CCBS organised a successful information session in Leinster House on the 16th of May, hosted by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on European Union Affairs. With political representatives and senior policy-makers from both jurisdictions on the island of Ireland, as well as the Swiss and Norwegian Ambassadors to Ireland and senior staff from the French Embassy in Dublin, this event featured speakers from the Norway-Sweden border and the French Ambassador for Transboundary Cooperation, and was opened by the Chairman of the Joint Committee on EU Affairs, Mr Michael Healy-Rae TD. As set out in the opening presentation by CCBS Deputy Director, Anthony Soares, the aim of the event was to hear directly from those involved in and with responsibility for cooperation at the Norway-Sweden and French-Swiss borders about how such cooperation takes place between an EU Member State and a non-EU country. This was not necessarily in order to replicate wholesale what happens at those borders as cross-border cooperation at our own border faces the challenges of Brexit, and rather to learn from the speakers’ experiences as we prepare for the post-Brexit context. A lively question and answer session followed the presentations by Mr Erik Hagen (Programme Manager for the Sweden-Norway INTERREG A Programme), Ms Annika Daisley (the Border Obstacles Project Manager at the Svinesundskommittén), and H.E. Mr Maxime Lefebvre (France’s Ambassador for Transboundary Cooperation).
Today’s agenda and speaker profiles as well as all the presentations made today are available below.