🗓️ Plenary panel sessions on cross-border cooperation
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.
How do you empower citizens and Euroregions within the European Union? What role can they play in the European Union when it comes to new developments, such as Brexit? This is the subject of the annual conference of ITEM (Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross border cooperation and Mobility), part of Maastricht University. On 16 November, scientists and experts will meet in Brussels to discuss the theme 'Cross-border cooperation: future challenges'.
ITEM publishes Cross-border Impact Assessment for 2018
The ITEM Cross-border Impact Assessment 2018 has been published! The ITEM Cross-border Impact Assessment 2018 contains six dossiers concerning a wide variety of cross-border issues that deal with effects on border regions and/or cross-border mobility.
ITEM's Annual Conference 2018 - 'Cross-border cooperation: Challenges Ahead' will be held on Friday, November 16th, 2018 (09.00 - 18.00) in Brussels.
The conference will be hosted by the European Committee of the Regions and will be organised in collaboration with the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions.
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! For more information go here.
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?
The ITEM Cross-border Impact Assessment 2018 has been published! The report 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 for border regions.
In March the German coalition agreed to a subsidy aimed at stimulating young families' own home ownership financially. Only people living in Germany are eligible. What does this mean for taxpaying frontier workers? The Baukindergeld was examined in the framework of ITEM’s annual Cross-border Impact Assessment .
On invitation of the Rapporteur Matthijs van Miltenburg, Martin Unfried of expertise centre ITEM participated in an expert panel about a cross-border mechanismorganised by the ALDE Group on 18 October 2018.
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...
The internationalisation of higher education (IoHE) relates to sensitive topics of public concern. Considering the ongoing debate in the Netherlands regarding the challenges related to the internationalisation of higher education, it is time to take a step back and remember the many benefits as...
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
Grensoverschrijdende Ondernemingsmobiliteit in de EU - Empirische bevindingen
2018 | 2017
Cross-border mobility of Specialised IC Nurses NL/BE
Bottlenecks and Suggested Solutions – Recognition of Qualifications
NL | DE
ITEM - Insight stories on cross-border situations
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.”