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Legalise border crossings for French-Spanish rescue services

Advised entity: Pyrénées-Atlantiques department Fire and Rescue Service - SDIS64

Despite the existence of legal and administrative acts to optimise public assistance at the Franco-Spanish border, firemen and rescue services encounter difficulties in crossing the border to intervene. Identifying the relevant authorities on the two sides of the border is key to make the emergency service more efficient in the border region.  

Funding systems inhibit innovation through testbeds 

Advised entity: The Svinesund Committee

To counter the climate crisis requires increased development and implementation of green and sustainable innovations. In Sweden and Norway, different regulatory frameworks and financial support systems currently hinder the ability of SMEs to draw on funding and expertise in neighbouring countries, which significantly slows the realisation of innovative ideas and projects.

Operation and distribution formats — Renewable energy plants

Advised entity: Euregio via salina e. V.

In Bavaria and Austria, different legal requirements for the construction of renewable energy plants (hydropower, photovoltaics, wind energy) and for the establishment of cross-border renewable energy communities or cooperatives are impediments to the development of the energy transition in the border region. Sharing energy would drive the expansion of decentralised energy systems, create economic incentives and allow people to purchase energy as a regional product.

District heating without borders

Advised entity: GECT Euregio Senza Confini

Connecting the district heating network across the Italian-Austrian border is not regulated and thus local citizens and business cannot benefit from the commercial exchange of thermal energy. This is due to different interpretations of the legislation and a regulatory opacity on how thermal energy for heating should be transferred and under which taxation system. Clarifying the regulatory scope would enable a cross-border heat exchange, respectful of the environment and promising for the development of new cooperation

Conservation of biodiversity on the Mura River

Advised entity: Mura Region EGTC

The lack of harmonisation between environmental regulations in Hungary and Croatia makes it difficult to preserve the biodiversity of the cross-border Mura river and its NATURA 2000 protected area. Addressing the issue would facilitate the protection of this common nature area and the management of activities such as water tourism, which is likely to become more and more popular due to the development of sustainable tourism in the border region. 

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