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Cross-border cooperation at the heart of the European Week of Regions and Cities 2017

Published the 7 July 2017

Organised every year by the European Committee of the Regions to promote initiatives of local and regional authorities in Europe, the European Week of Regions and Cities 2017 will take place from 9 to 12 October in Brussels. In parallel, many local events across Europe will benefit from the label “European Week of Regions and Cities” in the framework of the Reflecting Europe initiative, aiming at engaging a dialogue with European citizens on their expectations and the future of the European Union.

In this framework, PASSAGE project partners successfully proposed to organise two events around cross-border cooperation on maritime borders, at the heart of which stand European straits:

  • Local event in Tallinn on 6 September – “Connecting people across maritime borders”

Organised by Harju County Government in partnership with Helsinki-Uusimaa Region and Pas-de-Calais County Council, lead partner of PASSAGE project, this meeting will gather political, technical and civil society representatives to debate on a key question: beyond the obstacle that represents the maritime borders, how can we create link between populations on each side of the border?

The meeting will be chaired by Mr Mart Võrklaev, Mayor of Rae municipality (Estonia) and member of the European Committee of the Regions.

More information and registration (open to all, from 10 July to 25 August).

  •  Workshop on 10 October in Brussels – “Regional and intermediate policy makers, drivers for maritime cooperation”

28 years after the launch of Interreg territorial cooperation programmes in Europe, this workshop proposes a state of play of the remaining challenges when it comes to cooperate across maritime borders. How does cooperation benefit to inhabitants of maritime borders? Is physical accessibility the key to strengthen cooperation? What specific role can be played by regional and intermediate policy makers, within and beyond the framework of Interreg programmes covering maritime borders? How can the EU better support local initiatives for integrated approach of maritime borders in the future cohesion policy? Come and join the debate!

Registration is free and open to all from 10 July on the dedicated website (workshop code: 10B50). Watch out! The number of seats is limited.

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