20 November 2020

European cross-border approaches to the corona crisis are hard to find

Many European borders were closed this spring simply because governments were unable to make agreements about the various national corona measures, and not primarily due to public health considerations. This is the conclusion of the annual Cross-Border Impact Assessment by the Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross-border cooperation and Mobility/ITEM  at Maastricht University. ITEM’s study on the impact of COVID measures in European border areas was made in collaboration with partner institutes in Strasbourg, Frankfurt an der Oder and Northern Ireland. Cross-border health strategies were found to be virtually non-existent.