Transfrontier co-operation is a key aspect of the Council
of Europe’s work to promote democratic stability and mutual understanding
between states and populations, including people from minorities,
by strengthening partnership and dialogue between politicians and
civil society. This co-operation remains essential to Europe’s stability
and continues to play a central role in promoting the values on
which the Council of Europe is founded.
The report reviews the challenges of transfrontier co-operation,
as well as its difficulties and opportunities, by analysing the
legal and institutional framework of transfrontier co-operation,
its financing as well as the structural particularities of cross-border
territories. It draws the conclusion that the development of transfrontier co-operation
goes hand in hand with a strengthening of the decentralisation process,
reflecting the principle of subsidiarity, and is impossible without
a public-private partnership between all politicians, socioeconomic players
and civil society.
Appropriate recommendations are made to the Committee of Ministers,
to the European Union and to the local and regional authorities
on national borders.