Consultation on overcoming obstacles in border regions

The public consultation on overcoming obstacles in border regions is now closed. DG REGIO would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this consultation.

The results are now available:

In total 623 replies were received and are summarised in this report pdf bg cs da de el en es et fi fr hr hu it lt lv mt nl pl pt ro sk sl sv.

A factsheet with key messages from the report can be found here pdf en.

The individual contributions are available here pdf.

Policy field(s)

In addition to regional policy and territorial cohesion, the consultation covers all major policy fields (trade, employment, education, transport, research, energy etc.)

Target group(s)

Contributions are particularly sought from citizens in border regions (of EU Member States and border areas with EFTA/EEA countries); national, regional and local authorities; inter-governmental and non-governmental bodies; academic institutions; civil society and enterprises involved in cross-border activities.

Period of consultation

From 21.09.2015 to 21.12.2015

Objective of the consultation

For the last 25 years, the European Union has been investing in cross-border cooperation through Interreg, a financing instrument for regional development across borders. Despite all the progress made, many obstacles persist, and many of these cannot be solved with Interreg financing alone.

The main purpose of this consultation is therefore to collect experiences and opinions from citizens, key stakeholders and experts, in order to get a comprehensive overview of what obstacles persist and of their impact on the daily lives of people and businesses in border regions.

The results will be published online. They will also feed into a study aiming to produce conclusions and practical suggestions on how the EU and its partners can ease remaining obstacles.

For more information on this consultation, please read the background document PDF.

How to submit your contribution

We welcome contributions through an online questionnaire, available in all 24 official languages of the European Union. Please find the questionnaire here: English German French Bulgarian Czech Danish Greek Spanish Estonian Finnish Hungarian Hungarian Italian Lithuanian Latvian Latvian Dutch Polish Portuguese Romanian Slovak Slovenian Swedish.

We aim to make the consultation fair and transparent. Only responses that comply with the instructions will be included in the final summary. If you are a registered organisation, please indicate your Transparency Register ID number when replying to the online questionnaire. Your contribution will then be considered as representative of the views of your organisation.

If an organisation decides not to provide this information, it is the Commission's stated policy to list the contribution as part of the individual contributions. (Consultation Standards, see COM (2002) 704, and Communication on ETI Follow-up, see COM (2007) 127 of 21/03/2007). If your organisation is not registered, you have the opportunity to Register now.

Then return to this page to submit your contribution as a Registered organisation.

Received contributions will be published on the Internet, if not indicated otherwise. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and response will be dealt with.

Contact details

responsible service: DG Regional and Urban Policy, D2 European Cross-border co-operation


postal address: DG Regional and Urban Policy, D2 European Cross-border co-operation, BU-1 00/14, B-1049, Brussels

View the contributions

In the interests of transparency, organisations are asked to provide relevant information about themselves by registering in the Transparency Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. Submissions from non-registered organisations are published separately from the registered organisations.

Results of consultation and next steps

As soon as possible after the consultation has been completed, the results will be published here.

Protection of personal data

Specific privacy statement PDF


This document is intended for information and consultation purposes only. It has not been adopted or in any way approved by the Commission and should not be regarded as representing the views of Commission staff. It does not in any way prejudge, or constitute the announcement of, any position on the part of the Commission on the issues covered. The Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided, nor does it accept responsibility for any use to which it may be put.