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Esztergom

The cities of Esztergom (30 261 inhabitants) and Štúrovo (11 290 inhabitants) are located on the Hungarian-Slovak border, which is marked by the rivers Danube and Ipoly/Ipeľ. They form a conurbation which is the centre of the cross-border Euroregion Ister-Granum, composed of 102 municipalities, of about 218 000 inhabitants. The history of cross-border collaboration is recent. The Ister-Granum Region has decided recently to intensify cross-border governance to secure an efficient integration of the conurbation by setting-up an EGTC in May 2008. The Euroregion has decided to build up a global policy for the Ister-Granum area. A cross-border strategic development plan was approved by the local authorities in 2005 for the 2007-2013 period. The implementation of a development plan has needed a more integrated structure of co-operation.

The implementation of future policies requires innovative systems of co-operation. The Ister-Granum EGTC is the political framework of the coming governance. Still, the content of that governance needs to be defined in details. The change of national legislation due to the local needs in border areas is a long and an uncertain process. However a cross-border area having an EGTC could be seen as a spatial laboratory of legislative experimentation.
The EGTC URBACT project will help the Ister-Granum area to get experiences from the other cross-border conurbations facing the same issues. 

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EGTC

The first objective of the EGTC URBACT project is to promote the development of cross-border urban development strategy.
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