This week (V) Euroregion: Alps-Mediterranean Euroregion (basic facts)

This week will be dedicated for the Euroregion Alps Mediteranian, and thus we will introduce a new concept after one month of out information campaign. The new terminology and structure is called European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC). For more on this concept please visit the dedicated sub-page on this web blog.

The Alps-Mediterranean Euroregion was created on 10 July 2007 between three Italian regions (Piedmont, Liguria and Aosta Valley) and two French regions (Phone-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur). It comprises an area of about  110,460 km2 and more than 17 million inhabitants.

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The legal documents underlying the foundations and existence of this specific Euroregion are the following:

Regulation (EC) No. 1082/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council: this is the document, dated July 5, 2006, approved by Parliament and the EU Council, which established the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation.

Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the Alps-Mediterranean space of July 18, 2007, says the document, signed at Bard (AO), which sealed the will of the regions to found the Alps-Mediterranean Euroregion. It shows the principles underlying the cross-border cooperation and the goals that arise. The document, rather than legal, appears as a statement of intent.

Loi n ° 2008-352 du 16 april 2008: this is the law with which France has ratified and implemented the EC Regulation.1082/2006. With this text, the French Parliament has amended some articles of the Code général des collectivités territoriales making possible the creation of an EGTC as a legal entity under the supervision of the Prefect. This document is very important because it gives the Alps-Mediterranean Euroregion legal form.

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