On June 15 and 16, the participants in the cross-border cooperation met in Reims to discuss local, regional, national and European matters of the cross-border projects.
While negotiations for the cohesion policy of 2014-2020 are set to begin soon, the participants in the territorial cooperation met on June 15 and 16 in Reims at the general meeting of the Mission Transfrontalière Opérationnelle (MOT the cross-border operational mission). « The MOT's main concern is to ensure that cross-border cooperation is recognised, upheld and strengthened in the new European cohesion policy for 2014-2020 », MOT president Michel Delebarre declared.
Michel Delebarre also emphasised the need to « promote a multi-level governance of cross-border issues ». Today, the cross-border territories and the European level have been mobilised to ensure the success of the European Union. The priority is thus to increase the scope of involvement of the States on both side of the borders.
As regards the Interreg funding, reflection will be undertaken to ensure it is connected to the other European programmes during the next planning period. Philippe Suinen, director general for Wallonie-Bruxelles International, underlined that this funding was of significant importance for the development of cross-border projects.
The two days of discussions also allowed for other subjects to be broached: the implementation of the approaches for observing the cross-border territories, the need to inform the elected officials about the concrete projects of cooperation, and the interest in defining strategies for economic development adapted to every territory, for dissemination of information to the citizens and for getting the citizens to participate, etc