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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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  • ITEM ICGI Cross-border corporate mobility CbCM featured

    Second report on corporate mobility in the EU published

    Friday, September 21, 2018

    The second report of the ITEM/ICGI project on ‘Cross-Border Corporate Mobility in the EU’ has now been published. The report identifies a continuous cross-border corporate activity and features a comprehensive country-by-country reporting to provide a fuller picture of cross-border company mobility in the EU.

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  • Presentation Neimed during first Euregio Summer School

    Thursday, September 20, 2018

    From 10 to 15 September 2018, the cross-border and multidisciplinary Euregio Summer School in the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion was organised for the first time. 45 students from higher education institutions and representatives from knowledge institutes in the Euroregion came together with one goal: to develop visions of the future on the theme 'Improving inclusive Mobility in the Digital Age' in the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion.

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  • Cross-border working

    Limited attention for cross-border policy in Limburg coalition agreements

    Thursday, September 13, 2018

    Stichting Geen Grens: "New municipal coalitions in Limburg often overlook foreign affairs". The newly appointed municipal authorities in Limburg are aware that their municipality has foreign borders, but many coalitions do not take this into account in their policy plans. This concludes the Stichting Geen Grens (No Border Foundation) after comparing the 30 new coalition agreements in Limburg.

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    Students cooperate on inclusive mobility throughout the Meuse-Rhine Euregion

    Monday, September 10, 2018

    During the second week of September 2018, the first Euregio Summer School will be held. The week will be devoted to working together on the topic of cross-border mobility in the digital age and will take place at a number of locations within the Meuse-Rhine Euregion.

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    ITEM carries out research into diploma recognition in border regions

    Thursday, September 6, 2018

    The Province of Limburg has commissioned the ITEM Expertise Centre to carry out research into the recognition of diplomas in border regions. In June, the European Union's B-solution project awarded a grant for a pilot project to increase transparency in the field of diploma recognition for highly demanded professions.

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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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