Expert panel organised by Maastricht University (ITEM) and the Landesvertretung Nordrhein-Westfalen

26maa14:3017:30Expert panel organised by Maastricht University (ITEM) and the Landesvertretung Nordrhein-WestfalenSolving Cross-Border Problems with the “Cross-Border Facilitation tool”?

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The implications of the amended Commission proposal on the regulation of a cross-border mechanism (ECBM)

The expert panel will bring together academics, legislators and practitioners in order to assess the quality of the amended proposal. On 12 December 2023 the European Commission has put forward an amended proposal of the European Cross-Border mechanism (COM (2023)790) as a response to the concerns and recommendations made by the two co-legislators Council and European Parliament.

How is the new version assessed from an academic point of view when compared to proposals in the past? From a practitioner’s point of view, what type of coordination points do already exist in the Member States that can be compared to the coordination points described in the regulation? From a legislator point of view, how do the European Parliament, the Member States and the Committee of the Regions read the new version?

The background

Cross-border projects and cooperation face a multitude of administrative and legal obstacles. The Commission’s amended proposal was a reaction to the European Parliament resolution of 14 September 2023 emphasizing the importance of the adoption of an amended proposal for border regions. Council and European Parliament have started their work on the regulation that includes also a change of the title. The new proposed name is “Regulation on Facilitating Cross-Border Solutions” and instead of “cross-border mechanism”, the term “cross-border facilitation tool” is introduced.

In essence, the Commission proposes that Member States set up Cross-border coordination points, which will assess requests submitted by border stakeholders on potential obstacles and act as a liaison between them and the national authorities. The proposal would ensure that stakeholders receive a response after the assessment of each request. The initiated process to solve border problem is called “Cross-Border Facilitation Tool” that is described as a “voluntary standard procedure” to resolve administrative and legal obstacles in cross-border regions. The decision on whether or not to resolve an obstacle would remain the prerogative of the competent national authorities.


(Dinsdag) 14:30 - 17:30


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