Future of the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation
The European grouping of territorial cooperation (EGTC) was established in 2006 by Regulation (EC) No 1082/2006. Thanks to this instrument,…
Image Copyright file404, 2012. Used under licence from Shutterstock.com
The European grouping of territorial cooperation (EGTC) was established in 2006 by Regulation (EC) No 1082/2006. Thanks to this instrument, public entities from several Member States can come together and create a structure which has legal personality under European law. The EGTC is an important tool of “cross-border cooperation” which is part of Objective 3 of the current Cohesion Policy. Since 2006, 26 EGTC have been created (Source: EGTC Platform, Committee of the Regions).
Negotiations for the new programming period 2014-2020: an opportunity to revise the EGTC legislation
The European Parliament and the Council have been discussing the Commission’s proposal to set up a new framework for the EGTC instrument. Published in October 2011, the main modifications put forward in the Commission’s proposal are: the possibility for publicundertakings and Member States to become members of an EGTC; changes in the content of the EGTC conventions; a simplification of the approval process; and adaptations to the Lisbon Treaty.
The Committee of the Regions asked for improvements in the proposal
The Committee of the Regions (CoR), which is responsible for keeping the register of EGTCs and running the EGTC Platform, published its latest opinion on the issue in February. The CoR welcomes the proposal from the Commission. Nevertheless, the CoR calls for more clarity regarding the criteria for approval of EGTCs. It also defends the speeding up of the inclusion of undertakings dealing with operations of services of general economic interest. Moreover, the CoR points to the fact that the idea of listing the national, regional and local laws that will apply to EGTC on a fixed convention would be counter-productive.
The CoR also demands the application of the new provisions to existing EGTCs and not only to those created after the implementation of the revised Regulation.
The CoR also calls for rapid adoption of the text without awaiting the finalisation of discussions on the legislative package, since it has no real implications for the EU budget or the multi-annual financial framework (MFF). The rapid adoption of the text would foster the creation of EGTCs (which are waiting for the new legislation).
In the European Parliament [2011/0272(COD)]: Committee stage
Joachim Zeller (EPP, DE) presented his report on the Commission proposal in the REGI committee meeting on 29 May. The draft report takes into account most of the points that have been raised by the CoR such as the inclusion of undertakings entrusted with the operation of services of general economic interest, or the impossibility to list the range of national and local laws that will apply to the EGTC. The report will be voted in the next REGI meeting on 11 July 2012.
Library Keysource on EGTC provides more information:Library Keysource on the Future of European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation / A. RICHERT , S. IONESCU, 30 May 2012
Strictly Necessary Cookies
Strictly Necessary Cookie should be enabled at all times so that we can save your preferences for cookie settings.
If you disable this cookie, we will not be able to save your preferences. This means that every time you visit this website you will need to enable or disable cookies again.
The present website is hosted by WordPress.com, a service by Automattic. Automattic is a global company with thousands of servers located in several separate data centres around the world. While Automattic takes care of the security of the platform, we, the European Parliamentary Research Service, own the content of the blog. For more detailed information about the compliance of Automattic products and services with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), please see their dedicated page.
We do not collect any personal data that could identify an individual user. The users that are registered in WordPress.com should consult wordpress.com terms of service. We do collect anonymised aggregate data for statistical purposes. The data collected for this purposes include: number of visits/visitors per page, the country of the user, and aggregate numbers of incoming and outgoing clicks.
We determine unique page counts by using a “hashed” version of the visitor’s IP address. The visitor’s full IP address is deleted from our logs after a little over a month. That timeframe is how long the data is needed in order to allow us to calculate your stats on a monthly basis and no longer.
We collect your email address only if you proactively requested to be notified about the updates on the blog. You can always contact us to remove your email address from our records or unsubscribe from the notification service.
We can also see your name and email address if you made a comment to one of our posts. We do not make the email address visible on the comment. Nevertheless, on request, we can delete your comments.
We collect cookies only to facilitate your browsing experience, such as enabling you to share our posts via social media or comment on the post. The majority of cookies will be used only if you are a registered WordPress.com user. In this case, you are bound to WordPress.com terms of service.
Some pages embed content from third parties. In this case, you will need to actively consent to their terms in order to see the content.