Philippe Cayla is President and founder of the organization Européens Sans Frontières (Europeans without borders). He started Européens Sans Frontières in 2011, focusing mainly on positively advocating for a more inclusive european identity and citizenship. He was able to recruit a number of different people both from political, economic, and journalistic backgrounds to join in his initiative.
Cayla has spent his career in government administration as well as working with several audiovisual news outlets over the past thirty years. Cayla worked as Director of International Development at France Television from 2000-2003. In 2003 he was appointed president of Euronews, an audiovisual media outlet source based in Lyon, France, that focuses on multilingual reporting of current events in Europe.
Doris Pack is a German politician originally from Schiffweiler, Germany. She has worked in several government run organizations fostering cooperation between Nations, starting out originally in the field of education working as a primary teacher for nine years before working for the Saarland Ministry of Education.
Pack is President of Women for the European People’s Party, a former member of the European Parliament for Germany, chair of the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education, and chair of the Franco-German foundation for cultural cooperation. She has also worked as a member of the Western European Union and is on the advisory board for A Soul for Europe, an organization which works to bring people and organizations together through the promotion of european culture.
Bernard Reitel is a professor of geography at University of Artois in Arras, France, situated in the region of Nord-Pas de Calais. His research focuses mainly on geo-politics, urban geography, and the geographic history of cities, looking more closely at the functionality of borders and how cities bordering other countries coexist alongside their neighbors. His more recent research has been pinpointing how a city’s geographic arrangement affects cooperation and communication within its own city as well as with neighboring cities across borders.
Reitel has worked on a number of research projects analyzing cross-border functionality and cooperation: In the past he worked as part of Identités des territoires frontaliers en France, and research project geared towards researching identity within cross-border agglomerations. Cross-border polycentric metropolitan regions- Metroborder a project meant to observe how the economic and political dynamic of cross-border metropolitan cities affects integration and productivity. And more recently from 2010 to 2012 he was part of Cross-border metropolitan governance in Europe: a network analysis approach which focused on studying the productivity of the four regions Basel, Lille, Luxembourg, and Vienna-Bratislava via their social networks.
Jean Peyrony works mostly in public administration within France and is the current general director of Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière (MOT). He formerly worked for the European Commission in the department of regional and urban policy and as the director of development for MOT before becoming general director. Peyrony was an Interreg IV member between 2007-2013 working to strengthen cooperation methods between the 27 member states of the EU at the time as well as neighboring countries.
MOT was created in 1997 by the french government in order to advocate for and help project logistics between cross-bordering territories. The organization works with smaller programs at local, regional, and national levels to facilitate easier communication and offer guidance before and during the actualization of these projects. Through their efforts, MOT hopes to improve cross-border cooperation as well as local communication between citizens.
Gilles Pargneaux is a french politician from Harcigny in the northern Picardy region of France. He is a member of the European Parliament and a party leader for the ‘Parti Socialiste’ federation of Lille. Since 2014 Pargneaux has served as vice-chair for the Committee on the Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety, a council of the European Parliament.
Pargneaux is a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, an organization which brings together all countries along the mediterranean to work together in the hopes of fostering better cooperation on political, social, environmental, and economic grounds. He is also involved in and is a strong advocate for cooperative affairs and better communication between the EU and Morocco. He also serves as President for the European Parliament’s ‘Friends of Morocco’ organization.