The Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) and the EU Commission’s DG REGIO have performed the quality assessment of the 27 applications received under the III call for proposals of the initiative b-solutions and have selected a total of 23 cases of legal and administrative obstacles limiting cross-border cooperation in EU and EFTA internal land borders.
The call for proposals remained opened from 08 July to 11 October 2020 and public bodies and cross-border structures had the occasion to submit a proposal for a case to identify and document an obstacle encountered while cooperating with the neighboring region(s).
The 23 selected cases will soon receive the support of legal experts with knowledge of cross-border instances whom are awarded by AEBR and DG REGIO upon participation in a dedicated call for expression of interest.
The experts will cooperate with the successful cases in structuring the definition of the obstacle identified in a clear and systematic way, as well as to elaborate a solution and outline a legal framework from which to proceed.
The implementation period will last until end of January 2021.
To continue raising awareness and mutual learning among the cross-border stakeholders, the regional, national and European institutions, in conclusion of the analyses collected within the present and the next call for proposals, a second compendium of the reports elaborated by the experts will be produced by AEBR in cooperation with the European Commission.
Take a look to the full list of successful cases and do not miss the upcoming detailed descriptions of the obstacles selected under the different thematic areas of b-solutions:
Under the thematic area “Employment”:
Cross-border staffing difficulties – ambiguous application of social and health insurance regulations
KOMPAR - Promoting employability in the health & social sector
EGTC Euroregion Nouvelle-Aquitaine Euskadi Navarra
Making crossborder internship worthy
EGTC Linieland van Waas en Hulst (in cooperation with Euregion Scheldemond)
The problem of the children's sickness certificate for frontier workers working in Germany and residing in the Netherlands
Coorcurity: Facilitating the coordination of social security systems for cross-border workers and pensioners
EGTC Arrabona Ltd.
Under the thematic area “Evidence and Data”
Facilitating health data accessibility to initiate cross-border public policies
Conseil départemental du Haut-Rhin
ZASNET-Meseta Ibérica Transboundary Tourist Observatory
Under the thematic area “Health”
Transparent solutions in the border region for efficient treatment and reimbursement of medical expenses for Dutch and German patients
Eems Dollard Region (EDR)
Cross Border Transport of Medical Goods per Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (a.k.a. "drone")
City of Aachen
Introducing cross-border healthcare into regular operation
Lower Austrian Health Agency / EU Affairs & Healthacross
Cross-border emergencies team
EGTC Eurocity Chaves-Verín
Under the thematic area “Information Services”
Perceived border obstacles linked to wood contruction – Sweden and Norway
The Svinesund Committee
Under the thematic area “Institutional Cooperation”
Removal or simplification of the procedure to obtain the Car Circulation Guide for Cross-Border Workers
EGTC Galicia-Norte de Portugal
Elimination of barriers and 360º evaluation of the mobility of students from vulnerable groups in the higher education ecosystem of the GNP Euroregion
Centro de Estudos Eurorrexinais Galicia-Norte de Portugal
Improvement of conditions for cross-border aerial forest fire control
Directorate General for External Action - Junta de Extremadura
Minho River Nature 2000. Boosting Cross-Border Multi-level Governance
Problem analysis and possible solutions concerning access to enclaves
Cross border obstacles on cross border transport and use of manure
Provincie West-Vlaanderen (on behalf of the Euregion Scheldemond)
Tour guide practice and their activity on both sides of the Hungarian and Croatian border
EGTC Mura Region
Analyze of legislative borders in employment, especially in agricultural field
EGTC Gate to Europe
Under the thematic area “Multingualism”
Financing cross-border pupil’s education
Communauté de Communes Pyrénées Haut Garonnaises
Under the area “Transport”
Rolling stock approval to foster rail transport between France and Spain
Cross-border authorizations of tramway personnel
Province of Limburg