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Mecanismul transfrontalier european 2.0

Opinion Number: CDR 6083/2022
Rapporteur: ALTOUNIAN Magali
Commission: COTER
Status: Adopted
Date: 10/10/2023
underlines that previous studies carried out by the European Commission show the considerable loss in potential growth in the EU's border regions that is the direct result of legal and administrative obstacles;
stresses that these border barriers are in conflict with the idea of European unity. After 70 years of integration, such barriers should not exist, and indeed, new obstacles should not be created, as it regrettably still the case. Article 174 TFEU on economic, social and territorial cohesion stipulates that particular attention should be paid to cross-border regions. The European Union and its Member States should take steps to remove or at least reduce these barriers, in order to implement the European single market, create jobs and growth and improve citizens' quality of life. Cross-border regions are at the heart of European integration and territorial cohesion priorities;
stresses that it is unacceptable that, in today's European Union, not all border regions have cross border governance tools to effectively report legal and administrative obstacles to the governments of their Member States or to the EU institutions, leaving these regions in a deadlock that limits their sustainable economic, social and territorial development, which is the basis of prosperity and well-being of the population. Each border region should have these cross border governance tools at its disposal;
acknowledges that, on the basis of the relevant remarks made by some Member States, a new approach to the Regulation should be adopted to overcome the deadlock. The CoR believes that the reservations expressed by the Member States can be resolved by means of an in-depth discussion and an amended proposal;
points out that it is essential to set up cross-border coordination points in all Member States, or in regions with legislative powers where these exist, even in Member States that will ultimately choose to apply their own tool rather than that proposed by the Regulation. These coordination points, which should be integrated into an appropriate ministry in each Member State or region with legislative powers, into existing organisations such as the Nordic Council, or established as independent bodies, should be visible and allow the relevant authorities to receive notifications from their border regions, their citizens and businesses, to process these notifications and to propose solutions.



Adoption of the related Report by the European Parliament

The European Parliament adopted on 14 September 2023 a Report on "Amending the proposed mechanism to resolve legal and administrative obstacles in a cross-border context" by MEP Sandro Gozi, inviting the European Commission to propose an amended version of the ECBM Regulation

14 Sep
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