Strengthening Regional Cross-Border Information Systems : the Example of Geneva Cross-Border Region
This paper in the first place briefly introduces the emerging issue of cross-border regions throughout Western and Eastern Europe and discusses the definition of cross-border cooperation. Secondly, it analyzes the development of joint institutional mechanisms for the design and monitoring of cross-border regional policies in all relevant fields including the cooperation in the field of statistics. Thirdly, the paper will describe in more detail the institutional and practical organization of the Statistical Observatory of the Geneva cross-border region. The Observatory was formally established in 2001 by the France-Geneva Regional Committee, the governance committee of the Geneva cross-border region, and produces more than 50 socio-economic and environmental indicators for a cross-border urban area of more than 800,000 inhabitants over two countries: 1/3 in France and 2/3 in Switzerland with close to 75,000 cross-border workers. The paper presents some important indicators produced by the observatory and concludes with major achievements and remaining challenges. (original abstract)
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