In their book the authors and co-founders of the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR), Jens Gabbe and Dr. Viktor Freiherr von Malchus, examine 40 years of cross-border cooperation, its added value and its most important results and achievements.
The book describes the accomplishments of AEBR at a European level, the developments in different parts of Europe, general experience and key elements of successful cross-border cooperation, as well as the contribution of cross-border cooperation to a European integration based on regional diversity. The “European house” needs to be built from the bottom, while resting on solid foundations. And these foundations are made from the day-to-day cooperation of people, municipalities and regions across borders.
The perspectives of cross-border cooperation are of vital importance for Europe. The Treaty of Lisbon and the EU Cohesion Policy 2007-2013 set the framework for the future.
One thing is certain: for many years to come, cross-border cooperation will remain a political priority of the EU and a European task!