European perspective



  • Author

    Peter Ulrich

  • Year of publication


  • Language

    English (EN)



The EGTC, transformative and innovative governance and national boundaries


The paper focuses on the power of the EGTC to provide participatory governance patterns, while considering the obstacles and (national) boundaries that defie it. Besides diverse administrative and public actors on different layers, this legal instrument is also acting for and is stipulated by the local dimension and can act in the name of the local and regional citizenry.

The EGTC, in this context, is considered as a cross-border supraregional institutional framework to implement a bottom-up, civil society and citizen-driven euroregional policy; to construct an everyday international cross-border living lab standing for solidarity and reconciliation and contributing to the fortifiation and establishment of a Europe of the cross-border regions.

Within this paper an analytical model of participatory governance of cross-border regions in the EU will be presented and applied to analyze briefl four EGTC case studies: The EGTC GaliciaNorte de Portugal; EGTC South Tyrol-Tyrol-Trentino; the EGTC StrasbourgOrtenau; and the EGTC TransOderana (under construction)