Crossing the borders conference

About the project

The next wave of the European Union’s enlargement is expected to take place in the Balkans, strategic and central areas of the Danube Region. In parallel with the progress of European integration, borders that have divided the nations of the Continent for ages are becoming more and more permeable. The divisive role of national borders is decreasing. This progress is of special importance in the Danube Region, as national border changes caused so many injuries and huge suffering in the past century.

Therefore, the roadmap of the EUSDR’s Priority Area 10 (Development of institutional capacity and cooperation) devotes special attention to cross-border cooperation issues. The first step of the roadmap is the publication of an overall study presenting the best practices and making suggestions for better cooperation.

Our project titled Crossing the borders, contributes to the roadmap’s first step by analysing the features of border areas within the Danube Region and by presenting the best practices of cooperation. The project, financed by the Hungarian Ministry of Public Administration and Justice, involved seven organizations: Sofia University (Bulgaria), EuroSchola (Czech Republic), Superna Ltd. (Croatia), Romanian Academy of Sciences Institute of Geography (Romania), Regional Scientific Association (Serbia) and Institute of Spatial Planning (Slovakia).

In the framework of the research, two comprehensive and 14 case studies are elaborated and a database on border regions has also been set up. The aim of the conference organized jointly by the Association of European Border Regions and the Association of French-Hungarian Initiatives is to present the result of the research. The outcomes of the project also will be available through a project volume in 2015.

About the co-organizers

The Central European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI) was founded in Budapest, in 2009. Similarly to the French initiator, the Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière (MOT), its principal aim is to provide professional help for stakeholders interested in cross-border cooperation along the Hungarian borders. The project was coordinated by the European Institute of Cross-Border Studies, the research centre of CESCI, operating in Esztergom.

The Association of European Border Regions (ABER) was established in 1971. Having nearly 100 members, it is today the most prestigious organization dealing with cross-border cooperation in Europe.

The Association of French-Hungarian Initiatives (INFH) has assisted the exchange of experience and the cooperation between Hungarian and French authorities of various levels since 1994. The association has co-organized several professional events with CESCI in the past years.

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