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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.

ITEM Cross-border Impact Assessment 2019 Survey

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With its annual Cross-border Impact Assessment, the ITEM Expertise Centre provides more insight into European and national law and policy initiatives and their effects on border regions. The first important step of the assessment is to gather input from the field.

Are you a policy maker, administrator, expert, academic or practitioner in the field of transnational and cross-border mobility? Then we would like to ask you to share your experiences and observations with ITEM through our survey.

The survey allows you to feed ITEM with issues regarding legislation, policy and enforcement on a European, national and regional level. Based on the full list of dossier suggestions, ITEM will draw up a shortlist of dossiers that will be analysed by its researchers and experts.

 You can send in your suggestions now.

The survey can be filled out until 17 January 2019.

About the Cross-border Impact Assessment
One of ITEM's core activities is to conduct research into the effects of existing and future legislation, policy and enforcement on border regions through its annual ITEM Cross-border Impact Assessment. The assessment is intended as a valuable tool for policy makers at regional, national and European level when taking decisions on legislation and regulations with (additional) effects on border regions. More information about the ITEM Cross-border Impact Assessment can be found here.

ITEM Cross-border Portal

Do you have a structural or fundamental cross-border issue that needs scientific research?

Send it to ITEM via the portal

Are you interested in background information and analysis of cross-border issues?

ITEM news

  • ITEM annual conference

    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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  • ITEM publishes Cross-border Impact Assessment for 2018

    Thursday, November 15, 2018

    The ITEM Cross-border Impact Assessment 2018 has been published! The report is intended as a valuable tool for policy makers at regional, national and European level when taking decisions on legislation and regulations with (additional) effects for border regions.

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    Frontier workers not eligible for Baukindergeld

    Thursday, November 15, 2018

    In March the German coalition agreed to a subsidy aimed at stimulating young families' own home ownership financially. Only  people living in Germany are eligible. What does this mean for taxpaying frontier workers? The Baukindergeld was examined in the framework of ITEM’s annual Cross-border Impact Assessment .

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    ITEM participates in Expert Panel on a Cross-border Mechanism

    Monday, November 12, 2018

    On invitation of the Rapporteur Matthijs van Miltenburg, Martin Unfried of expertise centre ITEM participated in an expert panel about a cross-border mechanismorganised by the ALDE Group on 18 October 2018.

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    Update Dutch child care workers in North Rhine-Westphalia

    Monday, November 12, 2018

    In order to cope with labour market shortages and abundances in the area of child care work it has been proposed that Dutch child care workers be employed across the border in Germany. However, recognition procedures have proven to stand in the way of the swift labour market access of Dutch child care workers. A current complaint procedure is aimed at finding out whether the cross-border mobility of child care workers may be facilitated. 

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    30% rule gets transitional right after all

    Thursday, November 8, 2018

    In the Belastingplan 2019 (Dutch Tax Plan 2019) Amendment Memorandum, the State Secretary for Finance announced that the reduction of the 30% ruling from 8 to 5 years will be granted a transitional period after all. The new duration of the ruling depends on the current end date.

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    Report on frontier workers in Europe leads to proposal for legislative amendment by minister

    Tuesday, November 6, 2018

    The Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports has responded in a letter to the House of Representatives, which has ensured that a recommendation from the report Grenswerkers in Europa (frontier workers in Europe) has been resolved.

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    First step in B-solutions project completed

    Tuesday, October 30, 2018

    A first document has been published as part of the B-Solutions project “Roadmap and factsheet for the recognition of qualifications for highly demanded professions”. The goal of the project, submitted by the Province of Limburg (NL) as lead applicant and carried out by Expertise Centre ITEM, is to develop roadmaps and factsheets aimed at boosting cross-border mobility and employability by improving recognition

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