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The new French regions: what impact on cross-border cooperation?

Dec 17, 2015 | News

(17 December 2015) – Following the regional elections and the reform which reduced the number of regions in mainland France from 22 to 13, MOT (Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière) has published a note on the reform and its impact on cross-border cooperation.

The French Government has been pursuing a sweeping reform since 2012, which it has called Act III in the decentralisation process. The reform’s most visible impact is going to be a change in the boundaries of several regions as of January 2016.

By the end of the process, France will have only seventeen regions rather than the twenty-six that it has today.

Nine of the 13 new regions in mainland France are border regions and are involved in a territorial cooperation programme (INTERREG A): Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine, Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées, Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie, Corsica, Normandy and Brittany.

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