The Association of European Border Regions AEBR, the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission, the Committee of the Regions and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe in Brussels, invite all stakeholders to participate in a joint conference dedicated to the future of cross-border cooperation in Europe which will take place in Brussels on 12-13th November 2015.
On Thursday, 12 November 2015, the series of joint events will start with the workshop “European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) and European Territorial Cooperation (ETC)”. This workshop is organised in cooperation with the EGTC-Platform of the Committee of the Regions.
On Friday, 13 November 2015, the joint conference of Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission, Committee of the Regions, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and AEBR will kick off at 11.00h the CoR. The main topic of this joint conference is “The Future of Cross-Border Cooperation in Europe”.
During the workshop on EGTCs and ETCs on 12th November we will check the state-of-the-art and perspectives, and the common conference on 13th November will tackle the future of CBC in general, not only with regard to EU programmes, taking into account the above mentioned aspects. The added value of CBC for border regions and for Europe, its contribution to cross-border territorial integration, new opportunities for growth and jobs, a better cooperation with neighbouring States and between third countries, and a better use of future chances (energy, health care, public services, education, modern means of communication, etc.) need to be further elaborated, as well as the elimination of existing obstacles.