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The future of European Territorial Cooperation: Capacity Building in Cross-Border Territories


10 July 2012

VENUE: Representation of the Land of Baden-Württemberg, Rue Belliard 60-62, B-1040 Brussels

Border regions play an essential role in European territorial cohesion.  They represent 35%  of the EU’s territory and more than 30% of its population.  This is where the mobility of European workers, consumers, citizens and enterprises is at its greatest.  This is why cross-border territories can be seen as the laboratories for European territorial integration.

However when it comes to cross-border policy-making these complex dynamics create real challenges for the territorial actors involved.  How can the interaction between different politico-administrative systems and working cultures be optimized?  How can civil society actors be brought into the process?  How can future actions be based on a sound knowledge of the real problems of the cross-border territory?  How can new governance approaches be developed so as to maximize the potential of cross-border cooperation?  How can the ‘added value’ of cross-border cooperation be measured through the development of new impact assessment tools?  How can the cooperation be made sustainable beyond project and sector-based approaches?  How can INTERREG V programmes be redesigned to take into account these lessons?

This symposium aims to highlight the challenges and achievements of capacity building in cross-border territories as part of the new EU cohesion policy.  High-level speakers representing the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions, the Association of European Border Regions, Mission Opérationelle Transfrontalière and the new Transfrontier Euro-Institut Network (TEIN) will present their views and share their experiences.  The speakers come from a wide range of territorial and institutional backgrounds in many parts of Europe: from micro, meso and macro-regions; from programmes and projects; from universities, training centres and expert networks; and from politics, public administration and civil society.

The symposium is hosted by the Land of Baden-Württemberg as part of its support to the implementation of the Danube strategy.


17h00 Welcome by Peter Friedrich, Minister for the Bundesrat, Europe and International Affairs of the Land of Baden-Württemberg
17h10 Keynote address by Wolfgang Streitenberger, Adviser to the Director General, DG REGIO
17h35 The challenges of capacity building in cross-border cooperation and the TEIN / AEBR/ MOT partnership approach by Dr. Joachim Beck (Director of the Euro-Institut)
17h45 Round table Chaired by Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of AEBR with statements (10 min) from

  • Michel Delebarre (President of COTER, President of MOT)
  • Jan Olbrycht MEP
  • Marie-Thérèse Sanchez-Schmid MEP
  • Pat Colgan, Chief Executive, Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB)
  • Josha Frey, MdL, President of the Euro-Institut/TEIN
19h00 Discussion with participants
20h00 Reception

The working languages are English, German, and French (with simultaneous translation).

Download a copy of the INVITATION and the REPLY FAX. Please use the reply fax or confirm your participation by e-mail to until July 9th, 2012.

The venue is marked on the map below.
We look forward to welcoming you to this event.

Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the EU
Rue Belliard 60 – 62
1040 Brussels
phone: +32 741 77 64
fax:        +32 742 11 60



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