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 - 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.
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.
The abovementioned dossiers will be researched by ITEM researchers and experts between March and October 2018.
ITEM's Annual Conference 2018 - 'Cross-border cooperation: Challenges Ahead' will be held on Friday, November 16th, 2018 (09.00 - 18.00) in Brussels. Please mark the date in your calendar! 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.ITEM would like to thank its stakeholders for their input in the ITEM Cross-border Impact Assessment 2018. Thanks to this input ITEM was able to establish a list of dossiers that will be researched in the upcoming period. 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 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.
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.
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.
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...
The statutory pension of civil cervants in Belgium is on de verge of a reform. The legislative proposal ‘mixed pension’ will soon be introduced by law, after being the centre of intense debate for nearly a year. What exactly does ‘mixed pension’ mean?
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:
Verkenning van grenseffecten van verhoging van lage Btw-tarief
Cross-border mobility of Specialised IC Nurses NL/BE
A Simple Guide to the Professional Qualifications Directive
Dutch | German
Bottlenecks and Suggested Solutions – Recognition of Qualifications
Dutch | German
ITEM - Insight stories on cross-border situations
Cross-border impact assessment
2017 | 2016
Cross-border workers in Europe (39 recommendations)
English | Dutch | German
“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.”