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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.
On Friday 10 November 2017 the ITEM Annual Conference 2017 took place. Expertise centre ITEM wishes to thank you for contributing to the inspiring conference!
More information and documentation regarding the event can be found soon via the page below:
ITEM Annual Conference 2017
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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. Thanks to our team of researchers the 2017 assessment is now completed.
10 November 2017
ITEM is pleased to announce the official release of the cross border impact assessment 2017.
The digital versions can be found through the link below, summaries are available in Dutch, English, German and French:
There is a growing interest in cross-border collaboration in the European Union as well as in border regions. This shows in the Cross-border impact assessment 2017 which was presented at the annual conference of the Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross border cooperation and Mobility (ITEM). This annual conference took place on 10 November 2017.
Read the full article on Europa Decentraal (Dutch):
ITEM Jaarconferentie: Frisse wind voor grensoverschrijdende samenwerking (GROS)
The importance of cross-border impact assessments reaffirmed
Winds of change for border areas
ITEM Cross-border Portal
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Since its establishment in 2015, ITEM's Annual Conference is held. The theme of ITEM's Annual Conference of 2017, held on 10 November 2017 was 'a Fresh momentum for cross-border cooperation'.
Read more about the ITEM Annual Conference 2017 here.
Save the date!
ITEM's Annual Conference 2018 will be held on Friday, November 9th, 2018.
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. Thanks to our team of researchers the 2017 assessment is now completed. The digital versions can be found here, summaries are available in Dutch, English, German and French.
Can certain rules affect the daily lives of border residents? By means of an impact assessment, the impact of certain guidelines can be measured. The ITEM Expertise Centre is committed to mapping the impact of legislation and policies for border regions. In this context, ITEM published its annual Cross-border Impact Assessment 2017 on Friday, November 10, 2017.
There is a growing interest in cross-border collaboration in the European Union , says Maastricht University's Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross border cooperation and Mobility (ITEM). ITEM's annual cross-border impact assessment generates scientific insights into themes involving cross-border mobility and cooperation.
What do we consider a migrant? What drives migration? And how does migration interact with other areas? These are topics Prof. dr. Siegel covered in her inaugural lecture in June 2017.
Can Member States prohibit pupils from attending education abroad, simply on the belief that it might hamper the integration of the children into society? But what of possible justification grounds?
Can Member States of the EU prohibit pupils from attending education abroad, simply on the belief that it might hamper the integration of these children into society? If this sounds extreme, read on.
In November 2016 the Public Prosecution Department (OM) announced to prepare civil proceedings against the Bandidos Motorcycle Club (MC). The government has to protect the citizens. The freedom of association stops once the encouragement and the use of criminal acts starts. (Dutch only)
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
Cross-border impact assessment 2017
Cross-border impact assessment 2016
Cross-border workers in Europe
Cross-border workers in Europe - 39 recommendations for cross-border workers
PhD-bundle refugee crisis
ITEM - Beyond the Refugee Crisis: A reflection from different perspectives on the Dutch case
“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.”