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's Annual Conference 2018 - 'Cross-border cooperation: Challenges Ahead', organised in collaboration with the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions was held on Friday 16 November 2018 in Brussels.
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One of ITEM’s research activities is the development and application of an annual cross-border impact assessment. This assessment has the aim to contribute to the exploration and identification of (potential) negative or positive cross-border effects of planned legislation or policy initiatives. The ITEM Cross-border Impact Assessment 2018 is now available.
ITEM Researchers contribute to Law Blogs Maastricht. ITEM published an easy to read blog bundle titled 'Insight stories on cross-border situations '. This volume comprises of a collection of short pieces about current and interesting topics linked to cross-border matters. All blogs submitted by ITEM can be found by the ITEM tag.
ITEM Cross-border Portal
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The 'Grenzeloos Ondernemen Magazine Kerkrade' interviewed Matthijs Huizing, external relations advisor of ITEM about the importance of opportunities in border regions.
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’.
Do you have an ICD and live in the border region? In that case, it is possible that your cardiologist is located in a neighbouring country. According to EU law, EU citizens have the possibility to receive cross-border care. Nevertheless, it appears that this health care provision is not widely...
With the Royal Decree of 12 December 2018 , Belgium has solved the problem for the cross-border worker where the unemployment benefit does not match the Dutch pension. The...
Written by Alexander Hoogenboom, associate researcher at ITEM. Recent case law of the Court of Justice on EU citizens’ access to benefits has been seen by some as a restrictive turn compared to prior case law, in response to a rise in populism. However, the...
ITEM's scientific staff produces scientific output within the scope of cross-border Euregional mobility and cooperation issues. Furthermore publications on the activities of ITEM and its accomplishments are published, as well as press publications regarding ITEM and cross-border matters respectively.
A couple of examples of output from ITEM researchers highlighted:
Cross-border impact assessment
2018 | 2017 | 2016
Handzame Toelichtingsdocumenten Erkenning Kwalificaties
Toelichtingsnota | Bijlage
Cross-border Corporate Mobility in the EU - Empirical findings
2018 | 2017
Cross-border workers in Europe (39 recommendations)
EN | NL | DE
“Through the knowledge for policy and practice, we want to contribute to solving the border issues which citizens, practice and governments encounter.”
“Many topics are now being viewed from the economic perspective of cutbacks and efficiency. You have to link the economic with the social, and come up with sustainable solutions.”
“My research shows that the use of language is constantly evolving, especially between generations and within and across borders; why this happens and what this means requires further investigation.”