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Publication France-Germany: cross-border observation at the heart of Europe

Cover: France-Germany – cross-border observation at the heart of Europe

Editor: General Commission for Territorial Equality (CGET) / Ministry of Territorial Cohesion and Relations with Local Authorities, France; Federal Ministry for the Interior, Building and Community (BMI), Germany Series: Individual publication Published: March 2019 Language: English


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Border regions are laboratories of European integration and spatial cohesion. A nation's effective cross-border integration policy thus requires profound knowledge of a relevant area. Precise and continuous spatial monitoring activities play a decisive role when planning and implementing cross-border projects improving the daily life of inhabitants and enterprises. It serves as a basis for developing and governing border regions. Cross-border spatial monitoring activities underline the individual character of border and interaction areas with their specific requirements, potentials and chances. Spatial monitoring is supposed to enable the comparison of border regions with other types of areas thus supporting the formulation of specific national policies.

This brochure is an expression of the German-French initiative to improve cross-border monitoring. It demonstrates why cross-border statistical spatial monitoring is relevant. It provides instructions which data should and can be collected on which spatial levels. The publication finally provides a concrete action plan with three concrete actions.

Coordination and realization:
- Transfrontier Operational Mission (MOT)
- Federal Institute for Research on Building Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR), Germany

This publication is also available in German and French:




Part 1 – Towards multi-level observation of cross-border territories

1.1 At local level
1.2 At national level
1.3 At European level

Part 2 – A common French-German and European ambition: obstacles to overcome and action plan

2.1 The obstacles
2.2 Common action plan to advance cross-border observation

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