Budapest Platform - Members


Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations, The Netherlands

Established: 2009

Main objectives:

  • Identifying legal and other obstacles that hinder effective cross-border cooperation at local and regional level
  • Trying to remove those obstacles as possible
  • Promoting good examples of cross-border cooperation
  • Establishing strategic cooperation with other European networks in CBC, incl. MOT and CESCI.


Working Communities Galicia-Norte Portugal and Norte Portugal/Castilla y León

Established: 1991 for the Working. C. Galicia/Norte Portugal (WCGNP), 2000 for the Working. C. Norte Portugal/Castilla y León (WCNPCyL)

Main objectives: Promote regular meetings between Galicia and Norte Portugal, between Norte Portugal and Castilla y León:

  • Discuss issues of common interest;
  • Formulate proposals for cooperation among territorial institutions and entities;
  • Prepare joint studies, plans, programs and projects, e.g. Strategic Cooperation Plans Galicia/Norte 2007-2013 and Norte/Castilla y León 2009-2013;
  • Promote forms of relationships involving public and private structures, local actors and entities, that can contribute to the development of the Euroregions;
  • Perform the tasks foreseen for this type of structures namely Cross-border Programs (INTERREG);
  • Participate in the creation process of new forms of cross-border cooperation organizations, with or without legal personality, and establish cooperation mechanism with other structures (EGTCs);
  • Carry out other activities to the Working C. by international policies and institutions regarding cross-border cooperation in Europe.



Mission Opérationelle Transfrontalière

Established: In April 1997 the CIADT (Interministerial Territorial Planning and Development Committee of the French Government) established MOT (Transfrontier Operational Mission).

Main objectives:

MOT was created by the French state which became aware of the major issues of cross-border cooperation, assessed the needs of project leaders in terms of operational assistance and noted the non-optimum utilisation of INTERREG funds. MOT is an interministerial structure supervised by the DATAR (Delegation for Territorial Planning and Regional Attractiveness), associated with five candidate pilot sites for experimentation.

The principal objective of MOT is to facilitate the emergence and the execution of structuring cross-border projects at local level, by favouring territorial integration on either side of the borders. Its dual legitimacy (interministerial and as an association) enables it to encourage ongoing dialogue between national and community authorities and local project leaders. It plays its role in three areas: operational assistance, networking and help with the definition of overall strategies.



Central European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives

Established: 2009

Main objectives:

  • providing professional support for cross-border cooperation along the Hungarian borders as well as in several other states of Central and South-Eastern Europe
  • incorporating the Euroregions, the EGTCs and the local and regional authorities participating in the cross-border cooperation into a network
  • promoting good examples from Western European initiatives
  • establishing strategic cooperation with the competent decision making and decision preparing institutes of the European Union as well as with Northern and Western European networks created with the same purpose
  • strengthening the internal cohesion and mutual rapprochement within the region by establishing partnerships between the nations of Central and Southern Europe.



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On 16 June 2020, the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR), the Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière (MOT) and the Central European Support Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI) established the European Border Citizens' Alliance to promote cross-border cooperation along all European borders.


Monday and Tuesday in Uzhhorod we signed a strategic cooperation memorandum addressing cross-border cooperation together with the Department of Economics and Law of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences and the Faculty of Law of the National University of Uzhhorod. The event included a scientific meeting and a training for public servants.


The AEBR organised its third Cross-Border School in Dresden with the aim to share the experiences of professionals and knowledge of academics of the cross-border cooperation field. Our association's strategic planner, Melinda Benczi, contributed to the discourse by presenting the cohesion-based strategic planning methodology of CESCI as well as conducting a simulation game on the role of individual stakeholders in cross-border development.


Today, together with the representatives of the neighbouring countries' rescue services, we discussed the conditions of the free movement of the ambulance cars across the borders. It seems that the solution is accessible in the foreseeable future, in our region, too. We should not lose any souls due to their domicile...


Today, we presented the handbook facilitating the legislative background of cross-border cooperation in Ukraine together with the co-authors: the experts of the National University of Uzhgorod and the Economic Department of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, at the conference of the Tisza EGTC. We thank the EGTC for the opportunity.