Development of a trans-border water supply network

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    13 February 2020 - updated 1 year ago
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Gintaras Skamaročius
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Gintaras Skamaročius - Kalvarija municipality, LT


The Municipality of Kalvarija, located at the Lithuanian-Polish border, submitted the case “Development of a transborder water supply network” under the II call for proposals of the pilot initiative b-solutions to receive the advice of a legal expert on how to build a joint cross-border network for water.

After having analyzed the current legal frameworks of both countries, Gintaras Skamarocius, the expert contracted by the Association of the European Border Regions and assigned to case, identified the main obstacle to the setting up of such network in a lack of coordination between the two countries.

In particular, in his final report, he points out that current rules don’t envisage specific indications on how to proceed but don’t even forbid to connect the already existing national structures across the border.

The consequent solution proposed is to sign bilateral agreements directly involving the border municipalities as subjects competent for the development and management of water infrastructures in both countries.

To learn more on this Advice Case Skamaročius’ final report is available here.


The information here provided have been developed in the framework of b-solutions, an initiative of the European Comission’s DG REGIO managed by the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR).

The reports here included are the result of a consultation provided by legal/cross-border cooperation experts on obstacles of a legal or administrative nature– referred to as Advice Cases - selected in the framework of the II Call for Proposals of the initiative b-solutions.