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European straits regret that maritime borders have been forgotten in the call for pilot actions "B-Solutions"

A new call for pilot actions “B-solutions” is open to public authorities operating in border regions until 30 April 2018, aiming at solving border obstacles under five themes. Unfortunately, regret European Straits Initiative members, maritime borders are not eligible.

In November 2016, the study launched by the European Commission entitled “Collect solid evidence to assess the needs to be addressed by Interreg cross-border cooperation programmes” was highlighting the specific stakes of 17 maritime borders, including many of the straits represented in the European Straits Initiative. Unfortunately, it seems that these stakes were only marginally taken into account in the publication “Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions” in September 2017.

 

The call for pilot projects “B-solutions” in line with the 2017 roadmap of the European Commission is now limited to terrestrial borders. European Straits Initiative members remind that the objective to solve legal or administrative obstacles is a joint issue for both maritime and land borders and deeply regret the choice of the European Commission to rule out maritime borders from this call. Indeed, the topics covered by the call (employment, health, transport of passengers, multilinguism and institutional cooperation) are topics of daily concern for stakeholders on maritime borders. This is in short the message that has been addressed to Corina Crețu, EU commissioner for regional policy.

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