Boosting Growth and Cohesion in EU Border Regions, Copenhagen, 16 January 2018

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The European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, is organising, in cooperation with the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Council, with the support of the Danish Parliament, the workshop "Boosting Growth and Cohesion in EU Border Regions", which will take place on 16 January 2018, at the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen.

The aim of the workshop is to engage with all border stakeholders on the 10-point Action Plan adopted by the Commission in its Communication "Boosting Growth and Cohesion in EU Border Regions" The workshop will outline and discuss the Communication's findings on persisting legal and administrative obstacles to border interaction. It will also showcase some existing good practices, start a dialogue on the actions foreseen and agree a common roadmap to work together in the coming months and years.

The workshop will gather about 150 participants with hands-on experience of cross-border interaction, including representatives from national, regional and local authorities as well as stakeholders from border regions in North and North-Western Europe.

Simultaneous interpretation is provided from/to English, French and German.

Programme and presentations

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Moderator: Ms Nathalie Verschelde
Interreg, Cross-Border Cooperation, Internal Borders, DG Regional and Urban Policy

09:00 – 09:30

Welcome Address

  • Mr Bertel Haarder, Member of the Danish Parliament
  • Mr Dagfinn Høybråten, Secretary General, Nordic Council of Ministers

09:30 – 10:15

Keynote Speech – "Boosting EU Border Regions: the way ahead"

  • Ms Lena Andersson Pench, Director, Territorial Co-operation, Macro-regions and Programmes Implementation I, DG Regional and Urban Policy PDF

Q&A session

10:30 – 12:00

Good Practices – Progress is Possible

  • Labour Mobility - Ms Eva Tarselius Hallgren, Chair of the Freedom of Movement Council, Nordic Council of Ministers PDF
  • Joint public services – Ms Birgitta Tamminen, Cross-border Development Specialist, Tornio-Haparanda Municipalities, Finnish-Swedish Border PDF
  • Multilingualism - Mr Roland Theis, State Secretary for Justice and European Affairs and Plenipotentiary for European Affairs of the Land Saarland, French-German Border PDF
  • Information Services - Mr Martin Unfried, Maastricht University (ITEM), Advisor Cross-Border Information Point, Maastricht, German-Dutch Border PDF

Q&A session

13:00 – 15:00

The Importance of Multi-Level Governance

  • The national perspective – Ms Margarita Golovko, Head of the European Territorial Cooperation Unit, Regional Development Department, Ministry of Finance, Estonia
  • The regional perspective – Mr Ulf Eriksson, Vice-Chair of the Regional Development Committee, Region Västra Götaland, Sweden PDF
  • Do we need a new legal tool? Mr Thiemo Eser, Head of Division for International Relations and Territorial Cooperation, Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures, Luxembourg PDF
  • Organising multi-level engagement – Mr Ricardo Ferreira, Border Focal Point, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission PDF

Q&A session

15:00 – 16:00

Conclusions and Looking Ahead

  • Mr Martin Guillermo-Ramírez, Secretary General of the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) PDF

Closing Remarks

  • Mr Thomas Antoine, Secretary General of the Benelux Union

Boosting Growth and Cohesion in EU Border Regions