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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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    Pension fund ABP follows ITEM recommendation

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020

    Pensioners who emigrate within the EU and wish to continue to receive their Dutch pension must periodically submit a life certificate to various paying institutions. This is to prevent the pension from being paid out unduly after death.

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    Unclear whether your diploma is recognised in another EU country

    Thursday, May 28, 2020

    In an ideal European Union everyone should be able to work and study in a Member State of their choice. This is difficult in practice, according to research by lawyer Lavinia Kortese, a researcher at ITEM. Lavinia dived into the maze of rules and has written recommendations that benefit mobility in the EU.
     

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    Certain border workers may be ineligible for government support

    Monday, May 25, 2020

    Researchers from ITEM, the Maastricht University institute that specialises in research on the effects of national and European legislation on the border region, compared the support offered to self-employed businesspeople by the Dutch, German and Belgian governments. They found that self-employed people who work in the Netherlands but live in Belgium or Germany are ineligible for support. Their advice: follow the Belgian model.

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    Cross-Border Impact Assessment 2020: Corona mainly controls the cross-border situation

    Friday, March 20, 2020

    ITEM’s main task is to help remove border barriers within the EU. That is why we publish a detailed annual report on which we regard as the key issues that could create such barriers.

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    The old age: a new role for the pension sector towards more prosperity, or more well-being?

    Wednesday, February 12, 2020

    On 27 January 2020, the ninth edition of the Maastricht Pensions Seminar took place. The theme of the seminar was 'Pensions: Outside In - The old age: a new role for the pension sector towards more prosperity, or more well-being?

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    Dutch court rules: no discrimination in access to online public services

    Tuesday, January 14, 2020

    A Belgian resident successfully brought a case to court with the help of the ITEM Expertise Centre, because she did not receive a DigiD.

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    A second category of people affected by the childcare allowance: PhD students with a grant

    Tuesday, December 17, 2019

    As ‘grant PhD students’ are not paid by the university but receive funding via an external (foreign) scholarship, they are not entitled to a child care allowance in the Netherlands.

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    Survey – ITEM Cross-Border Impact Assessment 2020

    Friday, December 13, 2019

    The consultation round on the upcoming ITEM Cross-Border Impact Assessment 2020 has been launched.

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    Province of Limburg supports ITEM with 3 million euro

    Friday, December 13, 2019

    The province of Limburg will support expertise centre ITEM with a grant of 3 million euros over the next 5 years. 

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    ITEM anniversary conference 'Building cross-border cooperation' a success

    Tuesday, November 26, 2019

    On 21 and 22 November, the fifth annual conference, so an anniversary edition, of ITEM took place in the Province of Overijssel. Policy makers, politicians and scientists came together in Enschede to build cross-border cooperation.

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