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.
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 dossiers for the Cross-border Impact Assessment 2019 are available now.
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.
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On the eve of Europe Day, to celebrate awareness and cooperation in Europe, ITEM (UM) and UHasselt signed their cooperation covenant.
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.
This blog is only available in Dutch. Als je woont of werkt in een grensregio zijn daar zowel voor- als nadelen aan verbonden. Laat ik met het belangrijkste nadeel beginnen: Voor landelijke gebeurtenissen ben je een eind weg van daar waar het meest gebeurt. Dat zijn de grote Randsteden: als je pech...
More than 17 million workers living or working in another Member State are exposed to possible violations of their rights, either because of poor implementation of EU rules, disinformation or lack of coordination among Member States. Therefore, the EU plans to set up a new authority that will...
As of 1 January 2019, the tax part of the tax credit will no longer be automatically granted to frontier workers who work in the Netherlands but do not reside in the Netherlands. This constitutes an obstacle for frontier workers. ITEM has already questioned this before. Recently, the European Court...
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.”