Cover Osteuropa 2-3/2007

In Osteuropa 2-3/2007

Cross-Border Regional Cooperation
European Associations for Territorial Cooperation

Gerold Janssen

Deutsche Fassung


Cross-border cooperation plays an important role in European integration due to the strategic position and function of border regions. The European Union has harmonised its numerous development instruments for cooperation in internal EU borders and external EU borders. In addition, it created for the European Neighbourhood Policy and the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument. Moreover, the amended cohesion policy for EU territory allows for the establishment of the cross-border European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation. The European Neighbourood and Partnership Instrument can be linked European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation so that transnational infrastructure projects and environmental projects can be carried out on the EU’s external border.

(Osteuropa 2-3/2007, pp. 133–144)