The main task of the EGTC is to facilitate and intensify cooperation in support of balanced and sustainable territorial development and, in this way, to improve the daily lives of citizens. The EGTC is a platform for collecting and exchanging expertise and resources and it promotes territorial cohesion in the border area without any intention of replacing the existing competent authorities.
For this purpose, the EGTC may develop activities, develop and implement programmes and projects and apply for funding. The EGTC intends to inform people and support cross-border cooperation between both public and private players. For this purpose, it advises citizens, companies and associations, regional and other authorities on all issues arising from cross-border cooperation.
History and current status
1988: Signing of the Declaration of Intent of Wissembourg, 1991: Inauguration of the PAMINA office in the old customs office of Lauterbourg (France), 1997: Signing of the cooperation agreement of the informal political association PAMINA, 2003: Signing of the decree and inaugural meeting of the LGCC REGIO PAMINA in Wissembourg (France), 2008: Adoption of a new name: EURODISTRICT REGIO PAMINA, 2014: Adoption of a new name: Eurodistrict PAMINA, December 2016: Signing and publication of the decree creating the EGTC Eurodistrict PAMINA, January 2017: inaugural meeting of the EGTC Eurodistrict PAMINA in Haguenau (France)
The EGTC comprises an area of 6,500 km² with 1.7 million inhabitants living in 502 municipalities (317 in France, 130 in Rhineland-Palatinate, 55 in Baden-Württemberg).
Cross-border cooperation, the main objective and purpose of the Eurodistrict PAMINA, allows and encourages people to exercise their right of freedom of movement beyond national borders. European as well as national legislation often disregards negative effects that new laws might have in border regions. The EGTC aims to attenuate these negative effects and to enable people to experience directly the benefits that result from the European Union.
The EGTC is involved in Interreg VA projects as lead partner as well as associated or co-financing partner. In the previous funding period, the Eurodistrict was lead-partner and co-financing partner of the framework project "Small-project fund PAMINA21" (within the scope of the Interreg IVA programme Upper Rhine). Thirty-two projects were implemented with a total budget of € 1.4m. However, the framework project ended in 2013 and support for micro-projects will only be continued in 2017 (with new organisational arrangements within the scope of Interreg VA Upper Rhine). In 2016, the EGTC was not involved in any Interreg project due to the delayed start of the Interreg VA programme Upper Rhine. In addition, the programme authority has to cope with an increasing administrative burden that results from programme requirements. With regard to the small-scale or micro-projects, the impact of the modified funding procedures on the EGTC's activities remains to be seen. In 2017, the EGTC will, however, launch different projects in the framework of the programme Interreg VA Upper Rhine. It is lead partner of projects in the field of education (online game, school meetings, new media) and employment (focus on older workers, care and health professions). It co-finances a project that deals with the promotion and implementation of micro-scale projects for the civil society and general public. Furthermore, the EGTC is associated partner in a project that aims at promoting cross-border apprenticeships and will be associated partner of two projects in the fields of air quality and civil protection, respectively.
Challenges or issues
The admission of new members within the given area (under preparation) will strengthen the local ties of the EGTC and thus intensify cross-border networking and cooperation at local and regional levels.
Staff (in FTE)
So far, all staff members of the EGTC are employed indirectly, i.e. they are delegated by the respective EGTC member. The team consists of six employees, 5.6 FTE in total (incl. the Director).