One-third of the EU’s population lives in border regions and they still face various legal and administrative obstacles in their daily life ranging from education to healthcare.

It is against this background that the European Commission recently concluded a public consultation on a directive to create the status for the European Cross-Border Association (ECBA); it is designed to address the above issues by combining forces for civil society organisations and likeminded social actors operating on along border lines.

As this important initiative is closely linked to the unused potential of EU macro-regions and highlights the importance of a bottom-up approach, the European House Budapest submitted a position to the public debate what you find here.

The European Economic and Social Commitee (EESC) position titled „Facilitating cross-border solutions” is available here.