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Beyond the public consultations that have been launched, the European Commission also seeks to be involved in the field in order to overcome cross-border obstacles.

If cross-border cooperation is an opportunity, and despite the existing European programs, several barriers still prevent its satisfactory implementation: that is the observation that has led the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG-Regio) to meet and discuss with many cross-border operators, all over Europe.

On Friday, September 25th, in the Métropole Européenne de Lille (MEL), a delegation led by Mrs. Andersson Pench, Director of Territorial Co-operation, Macro-regions and North-West Europe in the DG Regio, thus came to listen to the testimonies and experiences of socio-economical eurometropolitan operators who are in tune with the reality of the situation on the ground. Damien Castelain, Vice-President of the Eurometropolis Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai, welcomed them and briefly presented the territory.

Training, jobs and mobility

In spite of the progresses made in the last few years, the discussions touched on the "obstacle race" that the cross-border worker must face and the need to better inform job-seekers from both sides of the border: in regards to the accessibility and visibility of the available training courses, language learning, rights and financial support ...

When it comes to training, the Civil Society brought up the idea of making the Eurometropolis an "experimental zone" for cross-border block release training. The aim is to remove the existing obstacles, especially the legal ones, to enable a  exchange of good practices between the three regions.

Finally, concerning mobility, discussions focused on the ambition to create an integrated-ticketing system working for both Belgium and France: an idea that brings its fair share of technical constraints but which is currently explored. It was also said that traffic between the two countries can still be complicated by connexion issues between means of transportation (especially trains).

Based on this feedback, which will keep on growing during the forthcoming year thanks to the participation of every European border region, the DG Regio wishes to edit in early 2017 a summary with solution proposals to counter the existing blockages. Eventually, this initiative could become a tool to rally politicians in the hopes of a better cross-border coopreation.

In the meantime, the European Commission has made available online a document which looks back on the history of European cross-border cooperation: an interesting tool to be made aware of the road travelled so far (and the road still ahead!).

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