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Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross border cooperation and Mobility / ITEM

The expertise centre ITEM operates at the convergence of research, counselling, knowledge exchange, and training activities in the domain of cross-border mobility and cooperation. The countries of the European Union are confronted with great challenges following the increasing globalisation of the economy and the internationalisation of the current and future society. ITEM is an interdisciplinary institute which was initiated by Maastricht University (UM) in cooperation with Zuyd Hogeschool, NEIMED, the (Dutch) province of Limburg, the city of Maastricht and the Meuse-Rhine Euregion.

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    ITEM brings science, politics and practice together

    Tuesday, February 12, 2019
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  • 'Opportunities in border regions should be seized more'

    Wednesday, January 30, 2019

    The 'Grenzeloos Ondernemen Magazine Kerkrade' interviewed Matthijs Huizing, external relations advisor of ITEM about the importance of opportunities in border regions.

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  • Cross-border cooperation key to improving euregional services for highly-skilled newcomers

    Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    Little structural cross-border cooperation takes place between organisations in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine (EMR) that offer services for newcomers. Existing cooperation seems to be limited to sporadic exchanges of information, expertise centre ITEM (Maastricht University) concludes in the report ‘Inventory of Services and Activities for Newcomers in the Euregion Meuse-Rhine’.

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  • Towards a more effective approach for tackling legal border obstacles

    Thursday, January 17, 2019

    Which kind of legal instrument can offer an effective solution for the province of Limburg to better tackle border-specific legal problems? How can Limburg obtain a certain 'mandate' to play an active role in solving legal border obstacles? This question is answered in the research report Statuut voor Limburg. The report has been carried out by Expertise Centre ITEM (Maastricht University) on behalf of the Province of Limburg.

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  • ITEM commits to reducing administrative burden for pensioners abroad

    Monday, January 14, 2019

    Pensioners who emigrate within the EU and wish to continue to receive their pension must periodically send in a life certificate to various institutions. In practice, this means that a pensioner has to travel to competent authorities several times a year at their own expense in order to have the correct documents authenticated. ITEM commits to reduce this administrative hassle.

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  • ‘Foreign PhD scholarship students should receive childcare allowance'

    Thursday, January 10, 2019

    Are foreign researchers entitled to childcare benefit in the Netherlands? Expertise Centre ITEM investigated a case and concluded that the tax authorities don’t take sufficient account of European rules in the matter. ITEM has filed the case with the court, which is expected to rule soon.

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    Long way to go for tax solutions in cross-border employment

    Friday, December 21, 2018

    Although several measures have been taken in recent years to solve problems in cross-border employment, harmonisation of tax and social security systems between countries is still a bridge too far, Professor Marjon Weerepas stated in her inaugural speech entitled 'Border workers: coordinating, not because it is not possible, but because it is necessary'. 

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    Cross-border cooperation: challenges ahead

    Monday, December 17, 2018

    On 16 November, the fourth annual ITEM (Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross-border cooperation and Mobility) conference took place. Around 120 experts and scientists from several countries gathered in Brussels to discuss the theme 'Cross-border cooperation: challenges ahead'.

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    Cooperating & connecting: ITEM Director on regional television

    Wednesday, November 21, 2018

    On 19 November Prof. dr. Anouk Bollen (ITEM / Maastricht University, Faculty of Law), was a guest on the regional television programme L1 AvondGasten. Together with members of the European Parliament she took part in a discussion about several European themes. They discussed ITEM's focus, as well as the recently published Cross-border Impact Assessment. The discussion was led by Sander Kleikers of L1.

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    Successful ITEM-Benelux Workshop on qualification recognition in Europe

    Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    On 15 November 2018, an ITEM Benelux Workshop about recognising qualifications took place at the Benelux Secretariat General in Brussels. The workshop brought together different stakeholders at the regional, national and European levels.

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