On 3-4 February 2021, the European Committee of the Regions has adopted an own opinion proposed by rapporteur Pavel Branda (CZ/ECR), Vice-President of AEBR, on Cross-border Public Services (CPS) in Europe.
The objectives of the opinion are twofold: raising awareness about the need for a better legal framework for the management of cross-border public services, addressing the needs of European citizens living in border regions; and calling for the adoption of the Commission’s proposal of a European Cross-Border Mechanism (ECBM) which could greatly facilitate cross border public services and lies blocked in the Council.
This Opinion calls on Member States and regions with legislative powers to establish permanent, cross-administration national CB contact points, to exchange experiences, discuss specific challenges in particular borders, coordinate the implementation of the acquis communautaire, and remove border obstacles.
This Opinion also looks at the smaller budget for CBC in the next MFF, calling on Member States to jointly allocate part of their additional resources within REACT-EU to CBC programmes, helping an efficient restart and strengthening of CBC after the COVID-19 crisis, including support to develop CPS or sanitary corridors.
The opinion entails policy recommendations addressing European, national, regional and local authorities, urged to work together according to the partnership principle. These recommendations include:
The CoR plans a long-term vision of the future of cross-border cooperation in the European Union and request for legislation that would guarantee minimum standards for cross-border cooperation.Back to overview