European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation
The European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) is a European legal instrument allowing regional and local authorities from different member states to create cooperating groups from a legal perspective. Its aim is to ease and support cross-border, international and interregional cooperation.
The structure of this grouping has changed since 2007 because the EGTC is a legal entity. Thus, it can buy or sell property and employ people. Members of this grouping can be member states, regions or villages/towns, associations or other public entities. In this way, it allows the founding of a grouping of regional or local authorities from different member states without the need of signing and ratifying international agreements. Member states must give their consent to the participation of members from their territory. The law applicable to the interpretation and application of the agreement is the law of the Member State in which that EGTC has its registered office.
The European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation TRITIA incorporates the area of the Silesian Voivodeship (Poland), Moravian-Silesian Region (Czech Republic) and Žilina Self-governing Region (Slovakia).
It constitutes an area of about 24,560 km² with a population of almost 6,500,000. The cooperating regions are connected through mutual historical, cultural and linguistic traditions.
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Tuesday, Thursday: 8 am to 2.30 pm
Friday: 8 am to 1 pm