Opinion Factsheet  

Grensoverschrijdend mechanisme

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Opinion Number: CDR 3596/2018
Rapporteur: 
Commission: COTER
Status: Adopted
Date: 05/12/2018
 
Main political goals:
to endorse the proposal for a regulation, as a bottom-up legal instrument that can effectively support cross-border cooperation projects and as a suitable complement to the existing mechanisms and to solutions adopted by and between Member States;
to call for further details on ways in which the cross-border Mechanism can be practically applied alongside existing mechanisms;
to call for an evaluation five years after the regulation's entry into force of its geographical and thematic scope;
to ask for clarification of the joint projects that will be eligible and for a definition of infrastructure projects and services of general economic interest;
to request that the CoR plays a role in registering European Cross-border Commitments and Statements, as is already the case for EGTCs, in order to strengthen feedback and the exchange of good practices;
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS



- appreciates current efforts by the European Commission to progress towards making better use of the potential of border regions, and to help enable growth and sustainable development;

- endorses the proposal for a regulation, as it establishes a clear, complementary legal instrument for all internal and external borders, so that bottlenecks can be tackled throughout the EU using the same procedure;

- thanks the Commission for taking account of the recommendations set out in previous CoR opinions on border obstacles, particularly the opinion on the Communication on Boosting growth and cohesion in EU border regions;

- welcomes the fact that the Mechanism , as an addition to existing mechanisms, offers a means for border regions to take the initiative;

- recognises the need for restrictions on the areas to which the Commission’s regulation will apply, but is concerned at the limitation of application of the regulation to NUTS level 3 regions, and therefore calls for an evaluation five years after the regulation's entry into force of its geographical and thematic scope;

- asks the Commission for clarification of the joint projects that will be eligible and for a definition of infrastructure projects and services of general economic interest;