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.
Due to the corona developments and measures, we are unfortunately compelled to cancel the ITEM Annual Conference, which we announced earlier, on 20 November in the provincial hall of Middelburg. We have agreed with the Province of Zeeland that the annual conference will move to a more suitable moment in 2021. We hope that this will be next spring if circumstances permit. We will, of course, let you know as soon as a new date for the conference is determined.
ITEM Cross-Border Impact Assessment 2020 published! The ITEM Cross-Border Impact Assessment 2020 contains six dossiers that deal with a broad array of current cross-border issues. With its own impact assessment methodology, ITEM studies cross-border effects to provide more insight into European and national legislative and policy initiatives.
ITEM researchers contribute to
Law Blogs Maastricht. For our five-year anniversary, ITEM has published a PDF of our English blog posts up to August 2019 called 'A glance at ITEM: Scientific contributions to cross-border cooperation and mobility'. It is a collection of short pieces about current topics related to cross-border mobility and cooperation. All blogs submitted by ITEM (in English and Dutch) can be found using the ITEM tag.
20 November 2020
ITEM is pleased to announce the official publication of the Cross-Border Impact Assessment 2020, please find the documents below:
ITEM Cross-border Portal
Do you have a structural or fundamental cross-border issue that needs scientific research?
Are you interested in background information and analysis of cross-border issues?
Buying a house abroad, with the complex procedures of rules and formalities that apply in the world of real estate transactions, one might wonder: what obstacles might I encounter? In her dissertation, Katja Zimmermann examined the operation and obstacles of various land registration systems. Her research resulted in well-considered proposals for the facilitation of cross-border real estate transactions.
The Dutch Ministry of Finance has updated the guideline on the tax qualification policy of foreign social security schemes. According to expertise centre ITEM, the addition concerning certain German social insurances is a positive development, which is in line with their vision and commitment in respect of cross-border pension regulations. The tax treatment of, among others, liberal professions and professional soldiers is addressed.
The consultation round on the upcoming ITEM Cross-Border Impact Assessment 2021 is herewith launched! Grab the opportunity to share your experiences with ITEM! Dossier suggestions can be made up to and including 18 January 2021.
After 493 days of intensive negotiations, Belgium has a new federal government 1 The largest amount released for the new policy is invested in social policy, i.e. 2.3 billion euros out of a total of 3.2 billion euros. The federal government's objective is to protect social...
Since the elections of 26 May 2019 for a new Belgian federal government, intensive negotiations have been held and various possible coalitions have been explored. 1 Eventually, the Vivaldi coalition 2 succeeded in forming a new Belgian federal government on 30...
Continued disproportionate impact on daily life in the border region With the circulation of the Coronavirus, governments are trying to restrict the movement of people. Staying at home and limiting unnecessary travel and visits is a frequently used and successful recipe against the flare-ups of...