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B-SOLUTIONS. Management of pilot projects to tackle border obstacles & difficulties along EU internal borders

ABOUT:

 

Pilot projects analysing actual cases of legal obstacles in
cross-border regions and devising solutions
An initiative nanced by the European Commission (DG REGIO)
and managed by the Association of European Border Regions
(AEBR)
This document lists the dierent cases selected in 2019. Under
this second call for proposals expert technical support was
granted to make a legal assessment of each case and devise a
roadmap for a possible solution.
Pilot projects analysing actual cases of legal obstacles in cross-border regions and devising solutions
An initiative nanced by the European Commission (DG REGIO) and managed by the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR)
This document lists the dierent cases selected in 2019. Under this second call for proposals expert technical support was granted to make a legal assessment of each case and devise a roadmap for a possible solution.
HEALTH
BE-NL: Ambulances without Borders: towards sustainable cooperation between
emergency services
Legal and administrative obstacles prevent access to nearest hospital.
CZ-DE: Cross-border healthcare
EE-LV: Cross-border health care between twin cities Valga - Valka
ES-FR: Speedy mutual recognition of qualifications for heathcare professionals
LT-PL: Development of trans-border water supply network
FR-BE: Cross-border Emergency Medical Services
Legislative obstacles impede patients' and emergencies rescue services' access to nearest
hospital.
EMPLOYMENT:
 
BE-NL: 183 days rule obstructing cross-border mobility
Confusing double tax declaration and social security contributions impact cross-border workers.
 
ES-PT: Double personality in a single reality: working in Portugal and paying taxes in Spain
due to legal and/or administrative impediments
LT-PL: Judicial obstacles in establishment and financing of cross-border business incubator
Lack of legal basis for cross-border business incubator.
DE-NL: Dutch-German cross-border employment of students originally from outside the EU
DE-NL: Cross-border work for non-EU citizens.
Administrative burden hamper cross-border employment of non-EU citizens who are EU residents.
PL-LT: Current social and health insurance regulations as problem for borderland inhabitants
working on both sides of border at the same time. Different formats of national fiscal ID numbers prevent cross-border employment. Lack of flexibility of social and health insurances across the border.
INSTITUTIONAL COOPERATION
 
DE-FR-CH: Making EGTCs more powerful: legal certainty for provision of personnel to
the EGTC. Different legal application of the VAT rules hampers collaboration.
LU-FR-DE: Cross border tourism package
Legal obstacles in selling cross-border tourism package.
LT-PL: Cooperation protocol aimed at simplifying LT-PL cross-border institutional
cooperation in emergency management
Absence of legal basis for fire-rescue cross-border intervention
ES-PT: Simplifying cross-border mobility of minors to carry out cultural or educational
exchanges
Administrative obstacles hamper cross-border school exchanges of minors.
ES-PT; ES-FR: Administrative common barriers blocking real implementation of
environmental management system
Legal differences hamper cross-border transferability of best practices in wine sector
HU-SK: Cross-border share of municipal management services
Legal uncertainty prevent cross-border sharing of technical vehicles.
NL-DE: Improvement of cross-border communication and care for cross-border
children and young people
Contrasting administrative procedures prevent effective child protection
BE-NL: Cross-border transport of CO2 as a resource for industrial processes
Lack of legal clarity prevents construction of cross-border CO2 pipelines for circular economy
ES-PT: Consolidation of the circular economy concerning the WEEE
Unequal environmental criteria hamper sustainable cross-border strategy for
electrical/electronic waste.
RO-BG: Bulgarian-Romanian Institutional Cooperation Constraint - BRICC
FR-DE: Shared cross-border public services: French-German crèches
PT-ES: Join to Protect Children
Differences in national legislations prevent accessibility to master programmes.
Differences in national legislations prevent cross-border kindergarten
Lack of joint procedures hamper support to vulnerable children.
Geo-blocking impeds common cross-border access to culture in users' native language.
BE-DE-NL: Stop geo-blocking! Overcoming discrimination and developing
intercultural competences by providing access to online content across borders
Different building requirements hamper a trilateral cross-border bridge.
CZ-DE-PL: Trilateral bridge in Euroregion Neisse-Nisa-Nysa
National legal framework impeding public transport service with cabotage.
PT-ES: Launch of a regular passenger transport, with cabotage, between Chaves and Verín
TRANSPORT:
PT-ES: MOBITRANS – Boosting Minho River Cross–Border Mobility
Two different legal frameworks hamper joint cross-border public transportation service.
No mutual recognition of the national vignettes for vehicles air pollution.
FR-DE: European solution for a vignette for air pollution control
Different national legislations hinder the setup of cross-border maritime shuttles.
FR-IT: SeaFlix Cross Border Mobility
Differences in legal regulations and taxes hamper cross-border e-bike sharing systems.
DE-BE: Tackling cross-border obstacles regarding E-bike sharing infrastructure
Different legal requirements for cross-border freight trains.
FR-DE: Cross border rail connectivity for the Port of Strasbourg
EGOVERNMENT:
IT-SI: Cross-border e-procurement
Different transpositions of EU Directive hamper cross-border e-procurement.
 
MULTI-LINGUALISM
BE-DE-NL: Stop geo-blocking! Overcoming discrimination and developing
intercultural competences by providing access to online content across borders
Geo-blocking impeds common cross-border access to culture in users' native language.
B-solutions, illustrating the potential of the European Cross-Border
Mechanism !
The European Commission has proposed a draft Regulation
establishing a new legal mechanism (ECBM) to facilitate
implementing solutions for legal obstacles experienced in border
regions.
B-Solutions projects provide an idea of the type of obstacles that
could potentially be addressed by this mechanism.
https://europa.eu/!nT99Mn
FURTHER INFORMATION
Two phases of B-solutions took place. The first was launched in 2018 with 10 selected projects. The second, ran in 2019, supporting the 33 cases listed here. To learn more about these pilot projects, or to share and discuss your experiences on cross-border legal obstacles, please visit the Border
Regions Platform:
https://europa.eu/!cu43mg