A number of agreements on cross-border cooperation provide for intergovernmental commissions led by state bodies to regulate regional cross-border issues in the border regions. These are intended to facilitate the exchange of information and, as required, formulate recommendations for the national governments.
One example in this respect is the Franco-German-Swiss Intergovernmental Commission for the promotion of cross-border cooperation in the Upper-Rhine region. This intergovernmental commission brings together regional and national representatives under the leadership of the respective foreign ministries. It deals with a wide range of regional cross-border issues in the border region. It can make recommendations to the national governments but has no decision-making powers. At the regional level, this intergovernmental commission operates as a cross-border body, the Upper Rhine Conference, in which the cantons involved take the lead on behalf of Switzerland.
List of cross-border commissions (de, fr, it)