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.
The activities for ITEM's Cross-border Impact assessment 2017 are in full swing. Thanks to primary service providers who work with cross border workers on a daily basis and other stakeholders who have provided input to this cross-border impact assessment, ITEM has been able to produce a list of subjects.
The report's progress can be found here: ITEM Cross-border impact assessment
The ITEM Annual Conference 2017 -
‘Fresh momentum for cross-border cooperation’ will be held on Friday, November 10th 2017 in Düsseldorf. Please mark the date in your calendar! The official invitation and programme will be sent in September.
Read more about the ITEM Annual Conference 2017 here.
The focus of ITEM's Annual Conference 2016, held on the 28th of October 2016 was the ITEM Cross-Border Impact Assessment 2016 and 25 years Maastricht Treaty.
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. After the successful completion of the assessment in 2016, the 2017 assessment is now being prepared by ITEM.
At present, the Dutch integration policy is based on the Agenda for Integration which was launched in May 2013. According to Hague’s alderman Rabin Baldewsingh (PvDA) the national integration policy of the Netherlands has...
Amidst the public debate on the potentially discriminating impact of the German toll scheme for passenger cars and the expected revenues, border regions are raising their voice about the potentially negative impacts on cross-border interaction. A closer look reveals that the impacts could be...
Towards electronic data exchange within the EU: removing administrative obstacles The increasingly developed electronic data exchange within the European Union could remove the administrative hurdles to the exercise of the European freedoms of movement and cross-border mobility, such as the life...
On 12 July 2017 the defence of PhD Thesis of Dr Hannelore Niesten (joint doctorate UHasselt/UM) took place. The joint doctorate of Dr Hannelore Niesten was carried out under supervisors Prof. Dr. Elly Van de Velde (UHasselt) and Dr. Marjon Weerepas (Maastricht University). The University of Hasselt pubslished an article about the PhD thesis regarding the tax barriers of free movement of persons in the EU.
The Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom relations has asked ITEM to research the cross-border mobility of specialized nurses in some Dutch health care institutions. The goal of the research is to find out about the status and influence of quality standards and the actors involved, as well as to provide solutions to facilitate the cross-border mobility of specialized nurses while maintaining high quality health care.
ITEM-researcher reflect on the 'refugee crisis' in Europe from their expertise.
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.
“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.”