Under the High Patronage of
Mr Emmanuel MACRON
President of the French Republic

1st BORDERS FORUM

Cross-border territories on the front line ?

9-10 nov 2020

ONLINE ONLY

Organized by

WHAT IS IT ABOUT ?

The new meeting place for cross-border actors

For several decades now, cross-border territories have been described as “laboratories of European integration”, Recent developments in cross-border areas have showed their leading role in European integration.

This first edition of the Borders Forum will be a special meeting place for local, national and European cross-border stakeholders, a place for debating the daily challenges, obstacles and projects of these European territories at a time of a renewed ambition for Europe.

9

COUNTRIES

8

ROUND TABLES

40

SPEAKERS


programme

novembre 9TH

Cross-border territories in Europe
and
The 10th Meeting of the EGTC Plateform

Organised in partnership with the European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions, this first day will address the future of Europe, the need for a “Europe of territories”, and will discuss ways to strengthen cross-border cohesion.

novembre 10TH

Territories on the French border


The second day will be more specifically devoted to cross-border territories on the French borders. A few months after the 2020 French municipal elections, it will highlight and debate with the newly elected political staff, their European counterparts and major private actors.

9h30
Opening

10h00
Overcoming borders,
a major challenge for the future of Europe

11h30
What European tools to implement
an effective cross-border policy ?

9h30
Opening

10h00
Health, digital evolution, climate...
Time for cross-border transitions ?

11h30
Cross-border mobility and attractivity,
back to the borders ?

13h00
Déjeuner

14h30
10 years of the EGTC Plateform,
30 years of INTERREG
outcome and visions for the future

16h00
The Aachen Treaty,
a driving force in Europe ?

17h30
Closure

14h00
Cross-border areas,
differentiated areas ?

15h30
Metropolis, mountain, rural areas :
Which cross-border cohesion ?

17h00
Conclusion

OUR SPEAKERS

Elisa Ferreira

European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms

JACQUELINE GOURAULT

French Minister of Territorial Cohesion and Relations with Local authorities

JEAN ROTTNER

President of the Grand Est Region, France

Apostolos Tzitzikostas

President of the European Committee of the Regions

Anne Sander

Member of the European Parliament

THIERRY MALLET

CEO of Transdev Group, France

And :

Jean Jouzel, Christian Estrosi, Annie Genevard, Claude Turmes, Pia Imbs, Judit Varga, Carlos Moreno, …

SPEAKERS COMMENTS

“Building Europe together means leaving no-one behind. This is particularly important in cross-border regions which are often peripheral with fewer public services. I am determined to ensure we give border citizens and businesses an adequate level of access not only to basic infrastructure and public services, but also to employment, education and healthcare.”

Elisa Ferreira

European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms

“The cooperation among border regions has been strategic during the pandemic and must be strengthened to boost Europe’s recovery and resilience. From health service to smart and sustainable transport, from environmental protection to shared innovation, the joint work of border regions can help pioneer ways to a stronger European integration, focusing on the real needs of citizens and local communities.”

Apostolos Tzitzikostas



President of the European Committee of the Regions

“Europe is lived and built on a daily basis in border regions. Despite the great progress made in the field of cross-border cooperation, the COVID-19 crisis has revealed how borders can quickly become painful again, as well as the need to step up efforts to overcome cross-border challenges. I hope this conference will enable to draw fruitful conclusions and to adopt pragmatic and ambitious measures for the benefit of inhabitants of border regions.

 

Anne Sander

Member of the European Parliament

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