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TEIN answer to the public consultation "Overcoming obstacles in border regions"

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. Although much progress has been made, difficulties remain in many areas, such as:

  • finding jobs
  • accessing healthcare
  • pension rights & taxation
  • having qualifications recognised
  • overcoming cultural & language differences
  • accessing public facilities

Although Interreg has been an important part in alleviating border obstacles and enhancing a spirit of cooperation, Interreg funding is not the only answer. Many of these obstacles call for changes in laws and/or administrative procedures.

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) therefore wanted to examine what obstacles remain and how they affect people, organisations, businesses and public authorities in border regions. This analysis could in the future be used to assess whether the Commission can take further action, either on its own initiative or together with national and regional authorities.

The consultation, which is now closed, covered both internal EU border regions, as well as border regions encompassing regions in EU countries and EFTA/EEA countries.

In this framework, TEIN answered to the public consultation: TEIN answer

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