Overcoming the remaining obstacles to cross border cooperation: Commission seeks views from citizens
The Commission is launching an EU-wide public consultation on the remaining obstacles to cross border cooperation.
On the occasion of the European Cooperation Day and a week after the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Interreg, the umbrella framework for Regional Policy's cross border cooperation programmes, the Commission is launching an EU-wide public consultation on the remaining obstacles to cross border cooperation.
Numerous legal and administrative borders still exist and add a burden on cross border activities. As a result, a significant economic potential remains untapped in our border regions. With this public consultation, the Commission will be able to take stock of the opinion of 185 million EU citizens living in border regions in regards to the obstacles they are facing in their everyday life and their suggestions on how to overcome them.
Speaking from Vienna where she launched the consultation, Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu said: "More than €10 billion from Cohesion Policy funds will be invested in our regions over 2014-2020 to foster cross border cooperation. But funding is not enough and I believe we can do more. In the course of this mandate the Commission intends to make concrete proposals to solve remaining cross border issues and for this, we need the valuable input of the citizens who are facing these obstacles on a daily basis. I count on many of you not only to take part in the consultation but also to spread the word and encourage citizens, organisations and businesses to respond."
To support her initiative, Commissioner Creţu asked the senior managers of her services in the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy to contribute to this information gathering and to promote, on the ground, the benefits of our Interreg programmes. Between now and mid-October Commission officials will visit eleven border areas across Europe, in order to meet citizens and their representatives and to study best practices.