Newsletter EGTC Platform


ESPON Study on cross-border public services: Call for contributions


The ESPON targeted analysis “Cross-border public services” (CPS) aims at facilitating the preparation of actions for improving the delivery of CPS. The project aims to collect examples from existing CPS across Europe and to map them out.

In order to submit the Inception Report to ESPON by mid-January, the research team would like to receive input from the EGTCs for the first mapping of CPS at EU level, which should come in form of a short information on CPS available in your area, if possible with short information about

  • The type of service
  • The town/city/ place / country where the service is located
  • Information where the service is provided (city, region, country)
  • The target group of the service
  • A web link with more information on the service

More information is not needed at this time as this firs inventory of existing CPS will be complemented by survey results. This EU-wide survey will be launched early 2018.

Please send us your contributions as possible (the best would before Christmas or the latest 6th January 2018). We are aware that there will be a lot of work on your desk by the end of the year.

Please send the documents directly to Frank Holstein ( or Sabine Zillmer (


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The #CohesionAlliance is a coalition of those who believe that EU cohesion policy must continue to be a pillar of the EU's future. The Alliance was created through cooperation between the leading European associations of cities and regions and the European Committee of the Regions.

Its objective is to send a clear message to institutional decision-makers on the importance of securing a strong EU cohesion policy for all regions beyond 2020 and on the integral place that cohesion policy must continue to occupy in the future of the European Union.

From national, regional and local governments to SMEs, NGOs, schools, universities, cultural organisations, anyone who believes in EU cohesion policy is welcome to join the #CohesionAlliance.


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Nova Gorica

EGTC GO kick of event on pilot projects in ITI

28 November, Nova Gorica / Goricia


Experts in the field of cohesion policy, including a Member of the European Committee of the Regions, Mr Adam Karácsony, Rapporteur on CoR Opinion on the EC Communication "Growth and Cohesion in border regions" participated in the panel discussion on the future of cross-border cooperation in the light of the White Paper on Future of Europe. The panellists reflected on cross-border policy, shared their personal experiences, and offered insights on the future EU programming.

In order to emphasize the idea and the importance of the cooperation between Italy and Slovenia, the event was held at the Europe Square, which a public square split between towns of Gorizia (Italy) and Nova Gorica (Slovenia).

The Mayors of Gorizia, Nova Gorica and Šempeter-Vrtojba as well as Mr Robert Golob, President of the EGTC GO and Ms Sara Vito, Councillor for the environment and energy of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia opened the session, greeting the audience.

Simplification of ETC and EGTC eligibility

22 November, Brussels

The CoR, in cooperation with Interact, Europa Decentraal and the European Commission organized a workshop on Simplification of European Territorial Cooperation and EGTC eligibility in EU funded programmes. The workshop took place in Brussels on 22 November 2017.

Following the questionnaire sent to local and regional authorities and INTERREG Management Authorities, the event identified current issues in INTERREG programmes, and made proposals for changes in INTERREG programmes for the period after 2020.

The workshop was in line with the CoR opinion on Simplification of ESIF from the perspective of Local and Regional Authorities adopted in October 2016 which calls for greater flexibility in the simplification process and for specialists to put forward concrete solutions for improving the practical implementation of ESIF. The opinion also recommends that particular attention be paid to facilitating the implementation of European Territorial Cooperation programmes.

The solutions identified by the workshop provided important input into the ongoing COR work streams on simplification of ESI Funds and support the political work of the CoR in this area, possibly feeding into the REFIT process and informing a potential CoR opinion on ETC post-2020.

The findings related to EGTC eligibility will be communicated to the European Commission shortly, and the CoR will ask that any eligibility issues that still exist are removed as soon as possible. The report, summarizing the findings and proposals from this workshop, will be shared with you through this newsletter.

Novi Sad

International Conference “New opportunities in cross-border cooperation in the Balkans”

20 November, Novi Sad, Serbia

​The International Conference “New opportunities in cross-border cooperation in the Balkans” was held on 20th November 2017 in the Assembly of AP Vojvodina, organized by the Central European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives Balkans (CESCI Balkans).

Director of CESCI Balkans Ervin Erős emphasized that the conference focuses on the legal accessibility of Serbia as part of European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) and Euroregional Cooperation Grouping (ECG), with the participation of representatives of the Council of Europe, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR), The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice of Hungary, relevant ministries of the Republic of Serbia, representatives of the Provincial Government and the Assembly of the APV.

Welcoming the participants at the opening of the conference, the President of the Assembly of the Autonomous province of Vojvodina István Pásztor pointed out that the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, at the beginning of February 2016, passed the Law on the confirmation of the European Outline Convention on Transfrontier Co-operation between Territorial Communities or Authorities, known as The Madrid Convention.

In the preamble to this Convention, priority areas of cooperation are regional, urban, rural development, environmental protection, improvement of public services and mutual assistance in emergency situations. “These are practical goals, whose accomplishment brings prosperity to citizens” Pastor said, adding that this Convention represents a framework for establishing and strengthening bilateral and trilateral forms of cooperation. President Pastor also pointed out that, as a next step, the legislation needs to be adopted compatibly with the Convention, which would become part of the legal system, establishing the right of local authorities to participate in cross-border projects and providing the possibility of financing the realization of these projects.

Hajnalka Juhász, head of the ministerial cabinet, Ministry of Justice, Hungary, said that such conferences contribute to raising awareness about the importance of cross-border cooperation. She mentioned that Hungary was among the first countries of the European Union that joined the EGTC, and that a lot of efforts has been made to adjust the legal procedure, so that the processes of cross-border cooperation could be carried out smoothly, and that this work was done in cooperation between lower and national levels of government. She emphasized that these processes will contribute to the empowerment and acceleration of European integration of Republic of Serbia.

The conference was attended by the Vice-Presidents of the APV Assembly Snezana Sedlar and Aleksandar Djankovic, and the participants were also welcomed by the Ambassador Slobodan Vukcevic, Head of Department for neighboring countries and Southeast Europe at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia.

During the initial panels, the Head of the Council of Europe Office in Belgrade, Tim Cartwright, the Secretary General of the Association of European Border Regions, Martín Guillermo Ramírez, and the coordinator of the EGTC Platform Slaven Klobučar addressed the panel. Tim Cartwright emphasized the importance of cross-border cooperation in the everyday life of citizens, while Slaven Klobučar presented the topic of the European grouping of territorial cooperation to participants of the conference. He pointed out that more than 1/3 EU citizens living in the bordering regions often encounter obstacles, whether it is finding a job, accessing healthcare, everyday travel, or overcoming administrative problems, and that a lot has been achieved in cross-border cooperation in Europe. He presented the EGTC as an instrument of cross-border cooperation with main benefits such as: permanence and stability, long-term strategic vision and less administration.

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