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Resilient Borders – CB crisis management & spatial planning

AEBR signed a contract last December with the European Commission’s DG REGIO to select ten pilot cases to elaborate plans for CB crisis management; and another set of ten cases for CB spatial planning. AEBR and MOT cooperate in this project.

The Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) manages, in partnership with the Mission Operationnelle Transfrontalière (MOT), a new initiative promoted by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional & Urban Policy (DG REGIO): Resilient Borders – Cross-Border Spatial Planning and Crisis Management Pilot Actions.

The general objective of Resilient Borders is to identify and promote sustainable methods of developing resilient border regions through cross-border spatial planning and crisis management. To achieve the objective, 20 pilot actions will be selected to receive financial support to prepare joint cross-border spatial planning or crisis management plans.

The project started on 1 January 2024, and the first call for participation will be launched in the spring of 2024.

Background Information

Resilient borders. Cross-Border Spatial Planning and Crisis Management Pilot Actions (Grant Agreement 2022CE160AT316) is promoted by DG REGIO in the framework of its set of initiatives under the umbrella of the “Cross-Border Crisis Response Integrated Initiative (CB- CRII)”. It is coordinated by AEBR and implemented in cooperation with the MOT.

The action runs for 24 months, and the total budget of the action amounts to 1,052,631.58 €.

AEBR and MOT will launch two calls for proposals to distribute sub-grants of up to 40,000 € for 20 cases to be selected to implement pilot actions.

Eligible actors are:

  • Local and regional authorities in border regions of the 27 EU countries and EFTA;
  • public entities (national, regional, local) from border regions of the 27 EU countries and EFTA;
  • Cross-border entities (EGTCs, Euroregions and similar CB structures with legal personality, can also apply (even if they are not public bodies).

Beneficiaries can organise different types of activities:

– preparing a study, roadmap, memorandum, draft agreement, protocol, an inventory/database (data collection), testing phase/experiments, etc.

-organising consultations, study/field visits, meetings, workshops (rooms, equipment, translation/interpretation, catering, travel costs), etc.

-disseminating and promoting the pilot action through communication campaigns, modules, etc.


Spatial Planning cases will focus on creating or strengthening an integrated approach embedded in multi-level governance. The aim is to develop bunches of cross-border public services that coherently address the cross-border area concerned with supporting territorial cohesion and alignment of sectoral and territorial policies on both sides of the border.

Crisis Management cases will aim to set up or improve a joint reaction to different types of crises (pandemic, environmental, security, natural disasters, migration, terrorist attacks…) that impact border regions and require the coordinated action of national, regional and local authorities across borders.


Expected results of the action:

  • the involvement of local and regional authorities and representatives of cross-border territories and structures in the call(s) for proposals by the end of September 2024;
  • the successful implementation of 20 pilot actions by September 2025;
  • the implementation of a successful campaign to raise knowledge and awareness of viable methodologies to develop governance and resilience of cross-border territories by December 2025.


To successfully implement this action, AEBR needs to involve effectively its target audiences: local and regional authorities and cross-border cooperation actors (euroregions, EGTCs, etc).


AEBR will disseminate more information regarding this action in March 2024. For more information, contact AEBR’s team at

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