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Public consultation on overcoming obstacles in border regions
For the last 25 years, the European Union has been investing in cross-border cooperation through
Interreg, a financing instrument for regional development across borders. Although much progress
has been made, difficulties remain in many areas, such as:

• finding jobs
• accessing healthcare
• pension rights & taxation
• having qualifications recognised
• overcoming cultural & language differences
• accessing public facilities

Although Interreg has been an important part in alleviating border obstacles and enhancing a spirit of
cooperation, Interreg funding is not the only answer. Many of these obstacles call for changes in laws
and/or administrative procedures.

The European Commission's Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO)
therefore wants to examine what obstacles remain and how they affect people, organisations,
businesses and public authorities in border regions. This analysis could in the future be used to assess
whether the Commission can take further action, either on its own initiative or together with
national and regional authorities.

Contributions are welcome through an online questionnaire, available in all 24 official languages of the European Union. Direct links to the questionnaires in Latvian, Lithuanian and English languages are available here:


The consultation covers both internal EU border regions, as well as border regions encompassing
regions in EU countries and EFTA/EEA countries. It will run till 21 December 2015.

The results will be publicly available online, and will also feed into a study to be conducted between
mid-2015 and the end of 2016. The aim of this study is to produce conclusions and practical
suggestions on how the EU and its partners can ease remaining obstacles.

For more information please visit the EC website here>.