CONFERENCE OF EUROPEAN CROSS-BORDER AND INTERREGIONAL CITY NETWORKS – CECICN
The CECICN is an EU platform of nine city networks (Atlantic Arc Cities, Mission Opérationelle Transfrontalière, Forum of Adriatic and Ionian Cities, Medcities, Union of Baltic Cities, Iberian Network of Cross-border Bodies, Council of Danube Cities and Regions, Central European service for cross-border initiatives, City Twins Association-observer) representing almost 37% of the EU population and involving 600 cities in Territorial Cooperation. Its objective is to boost territorial cooperation among cities with specific geographical features in Europe.
The main aim of this network is to put European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) at the core of the debate about 2014‐2020 policy implementation and the EU 2020 Strategy.
The member networks consider as a must that both the European Union and the European Commission promote a second generation cross-border cooperation that takes into account the major achievements of the cross-border cooperation processes boosted by the European Commission during the last fifteen years. Moreover, this second generation cross-border cooperation would define and undertake a new political initiative for the development of border and peripheral territories starting from 2014, as an instrument for the economic development of these territories.