Launch of the PAT-TEIN Toolkit

PAT-TEIN Toolkit for Inter-Cultural/Cross-Border Project Management launched in the European Parliament in Strasbourg

On the 18th of September 2014 around a hundred delegates came to the European Parliament in Strasbourg to attend the final conference of the PAT-TEIN project which served to launch the Inter-Cultural/Cross-Border Project Management Toolkit.

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 The conference began with contributions from MEPs Martina Anderson and Anne Sander on the importance of cross-border cooperation and how the PAT-TEIN Toolkit addresses the need for capacity-building in this area.

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“The work that you are doing is sterling work” (Martina Anderson MEP)

Martina Anderson MEP, drawing on her own experience from the Irish border, recognised “the opportunities we have as a society with such a Toolkit,” and ended by directly addressing those present in the audience, asking that “in the time ahead please let this be the beginning of an engagement that I have with you.”

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“I want to dedicate my future, my mandate, to the promotion of cross-border cooperation” (Anne Sander MEP)

Having spoken of how the evolving history of the border has helped to shape life in Alsace, Anne Sander MEP highlighted the PAT-TEIN Toolkit as an important contribution to the professionalization of actors in cross-border cooperation. She ended by stating “I’m very interested in what you are doing, in what you are organising, and I would be very happy to work with you”.

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From left to right: Prof Joachim Beck, Jean Peyrony, Anne Thevenet, Matt Carthy MEP, Martin Guillermo-Ramirez

“In terms of the Toolkit and the discussions that have been ongoing, I see huge opportunities for the future” (Matt Carthy MEP)

Matt Carthy MEP joined Professor Joachim Beck of the University of Applied Sciences in Kehl, the Director-General of the Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière, Jean Peyrony, and Martin Guillermo-Ramirez, General Secretary of the Association of European Border Regions, in a panel discussion chaired by Anne Thevenet, Deputy Director of the Euro-Institut. After having suggested that “rather than looking at border regions as the end of something, that border regions be looked at as gateways”, Mr Carthy noted how the PAT-TEIN Toolkit can help a range of actors in border regions to “identify areas that can actually improve the quality of services” for citizens.

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“It’s a very valuable Toolkit that you have developed” (Nathalie Verschelde, DG REGIO)

Amongst the contributions from the assembled audience, Ms Nathalie Verschelde of DG REGIO outlined two of the main reasons why she liked the PAT-TEIN project. The first, she explained, was that “we tend to underestimate capacity-building, the specific capacity-building needs”. The second is because “it has an extremely high transferability dimension, meaning that it is really something that would be very useful to be shared with many, many more border across Europe”.

You can listen here to all the contributions made during the final PAT-TEIN conference.