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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With its annual Cross-border Impact Assessment, the ITEM Expertise Centre provides more insight into European and national law and policy initiatives and their effects on border regions. The first important step of the assessment is to gather input from the field.
Are you a policy maker, administrator, expert, academic or practitioner in the field of transnational and cross-border mobility? Then we would like to ask you to share your experiences and observations with ITEM through our survey.
The survey allows you to feed ITEM with issues regarding legislation, policy and enforcement on a European, national and regional level. Based on the full list of dossier suggestions, ITEM will draw up a shortlist of dossiers that will be analysed by its researchers and experts.
The survey can be filled out until 17 January 2019.
About the Cross-border Impact Assessment
One of ITEM's core activities is to conduct research into the effects of existing and future legislation, policy and enforcement on border regions through its annual ITEM Cross-border Impact Assessment. The assessment is intended as a valuable tool for policy makers at regional, national and European level when taking decisions on legislation and regulations with (additional) effects on border regions. More information about the ITEM Cross-border Impact Assessment can be found here.
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
Do you have a structural or fundamental cross-border issue that needs scientific research?
Send it to ITEM via the portal
Are you interested in background information and analysis of cross-border issues?
Which kind of legal instrument can offer an effective solution for the province of Limburg to better tackle border-specific legal problems? How can Limburg obtain a certain 'mandate' to play an active role in solving legal border obstacles? This question is answered in the research report Statuut voor Limburg. The report has been carried out by Expertise Centre ITEM (Maastricht University) on behalf of the Province of Limburg.
Pensioners who emigrate within the EU and wish to continue to receive their pension must periodically send in a life certificate to various institutions. In practice, this means that a pensioner has to travel to competent authorities several times a year at their own expense in order to have the correct documents authenticated. ITEM commits to reduce this administrative hassle.
Are foreign researchers entitled to childcare benefit in the Netherlands? Expertise Centre ITEM investigated a case and concluded that the tax authorities don’t take sufficient account of European rules in the matter. ITEM has filed the case with the court, which is expected to rule soon.
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...
The approach of drugs related problems in Maastricht, with the help of a specially equipped project Frontière, based on the decrease of visible nuisance in the city over the recent years, has so far been successful. ( This blog is only available in Dutch)
Current developments in the area of cross-country joint audits could reduce administrative burdens and enhance legal certainty. But, what are joint audits? This contribution shortly elaborates on the concept and the current developments of joint audits that could facilitate a cross-country concept...
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.”