The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning

Publication Guideline for the establishment of an EGTC for stakeholders of transnational cooperation

Editor: BMVI Series: BMVI-Online-Publikation Published: March 2014 ISSN: 2364-6020 URN: urn:nbn:de:101:1-201403127660


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The research project "Potential for transnational and cross-border partnerships through the use of the instrument of the EGTC (European Grouping for Territorial Cooperation)" examined possible applications and limitations of that instrument. So far, there is no EGTC based in Germany. However, stakeholders are increasingly interested.

With different guidelines on the formation of an EGTC for transnational and cross-border cooperation, these actors should be informed on the advantages and potential disadvantages. Moreover, they should receive a neutral decision support tool. The guidelines were discussed with practitioners and scientists and considered well-founded and very useful.

The present guideline aimed primarily at German stakeholders of transnational cooperation. Due to the great interest beyond Germany, it has been translated into English. A German version is also available.

Published by
Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI)

Scientific Support
Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), Berlin
Dr. Katharina Erdmenger

Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR)
within the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR), Bonn
Dr. Wilfried Görmar

Spatial Foresight, Berlin
Sabine Zillmer, Kai Böhme, Christian Lüer

in cooperation with

EureConsult, Echternach
Thomas Stumm


  1. Introduction
  2. Check list
    2.1 Is it necessary to establish an EGTC?
    2.1.1 Which requirements and needs for cooperation exist?
    2.1.2 Declaration of political intention
    2.2 Basic questions
    2.2.1 Which objectives are to be achieved through cooperation in an EGTC?
    2.2.2 Which tasks are transferred to the EGTC (and to what extent)?
    2.2.3 Are there realistic alternatives to an EGTC?
    2.2.4 To which territory does the EGTC refer?
    2.2.5 Which partners should be members of the EGTC or should be integrated in the EGTC through other forms of cooperation?
    2.2.6 Where is the registered office of the EGTC to be located?
    2.2.7 Which opportunities and restrictions result from relevant national legislations for the establishment of an EGTC?
    2.2.8 How can an EGTC be financed?
    2.2.9 Who is liable and to what extent?
    2.2.10 Are there temporal/time limitations for a reasonable establishment of an EGTC?
    2.2.11 Which effort and benefit are to be expected from an EGTC?
    2.3 Establishing the EGTC
    2.3.1 Negotiating and formulating convention and statutes
    2.3.2 Initiating and implementing the application and approval procedure
    2.4 The EGTC takes up work

This publication is also available in German.

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