The EGTC Euroregion Aquitaine-Euskadi results from a partnership between France and Spain, involving around 5.5 million inhabitants in a 48,543 km²'s area.
This EGTC has been established in order to carry out common actions to strengthen the economic, social and cultural development and cohesion, representing its interests at a local, regional, national and international level.
To achieve its objectives, the EGTC has three priorities: to ensure a sustainable mobility area, to achieve a sustainable, smart and inclusive growth, and to develop a euroregional citizenship.
Review of activities in 2016
Modification of membership
The Spanish region of Navarre was integrated into the EGTC. At the beginning of 2017, the Foral Community of Navarre joined the Eurorégion Aquitaine-Euskadi.
Changes in convention/statutes
Convention and Statutes were modified in 2016 to allow Navarre's integration in the EGTC, and its normal running with three members.
In the remaining 2014-2020 programming period, the EGTC intends to implement a project that provides student training for public examinations to become teachers in bilingual schools.
The Euroregional Strategic Plan for the 2014-2020 programming period is in line with the Europe 2020 Strategy.
Regarding the joint management of public services, the EGTC supports the structuring of Euroregional value chains in the fields of marine and coastal resources, ENR, agriculture/agri-food and health-biohealth.
The EGTC is co-organiser of a workshop in April 2017 under the umbrella of DG Mare on Blue Growth in the framework of the Atlantic Action Plan Support.
Challenges or issues
A challenge was the adaptation of both legal systems and obtaining permission from both states. It was also important to find a French authority used to dealing with Spanish and French financial documents.
€ 1,650,000 financed equally by the Autonomous Community of Euskadi, Navarre and the Regional Council of Aquitaine, € 550,000 each partner.
EU-funded projects and programmes in phase of imple-mentation in 2016
The EGTC is currently working on two Interreg A projects: "Crossborder Employment" and "Crossborder Transport".
Staff (in FTE)
1 Director, 1 Administration and Finance Coordinator, 3 staff members responsible for projects and cooperation