The project TONETA, driven by the Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities (CAAC) and led by Gijon in the framework of the Europe for Citizens programme, counts on the cooperation of CAAC cities and also involves, Cardiff, the Association of Municipalities of the Vale do Ave (AMAVE-Guimaraes), and AIRE 198 (Niort, Poitiers, La Rochelle, Angoulême). The main aims of TONETA is to give the transnational cooperations in the Atlantic Area a clear urban dimension, translating the subsidiarity principle into daily language; so active European citizenship shall become reality.
EU and Atlantic values will be at the basis of every action and will constitute the cross-cuting tool to ensure ownership of the results. It cannot be ignored that the countries of the Atlantic Arc have felt the effects of the current recession to a greater degree, and the local authorities are thus witnessing how their capacity to react is reduced. The exchange of best practices, projects that reach scale economies and wide involvement of civil society are sine qua non conditions to overcome the crisis.
This exchange of good practice has been crystalised in a report that summarises the relation beetwen urban Atlantic initiatives and the thematic objectives of the future EU cohesion policy.
Please find attached the document
Last Thursday, October 20th, CECICN experts met at Eixo Atlantico headquarters in Vigo. The Executive Bureau of the Conference of European Cross-border and Interregional Networks, CECICN, met in Galicia in a session chaired by Jean Peyrony, CEO and Xoan V. Mao, general secretary of the network. The meeting was attended by representatives of the 6 networks within the organization, CECICN, Mission Operationnelle Transfrontaliere (MOT), Iberian Cross Border Network (RIET), Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities (CAAC), Forum of Adriatic and Ionian Cities ( FAIC) MedCities, and Union of Baltic Cities (UBC). These organizations represent more than 500 cities in the border territories, and over 37% of the European population. The main topic of the discussion was the profiling of the latest draft White Paper on Cooperation, whose work, which began in Paris last July, will be completed for discussion and subsequent delivery to the European Commission, on December. The document provides the vision of cities and territories of the European borders on the development of cross-border and transnational cooperation for the next period 2014-2020. Among other things, it states that in the distribution of European funds are contemplated not only the criterion of population but also the dispersion of the population. The paper also raises the need for financial and political momentum in transport, health, education and business policy in the field of border and peripheral territories and the disappearance of issues that hamper the development of these territories, such as obstacles to mobility problems or communications.
The CECICN Committee has noted with great satisfaction that some of the proposals already raised in this year and a half of existence, have been collected by the European Commission in the draft regulation that has been submitted to the European Parliament and the Council on October 6.