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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.

SAVE THE DATE - ITEM Annual Conference - 16 November 2018 - Brussels

SAVE THE DATE - 16 November 2018

The ITEM annual conference 2018 ‘Cross-border cooperation: Challenges Ahead’ will take place on Friday 16 November 2018 at the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels. Please mark the date in your calendar!

The official invitation will be sent in September.
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Announcement dossier selection Cross-border Impact Assessment 2018

​The dossier selection for the ITEM Cross-border Impact Assessment 2018 is hereby announced!
This dossier selection is a result of the stakeholder consultation, that took place in December 2017 and January 2018. ITEM's stakeholders were asked to respond to ITEM's suggested topics and had the opportunity to submit their own dossier suggestions based on experience. On this basis, the final selection was made. In the upcoming period, a team of ITEM researchers and experts will direct their attention to the dossiers.

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  • The burdensome fiscal and social security status of highly mobile workers

    Thursday, July 19, 2018

    Due to globalization and the increasingly integrated nature of regional economies, workers largely operate cross-border on a highly mobile basis. Because of this highly mobile character of activities, difficulties arise regarding the place of exercise of employment for tax purposes, and affiliated (dis)coordination difficulties between tax and social security rules.

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  • More insecurity in border regions over increased VAT rate

    Thursday, July 5, 2018

    What does the announced VAT increase mean for the Dutch border regions? Read more on the results and recommendations in ITEM's report 'Verkenning van grenseffecten van verhoging lage Btw-tarief'.

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    Recognition of diplomas: roadmap

    Wednesday, July 4, 2018

    One of the projects that has been submitted in the B-solutions call from the European Commission is about a roadmap for the recognition of qualifications. The roadmap and factsheet for the recognition of qualifications concerning highly demanded professions are aimed at boosting cross-border mobility and employability by improving recognition.

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  • Launching ITEM's cross border portal in September

    Monday, July 2, 2018

    Expertise Centre ITEM supports and promotes - from science - the euregional and transnational functioning of society. In order for society to use ITEM's research, a cross-border portal will be launched in September 2018.

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  • Maastricht Coalition Agreement 2018-2022

    Cross-border cooperation in coalition agreement Maastricht

    Wednesday, June 27, 2018

    The newly drafted coalition agreement of the Municipality of Maastricht demonstrates the importance of Maastricht’s international position and cooperation, the ITEM Expertise Centre concludes. In the official document, which was signed on June 11th 2018, several ambitions on (Euro)regional level are formulated for the upcoming administrative period. The objectives are involved with cross-border cooperation, labour mobility, education and transportation.

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    Doctoral dissertation defence by PhD-Candidate of TRANSMIC project

    Tuesday, June 26, 2018

    On Wednesday June 27th 2018 Zvezda Vankova will defend her doctoral dissertation about circular migration in the Eastern partnership countries. The project is part of the TRANSMIC project and has the aim to analyse the implementation of the EU’s approach to circular migration and its impact on the rights of the economically low- and highly- skilled legal migrants from the Eastern partnership countries.

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    Promotion Marcus Meyer

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    On 9 April, MCEL member Marcus Meyer successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "The Position of Dutch Works Councils in Multinational Corporations".

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    Jacqueline de Groot working for ITEM

    Thursday, April 19, 2018

    Jacqueline de Groot is delighted to support ITEM in the upcoming year and a half as advisor external affairs.

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    Call for participants - ITEM DigiD Survey

    Tuesday, April 17, 2018

    Expertise Centre ITEM is researching a number of aspects in relation to cross-border work. One of the issues currently in the spotlight is the (im)possibility to get a DigiD. Expertise Centre ITEM would like to know how many people would like to use a DigiD, but find that they are unable to obtain it.

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    Overcoming obstacles: Child care workers across the border

    Thursday, April 12, 2018

    Recognition procedures prevent Dutch child care workers from being able to work abroad. This was revealed after several reports by the SGA, leading to a pilot procedure set up by Expertise Centre ITEM / SGA, among others, that will examine whether partial recognition as Erzieher could be enabled for Dutch child care workers.

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