April to 5 May 2013

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