b-solutions is a pilot project to collect concrete & replicable actions which aim at identifying & testing solutions to cross-border obstacles of legal and administrative nature in EU internal land borders in 5 fields: employment; health; public transport of passengers; multi-lingualism; institutional cooperation

b-solutions is promoted by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional & Urban Policy (DG REGIO) & managed by the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR). The Call for Proposals closed on 30th April 2018.

Thirty-six applications have been submitted, while thirty-one were under the Selection Committee’s assessment. The most popular topic is “institutional cooperation”, followed by “employment”, “public transport of passengers”, “multilingualism” and “health”.

On Friday 29 June 2018, all applicants have been informed with a letter of award or rejection.

 

The following 10 cases have been selected as “successful”:

Bilingualism in the Functional Tri-Border Region AT-HU-SK 

Lower Austrian Government, Department of Pre-Schools/Kindergartens and Schools

Austria – Hungary - Slovakia

Obstacle

There is no legal framework allowing for children from Hungary and Slovakia to be accepted at Austrian primary schools or kindergartens. Federal authorities can provide such an option at a secondary education level but since primary schools and kindergartens are managed by local entities without legal competence on this matter pupils cannot attend schools in the neighbouring country.

 

Proposed Solution

Analyse the legal and administrative roots that cause  the obstacle in order to propose a legal framework to change the situation, promoting multilingualism and raising awareness among the respective authorities for the creation of cross border kindergartens and schools.

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Elaboration of a cooperation protocol aimed at simplifying administrative procedures for frontier workers in the field of health insurance

 

Eurodistrict Pamina 

France - Germany

Obstacle

A number of administrative difficulties contribute to making labour cross-border mobility a negative experience with many financial consequences for the frontier workers insured in one country and benefiting from health services in the other one.

 

Proposed Solution

Creating an inventory of administrative difficulties faced by border residents, discuss them
with the competent administrative authorities and drawing up an action protocol between French and German health insurance funds. 

 

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Lithuanian Geological Survey and Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre institutional cooperation on cross-border groundwater management

 

Latvian  Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre

Latvia - Lithuania

Obstacle

Different rules and methodologies across the border prevent the creation of a joint system for preserve the water quality and conservation.

Proposed Solution

Improving the data exchange, harmonising the methods for groundwater monitoring and developing a long-term monitoring plan and a preliminary transboundary river management plan.

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GeoConnectGR

 

EGTC Grand Region - Summit Secretariat

Belgium - Luxembourg - France - Germany

Obstacle

At the level of the Greater Region, the agencies responsible for producing cartographic data not only work independently, but also according to different legal, organisational and technical principles, preventing the cooperation across the borders in hydrographic analysis matters. 

 

Proposed Solution

The objective is to geometrically harmonise the topogeographic reference datasets creating a comparable reference digital terrain model, DTM, of all the partners in order to eliminate all gaps and overlaps. 

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CrossMarkets - Institutional cooperation to enhance cross-border selling at local farmers’ markets

 

EGTC Pannon

Croatia - Hungary

Obstacle

Lack of information, language knowledge gaps, administrative difficulties and tax differences hinder trade and cross-border cooperation among the farmers and market players. 

Proposed Solution

Analysing the needs and expectations of local farmers as well as their difficulties and comparing these findings with the actual regulatory and administrative framework, in order to identify the main legislative and administrative areas that need to be addressed in order to support the cross-border selling of local products.

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When EMS (emergency medical system) erase borders

 

Consortium of the Pyrenees Working Community

Spain - France - Andorra

Obstacle

Without the validation of a diploma by the Order of Doctors and Nurses of the neighbouring country, healthcare professionals from the other side of the border are not authorised to intervene anywhere except on the territory where they obtained their diploma.

Proposed Solution

Achieving collaboration agreements among the French State, the Spanish Autonomous Communities and the Principality of Andorra that allows the signature of a convention that erases administrative problems and makes cross-border emergency health interventions possible.

 

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Facilitating cross-border mobility within the scope of dual education in the Eurometropolis Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai

EGTC "Eurometropolis Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai"

Belgium - France

Obstacle

Many obstacles were found in terms of cross-border mobility of French and 
Belgian apprentices. In particular, different dual education contract systems and labour 
agreements linked to different legal statutes of the apprentice lead to an ineffective cross-border cooperation in this matter. 

Proposed Solution

Providing a framework agreement feasible for all competent authorities of the territory and implementing a field experiment to test the cross-border apprenticeship contract, allowing 
some apprentices to perform their apprenticeship on both sides of the border. 

For more information click here.

 

 

 

 

XBORDER – WORK: tacking administrative issues that hinder free movement of workers

 

Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia

Slovenia - Italy

Obstacle

Cross border workers who are residents in one country but live in another have to deal with over taxation and limitations concerning the access of social security benefits. 

Proposed Solution

Creating a bilingual form through which the cross-border worker can share data concerning his/her income in one country and report it to the tax authorities and social security services in the other.

 

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Roadmap & factsheet for the recognition of qualifications for highly demanded professions: two practical documents for first line support and citizens

 

Province of Limburg

Germany - The Netherlands

Obstacle

Procedures concerning recognition of qualifications are often non-transparent, complex and time-consuming. This, discourage the mobility of citizens and prevent the developement of an effective cross-border labour market. 

Proposed Solution

Producing  practical documents with the involvement of competent authorities, namely a 
roadmap and a factsheet to provide clear information for the recognition of qualifications concerning highly demanded professions.

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EGTC GO Cross-border Public Urban Mobility Plan

 

EGTC GO

Italy - Slovenia

Obstacle

The restrictions on cabotage operations at cross-border level, the different pricing systems and the difficulties caused by the presence of information on two different languages, prevent the creation of an integrated public transportation network operating in the territory of the EGTC GO. 
 

Proposed Solution

Mobilising relevant actors at local, regional and national level to conclude a cooperation agreement to develop a cross-border urban transport system.

 

For more information click here.

Contact
 

Association of European Border Regions (AEBR)

c/o WeWork 

Neue Schönhauserstraße 3-5

10178 Berlin

Germany

b-solutions@aebr.eu 

+49 30 72 62 19 763

+49 1764 2090 666

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