The Ministry deals with the following issues:
- Democracy and the rule of law.
- Public Administration.
- The quality of personnel and management within Central Government.
- The Dutch constitution and the system of Constitutional Government.
- Public housing and government buildings.
1. Germany (Länder North Rhine Westphalia, Lower Saxony).
2. Belgium (Flanders, Walloon, Federal Government).
3. The Netherlands.
Since the 1950s, Local Authorities were actively involved in cross-border cooperation. In 1958, Euororegio was the first example of institutional cross-border cooperation at the local level between Germany and the Netherlands.
A few decades later, Central Government started to become a partner for local and Provincial Authorities by facilitating in a legal and practical way cross-border cooperation of Local and Provincial authorities. In 1986, Central Government concluded with Belgium and Luxembourg a Benelux Convention on cross-border cooperation for Local and Regional Authorities. In 1991, a similar convention has been concluded with the German Länder of North Rhine Westphalia and Lower Saxony.
The Task Force Cross -Border Cooperation operates since 2009.
- Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
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Reasons for Success in overcoming Obstacles
1. Follow-up to cross-border policy of National Government, in promoting cross-border cooperation.
2. Practical and tailor made solutions are found to link the relevant competent authorities on both sides of the border.
3. Making use of existing structures.
4. Cooperation between regional and national level.
5. Political will at regional and national level.
Good Practices in identifying and removing Obstacles
1. Consultations between three border provinces (Commissioners of the Queen) with the heads of the adjoining government regions in North Rhine Westphalia (Regierungspräsidenten der benachbarten Regierungsbezirke).
2. Cooperation between National Government and Dutch provinces, facilitated by a Cross-Border Ambassador.
3. Cooperation Netherlands with bordering German Länder (North Rhine Westphalia and Lower Saxony).
4. Political leadership: involvement of Prime Ministers giving impetus to making levels of secondary education on both sides of the border compatible.
5. Establishing national networks of experts for the various problem fields.
6. Dialogue between national level and regions.
Good Practices in identifying Cross-border territory as spatial planning unit
Cross-border business park.
Reasons for Obstacles Persistence
1. Implementation rules can have contradictory effects.
2. Differences in legal systems.
3. No priority or incentive on national level, in supporting small scale solutions on a regional level.
Obstacles to be removed by Unilateral Actions (State/Regional)
Upgrading legal framework.
Obstacles to be removed by coordination between State and Regional Actors
1. Impact assessment of new national legislative proposals with regard to implementation of EU directives (e.g. to mitigate potential conflict with the way in which such directives might/will be implemented in the neighboring country).
2. Empowering Local Authorities to manage directly regional infrastructures (e.g. regional cross-border train connections; regional competence, co-financing on state level).
Obstacles to be removed by International Cooperation
1. Removing obstacles to working across the border (i.e. taxation, administrative burden).
2. Giving joint political support to cooperation in criminal investigation and disaster management.
3. Facilitating mutual recognition of vocational qualifications (i.e. administrative procedures, transparency, regulations on different levels of government).
4. Differences in equipment and competences of ambulance personnel create legal uncertainty in terms of liability (NL, D).