25 / 09 / 2020
EC announced a call for expression of interest for pilot on pioneer partnerships among border regions
On 25 September 2020, the European Commission (EC) launched a call for expression of interest for pilot for border regions
to overcome barriers for the cross-border provision of service in order to enhance cooperation to enforce the single market and remove administrative barriers. The call will be open until 30 October 2020 and its aim is to:
- mobilise border regions that have already acknowledged and experienced market access barriers due to regulatory or administrative obstacles in the spirit of a bottom-up single market
- lead to long-lasting structured partnerships of volunteering border regions, which eventually should result in the alleviation or abolishment of market access barriers for cross-border service providers
The EC will then invite and give guidance to volunteering border regions to facilitate their out-of-the-box thinking to resolve market barriers. Solutions to existing barriers might be found within the existing legal frameworks, such as by using digital tools more efficiently but can also include further legislative actions. This pilot though does not involve any EU funding.