Public authorities and bodies that are operating in cross-border structures get a new opportunity for direct and specialized legal support. The b-solutions initiative opens the 3rd call for proposals.
In doing so, applicants that are facing administrative and legal obstacles in cross-border cooperation have the chance to request support. With the b-solution initiative, the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) in cooperation with the European Commission (DG REGIO) aim at supporting administrations in cross-border areas to overcome difficulties caused by incoherent legislation or different administrative procedures that hamper cooperation.
Against this background, the initiative primarily addresses the following thematic areas:
- Public Transport
- Health (incl. healthcare emergency services)
- Institutional Cooperation
- Information Services
- Evidence & Data
Applicants can submit their application until 21st of September 2020.
Please find all the relevant information for this call for proposals at https://www.b-solutionsproject.com/call-for-proposals
b-solutions compendium – solutions for over 40 border obstacles
So far the b-solution initiatives provided support to 43 cases of cross-border obstacles in Europe. The publication is now available for download at https://www.b-solutionsproject.com/.
With the compendium, the AEBR and the European Commission aim at displaying administrative and legal solutions in various thematic areas. Thereby, the initiative particularly focuses on persisting obstacles addressing labour market mobility, transport, access to health care services, smooth institutional cooperation, boosting multilingualism, and digitalisation of public administration. Furthermore, the compendium outlines the lessons learned and policy recommendations.
Additionally, readers can find out more about the 43 cases. The case descriptions provide a clear overview of the context, concrete obstacles, possible solutions and next steps for each case study.
With b-solutions, AEBR and DG REGIO strive to be closer to local administrations in border areas: the initiative represents a great occasion to collect information with a bottom-up approach in which practitioners of cross-border cooperation can tell what obstacles they encounter when trying to realise projects with the neighbouring countries.