Good governance

Transfrontier Co-operation


Promoting good neighbourly relations

Our multi-faceted cross-border policy includes promoting confidence-building measures to improve tolerance and good neighbourly relations, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of public-run services through shared facilities and services, establishing transfrontier co-operation bodies for maintaining and improving transfrontier relations, as well as catering for the specific needs of cross-border populations, such as taxation and social security rights of transfrontier workers, amongst many other things. The sharp increase in the number of Euroregions in the 1990s, following the end of the division of Europe, is symptomatic of the growing importance of transfrontier co-operation in Europe, and today nearly all European local or regional authorities lying along borders are party to some form of transfrontier co-operation.

Aims of Transfrontier Co-operation

Manual on Removing Obstacles to Cross Border Cooperation


More information

CETS 206 - Protocol No. 3 to the European Outline Convention

Committee of Experts on local and regional government institutions and co-operation (LR-IC) (former subcommittee)

Committee of Experts on Transfrontier Co-operation (LR-CT) (former subcommittee)

Committee of Advisers (former subcommittee)




SWOT Reports

Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats to Transfrontier Co-operation

SWOT 1 - Central Europe

SWOT 2 - Northern Europe

SWOT 3 - Comprehensive Overview


Of Interest...

Address by Mr Auke van der Goot at the seminar on the "Legal status of cross-border cooperation structures", Vilnius, 5-6 December 2006