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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.

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Explanatory Document – The Professional Qualifications Directive

Always wanted to know how professional qualifications are recognised in the EU?

Directive 2005/36/EC, also known as the Professional Qualifications Directive is the instrument on the recognition of professional qualifications for regulated professions. The directive underwent an extensive modernisation via Directive 2013/55/EU, which updated the complex instrument.

ITEM has developed a brief explanatory document to increase the readability of the Professional Qualifications Directive thereby allowing interested parties to quickly gain insight in the directive’s structure and content.

A hard copy of the Simple Guide to the Professional Qualifications Directive is available in Dutch and German at a cost of 12,50 €. To order your copy, please send an email to ITEM[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl.
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ITEM's annual Cross-border Impact Assessment

 

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 successful completion of the 2017 impact assessment, the 2018 impact assessment is now in preparation. For more information see:

ITEM Cross-border Impact Assessment 2017
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ITEM ICGI CbCM Report Empirical Findings 2017

ITEM/ICGI project Cross-border Corporate Mobility in the EU

Thomas Biermeyer and Marcus Meyer publish first report on corporate mobility in the EU

The first report of the ITEM/ICGI project by Thomas Biermeyer and Marcus Meyer on ‘Cross-Border Corporate Mobility in the European Union’ has now been published. The report provides a first overview of empirical findings on the topic of cross-border corporate mobility.

ITEM’s Marcus Meyer and Thomas Biermeyer have been conducting a three-year project on cross-border corporate mobility in the European Union and the European Economic Area in collaboration with ITEM (Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross border cooperation and Mobility) and ICGI (Institute for Corporate Law, Governance and Innovation Policies) since March 2017, following a successful tender award by the ETUI and a Jean Monnet grant by the EU.

The first report on Cross-Border Mobility in the European Union, which focuses, in its first edition, particularly on cross-border mergers and cross-border seat transfers between 2013 and 2017, has now been published. The report is available via SSRN .

For more information visit the research page Cross-border corporate mobility in the EU

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ITEM news

  • ITEM ICGI Cross-border corporate mobility CbCM featured

    Thomas Biermeyer and Marcus Meyer publish first report on corporate mobility in the EU

    Thursday, February 1, 2018

    The project leaders of the ITEM/ICGI project ‘Cross-border Corporate Mobility in the EU’ present empirical findings in their first report in the project. The report will provide a general and preliminary overview of empirical findings in the topic of cross-border corporate mobility within the EU.

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    Interview: An advocate of cross-border working

    Monday, January 8, 2018

    Martin Unfried, 'Ontgrenzer' at the Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross-border cooperation and Mobility / ITEM was interviewed by Julian Binn German-Dutch media site 'AHA24x7' about his view on cross-border labour and his job as 'ontgrenzer'.

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    ITEM sets out bottlenecks related to the recognition of qualifications

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    When professionals and students move to other countries to either work or study there, they may need recognition of their qualifications. Different instruments and procedures exist depending on the purpose of mobility. Despite the fact that such instruments mainly aim at facilitating mobility, bottlenecks may nonetheless arise in practice. ITEM briefly sets out some exemplary bottlenecks including suggested solutions related to the recognition of qualifications following from their casuistry and research.

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    Gain Insight into the Professional Qualifications Directive: A simple Guide

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    The ITEM Expertise Centre has developed a brief explanatory document to increase the readability of the Directive 2005/36/EC, also known as Professional Qualifications Directive, thereby allowing interested parties to quickly gain insight in the directive’s structure and content.

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  • ITEM Quick scan Regeerakkoord NL 2017

    Quick scan of Dutch coalition agreement: effects for border regions

    Friday, December 8, 2017

    De ITEM quick scan maakt een eerste inschatting mogelijk in hoeverre een onderwerp een verdere beoordeling vergt wat mogelijke grenseffecten betreft. ITEM heeft de quick scan toegepast op beleidsvoornemens die in het Nederlandse Regeerakkoord van 2017 worden genoemd. 

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  • ITEM Jaarconferentie 2017 © Vera van Vliet

    The importance of cross-border impact assessments reaffirmed

    Monday, November 13, 2017

    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.

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    Winds of change for border areas

    Wednesday, November 8, 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.

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  • Melissa Siegel - Inaugural lecture - Migration studies - UNU-MERIT

    Migration &: The Depth and Breadth of Migration Studies

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    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.

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  • ITEM's Martin Unfried present at EU Conference about Border Regions

    Friday, September 22, 2017

    Martin Unfried from the Institute for Transnational and Euregional Cross-border cooperation and Mobility / ITEM of Maastricht University was present at the launch conference 'Boosting Growth and Cohesion in EU Border Regions' of the European Commission in Brussels. During the event Unfried gave background information about ITEM’s annual Cross-border Impact Assessment, which was put forward by the Commission as a good practice in regards to the improvement of the legislative process within the European Union.

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  • European Commission classifies ITEM as good practice

    Thursday, September 21, 2017

    In an official document of the Commission’s Regional Policy titled Communication “Boosting Growth and Cohesion in EU Border Regions”, the Cross-border Impact Assessment of the ITEM Expertise centre of Maastricht University was put forward as a good practice by the European Commission in order to facilitate the improvement of the legislative process within the European Union.

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