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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 Europe Student Debate

    Student debate: Go and vote for Europe

    Monday, May 20, 2019
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  • Cross-border co-operation a ‘must’

    Thursday, May 16, 2019

    On the eve of Europe Day, to celebrate awareness and cooperation in Europe, ITEM (UM) and UHasselt signed their cooperation covenant.

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    ITEM and UHasselt carry out cross-border research together

    Tuesday, May 7, 2019

    On 8 May, the Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross-border cooperation and Mobility (ITEM) of Maastricht University (UM) and UHasselt sign a cooperation agreement in the field of cross-border research in the presence of the governors of the provinces of Belgian and Dutch Limburg. 

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    Jacques Michel Bloi joins ITEM as external relations advisor

    Monday, May 6, 2019

    Candidate for the European elections, Jacques Michel Bloi has started as an external relations advisor at the ITEM Expertise Centre at Maastricht University. Jacques Michel Bloi will work as a representative of ITEM to form a link between science, politics and policy. The main focus will be on the German contacts. 

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    ISoP 2019: Living the Swiss Life

    Thursday, April 25, 2019

    From 7 April 2019 to 10 April 2019, ten students from the two universities and seven supervisors travelled to Switzerland to gain insights into the Swiss pension system. From ITEM, Anouk Bollen-Vandenboorn, Sander Kramer and Pim Mertens went along as supervisors. During this trip, Sander Kramer also presented his PhD research 'Towards cross-border pension information provision: pensions, taxes and securing pension adequacy'

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    ITEM presenteert onderzoeksresultaten aan Belgische ambassadeur in Nederland

    Thursday, April 18, 2019

    This article is only available in Dutch.

    ITEM onderzoeker Martin Unfried presenteerde op 17 April de onderzoeksresultaten van het project North Sea Port aan de Belgische ambassadeur te Nederland, de heer Dirk Achten. 

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    How Dutch cross border workers also can benefit from the export of Unemployment benefits

    Tuesday, April 16, 2019

    At the end of March and the beginning of April, the media again published some disturbing reports about the planned changes to the unemployment schemes in the European regulation on social security and the possible misuse of Dutch benefits by foreign workers.

    In this report, we briefly set out the facts regarding the unemployment proposals. What changes are on the European table? What determines Dutch unemployment legislation? Are the headlines right and do the (Dutch) politicians tell the whole story?

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  • ITEM announces dossiers for 2019 Cross-border Impact Assessment

    Friday, April 12, 2019

    ITEM has announced the dossiers for the 2019 ITEM Cross-border Impact Assessment. The Cross-border Impact Assessment is one of ITEM's core activities, which investigates the effects of existing and future legislation and regulations on the border regions.

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  • LIMES: cross-border research

    Thursday, April 11, 2019

    In a project led by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS), PhD candidates will conduct research into the hardening and softening of borders in Europe.

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    ITEM’s Martin Unfried in debate with “Spitzenkandidat” Bas Eickhout (MEP)

    Tuesday, April 9, 2019

    On 29 April, official candidates for the Presidency of the European Commission debated in Maastricht as part of the campaign for the European elections held later in May this year (23-26 May). This debate was broadcasted live across the European Union. The 90-minute event featured the front-runners to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission.

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