European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation: a tool to facilitate cross-border, trans-national or inter-regional cooperation
EGTCs were established in 2006 by the European Parliament and the Council with the political support of the Committee of the Regions. They enable regional and local authorities from different member states to cooperate more effectively, for example by allowing them to directly apply for and manage European funds.
Role of EGTCs
To organise and manage cross-border, trans-national or interregional cooperation measures with or without EU financial support.
Who can set up an EGTC?
- EGTCs must include partners from at least two EU member states, including:. Regional or local authorities
- Central governments
- Bodies governed by public law
A taste of what an EGTC can do
- Running cross-border transport or health services
- Managing cross-border or inter-regional sustainable development projects (innovation and technology, environmental protection, etc.)
- Strengthening economic and social cohesion across borders
Role of the Committee of the Regions
- Consultative role in the area of cross-border cooperation
- Political support for EGTCs and their activities
- Assessing the progress of EGTCs and facilitating exchange of best practice through an expert group
- Collecting information on EGTC statutes and conventions
For further information, visit the EGTC portal