An event organised in the framework of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union
Cross-border territories: fatalism or resilience?
21-22 June 2022
How should we react to the crises we have been facing for the last 20 years? Should we resign ourselves to a situation where countries turn in on themselves and borders are reduced to mere demarcation lines? Or are we capable collectively of demonstrating resilience, of adapting to an uncertain world, and of regarding borders as shared territories that are sources of progress?
At a time when war has broken out again on Europe’s doorstep, the failures both of closing borders and of opening them up without limits should once again call into question our cross-border model in order to construct a Europe of solidarity.
The first day will be dedicated to the current challenges of European citizenship and belonging, green transition and economic recovery that cross-border territories are facing.
The second day will be dedicated to the organisational solutions that could be brought to the challenges presented the day before.
«In 2020, the Borders Forum took place whilst we were still very affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the particularly serious consequences it had for border populations. This year, the Borders Forum takes place in an even heavier context, with the consequences of war on the European Union’s doorstep, something that none of us could have imagined. I would like the Borders Forum to be the place where we can exchange views on our core European values and reiterate how committed we all are to live in peace, in a Union of democracy and solidarity, across all borders. United in diversity is our motto. Let us remind ourselves of how powerful those words are in cross-border cooperation.»
European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms
«In 2020, despite the difficult situation, the Borders Forum set new standards for events on cross-border cooperation. This year’s programme looks even more interesting and highly relevant, as we finalise our recommendations for the Future of Europe, which must include improvements in cross-border cooperation and in the overall quality of life in border regions. I expect fruitful discussions and a showcase of what border regions can bring to the EU’s development in different policy areas.»
President of the European Committee of the Regions
«I hope the Borders Forum will continue the reflections and work initiated at the first edition, which was a success. And that it will underscore even more the role of respect for borders that bring people together to ensure peace, at a time when we express our solidarity with Ukraine. Bringing together local, national and European actors over two days allows us to share our experiences, but also to begin a new cross-border chapter that will learn, I hope, the lessons of the pandemic. The EU2022FR should help us to make heard the importance of cross-border issues, which should be incorporated into the design of French and European public policy.»
President of the MOT, Mayor of Annemasse, President of the Pôle métropolitain du Genevois français
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