(30 January 2014) – The MOT (Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière) produced a guidebook entitled “The legal framework for cross-border cooperation. The legal instruments available to cross-border projects” which is aimed at helping cooperation practitioners to choose the legal form that is most appropriate for their needs.
This guidebook, available in six languages (EN, FR, DE, ES, IT, NL), is aimed at cross-border cooperation practitioners that have adopted legal structures for their projects or who intend to do so. This work closes up a project carried out by the MOT between October 2012 and December 2013, with the financial support of the French national technical assistance programme Europ’Act. More specifically, as part of this project the MOT organized five seminars each dedicated to one or two French borders.
The guidebook aims to provide a summary of the main legal tools that can be used to set up cross-border projects at France’s borders. It contains a series of factsheets that set out for each tool its definition, its legal basis, the scope of its use and its main advantages and limitations.
Each tool is illustrated by two examples of structures that have been set up at France’s borders and that were presented in the five information seminars.This guide also sets out the main stages that need to be gone through in the choice of a legal tool, as well as providing a table that summarises the different tools.