b-solutions' third call for proposals: the full list of selected cases

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

EGTC Ister-Granum


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

EGTC-Rio Minho


Problem analysis and possible solutions concerning access to enclaves

Gemeente Baarle-Nassau


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

Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region


Cross-border authorizations of tramway personnel

Province of Limburg

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