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The ministry of Foreign Affairs is the main actor in charge of France transborder policy. It prepares ad follows the signing and ratification of international agreements. Besides, each ministry is in charge for all trasborder issues concerning its competence field. When local governaments are concerned, CBC is institutionally implemented by the joint action of the Directorate-General for local authorities (Ministry of the Interior) and the Delegation of external action within territorial authorities (Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
The Interministerial Delegation for Territorial Development and Regional Attractiveness (DATAR) takes part of this interministerial dialogue and ensures oversight on the implementation of CBC objectives in the frame of EU cohesion policy.
On the decentralized level, the Prefects are the main interlocutor of local authorities in border regions. The secretariats-general for regional affairs are particularly involved in these dialogues. Since 2004, the transfrontier co-operation groupings such as GLCT and GECT are authorised by regional Prefects and not, as it happened before, by the State Council. Regular exchanges take place between Prefects and the central administration that they represent on each border.
Interministerial coherence on these subjects shall be enhanced.
The Keller/Blanc report suggest some insights on how to improve governance on these issues. The inputs are being tested.