Stronger cross-border cooperation is one of the Luxembourg Presidency’s priorities; a move that is welcomed by the rapporteur, along with the call for a better regulatory framework for cross-border cooperation. Despite the strides that have already been made at EU level, and particularly the European Grouping for Territorial Cooperation, Dobroslavić believes there is much potential for further development. He specifically points to the need to raise awareness and provide information for stakeholders regarding the opportunities for developing cross-border cooperation offered through the existing legal framework, in particular by the EGTC Regulation. Cohesion funds could support this action especially given that border regions are often at a particular disadvantage compared with the rest of Europe. Within this context, the opinion calls for simplified procedures in the planning and management of EU-funded cross-border programmes and projects. This is particularly necessary for small, one-off cross-border projects.

 

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