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					Eurometropolis
Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai


EGTC & MULTILEVEL GOVERNANCE CONFERENCE
GÖDÖLLŐ, MARCH 22ND

STEF VANDE MEULEBROUCKE
GENERAL MANAGER
Introduction



1. The Eurometropolis Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai in brief
2. Multilevel governance in practice
3. Proposals for the revision of the EGTC regulation
The Eurometropolis Lille-
Kortrijk-Tournai in brief
Texte français
Tekst Nederlands



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Our mission : Objectives
Cross border forum




              Eurometropolis Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai:
              First EGTC in Europe (January 2008)
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Our legal basis : 3 elements
                        • EGTC= “cooperative groupings invested with
 The EGTC European        legal personality”
 Regulation 1082/2006   • Potential members : member states /regional
 adopted on July 5th      authorities / local authorities / bodies
         2006             governed by public law / associations of the
                          above
                        • Signed by 14 partners (4 French, 10 Belgian)
    Convention of       • Mission of the EGTC: “to promote and
   Cooperation for        support an efficient and consistent cross-
   Eurometropolis         border cooperation within its territory”
   (January 2007)       • Respect of a “double-parity” principle
                        • Respect of bilinguism (FR/NL)

                        • Purpose and missions
                        • Reference territory, registered office location
 Statutes of the EGTC     (-> applicable law)
     (approved on       • organs : Assembly, Board, Chairmanship
      28/01/2008)       • Advisory bodies: Conference of the Mayors
                        • Funding
                        • membership/withdrawal/Dissolution
Governance
                                      Political organs
 Civil society                                                                  Operational organs
                       consultative                      decision-making



                                                        Presidence
                                                    (4 members, rotating)
                      Conference of
                         Mayors
                      (147 members)
                                                         Assembly
                                                       (84 members,         Implementation
                                         propose
                                                     meets twice a year)      of decisions

Eurometropolis
    Forum                                                    Bureau
                 appeals to                               (32 members,
                                                                                    Operational
 (60 members)                    feeds the debate                                    services
                                                         meets 4 times a
                                                              year)




                      Six Thematic
                     Working Groups             coordinate



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4 main objectives



1. To realise cross-border consistency of the cross-border
   region
2. To ensure consultation, dialogue and political debate
   between the partners of the Eurometropolis
3. To enable, set up and realise projects
4. To facilitate the daily life of the inhabitants




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Multilevel governance in
practice
14 partners
         FRENCH SIDE                           BELGIAN SIDE
                              State level
State                                Federal state
                            Regional level
Région Nord-Pas de Calais            Flemish Region/Flemish Community
                                     Walloon Region
                                     French Community
                            Provincial level
Département du Nord                  Province of West-Flanders
                                     Province of Hainaut
                      Intermunicipal associations
Lille Métropole Communauté Urbaine   Intermunicipality Leiedal
                                     Intermunicipality wvi
                                     Intermunicipality IDETA
                                     Intermunicipality IEG

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Proximity Europe : multi-level governance

                     1. European level


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                 6. Conference of mayors
                 7. Forum of civil society


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Proposals for the revision of
the EGTC regulation
1. Staff employment


 Current situation
 - EGTC regulation: staff employment = conditioned by the law of the
 registered office of the GECT

 - Case “Eurometropolis”: French law doesn’t allow for employment of
 staff under private law contracts of unlimited duration

 -=> Problem: national law turns out to be inappropriate in a cross-
 border context

 - Under Belgian presidency of the Eurometropolis: employment of
 Belgian employees under private law contracts has been made possible

 - Recruitment of French employees under private law contracts
 is only possible for limited duration, private law contracts of        13
 unlimited duration remain impossible
1. Staff employment



 Possible solutions

 - More flexibility: allow EGTCs to opt for the application of the law of
 the place where the staff is carrying out its activities

 - Explore the possibility to create an employment status that
 transcends national regulations




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2. Partnership




 - Private bodies (such as not-for-profit associations) are often
 important players in cross-border cooperation

 -The EGTC regulation excludes participation of private members as
 such (unless they can be considered as “bodies governed by public
 law”)

 - The Eurometropolis established a platform (Forum) – which doesn’t
 form part of the EGTC structure - in order to create a direct link with
 the civil society

 - For new EGTCs to be created in the future, it might be interesting to
 allow for more flexibility with regard to the participation of
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 EGTCs in the future
3. EGTCs in a broader perspective...




 -The EGTC regulation explicitly mentions the important role of EGTC’s
 in European territorial cooperation

 - BUT: in other policy areas & European programmes too, EGTCs should
 be recognised as a valuable tool to contribute to European objectives

 - Example: Interreg funds recognise EGTCs as eligible project partners,
 without the need for additional partners, but not all EU calls do so

 -Possible solutions:
          - explicitly specify this in EGTC regulation
          - beyond the EGTC regulation: make the EGTC broadly known
          as a tool to realise EU objectives
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