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2018 EGTC Award: Call for applications

The Secretary-General of the European Committee of the Regions invites the European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation to submit their applications for the 2018 edition of the award "Building Europe across borders" – Award for EGTCs.

The deadline for submission of applications is 16 April 2018.

The award will be handed out to the winner at the 8th EGTC Platform meeting in October.

For more information please visit our
web site.
EGTC work programme
EGTC Platform 2018 Work Programme and events.

At its meeting on 30 January 2018, the Bureau of the European Committee of the Regions adopted the 2018 EGTC Platform Work Programme which you can find on this link.

The events of the EGTC Platform, and their tentative dates are:

  • The EGTC Platform event on the Future of Europe, 4 May 2018, Athens
  • Meeting of National EGTC Authorizing Authorities, Week of 17-21 September 2018, Brussels, in cooperation with the Hungarian Government and DG REGIO
  • 8th EGTC Platform Meeting, 8 October 2018, Brussels
  • Cross-border cooperation: challenges ahead, 16 November 2018, Brussels, in cooperation with ITEM and DG REGIO

The registrations for the event in Athens will be launched within next two weeks.
B-Solutions: Call for proposals

B-solutions is a two year pilot initiative financed by the EU budget, managed by the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) and promoted by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) as one of the actions proposed in the Communication “Boosting Growth and Cohesion in EU Border Regions” .

The general objective of b-solutions is to identify and promote sustainable methods of resolving border obstacles of a legal and/or administrative nature along EU internal land borders. How?
By inviting local, regional and national public authorities, as well as cross-border structures in your region, to respond to the
b-solutions call for proposals.

We encourage EGTCs working on cross-border cooperation to apply for these projects. The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2018. 
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Survey to capture the provision of cross-border public services in Europe

The ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme ( is undertaking a study on the territorial dimension of the provision of cross-border public services (CPS) in Europe. A territorially balanced access to affordable public services of general interest is an important aspect of the Lisbon Treaty’s territorial cohesion objective that also gained importance under the EU’s current Cohesion Policy. Since EU border regions are particularly affected by challenges to ensure affordable public service access, the study is supported by the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR).

The objective of this study is to provide an overview of the main features of CPS provision at EU borders, to highlight potential territorial problems related to CPS provision and to identify future needs in this field. Important outcomes of the study are a comparative picture of CPS provision and their features in the EU and to examine best practices to support future CPS development.

The survey seeks to collect data on CPS provision based on insights and perceptions of institutions and organisations providing CPS. Therefore, your response to this survey is crucial. You can participate in the survey by completing our online questionnaire ( The results of the study will be made publicly available in November 2018.