Melinda Benczi

After graduating from the mathematics-informatics department of the Tamási Áron High School of Székelyudvarhely, I successfully applied to the University of Eötvös Loránd’s Faculty of Humanities where I completed my BA studies in English and French. Additionally, I have studied a semester at the Universidade Nova in Lisbon where I also took up Portuguese. In parallel with my university studies, I completed the Mathias Corvinus Collegium’s international relations specialization, which further cultivated my interest in social sciences.

Therefore, after graduating from the university, I did not pursue the translator-interpreter profession, but as a social researcher trainee I started working at the Center for Economic and Social Inclusion Research Institute in London. In addition, I have participated in the Council of Europe's training in Italy on social inclusion, integration and on social responsibility in Poland.

In 2014 I started my master studies in social sciences at the University of Southern Denmark in comparative public policy and welfare studies. As part of the programme, I worked as a policy analyst for a semester at the InclusionUS research and consulting firm in Washington DC.

I work for CESCI since the spring of 2018 as a strategic planner and project manager focusing on the social aspects of cross-border spatial development.

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We participated the “National Minorities in Regional Development” workshop in Flensburg at the invitation of ECMI (European Centre for Minority Issues). We would like to thank them for the professional workshop that gave an opportunity for a colourful international exchange of experience.


In the framework of the project funded by the Visegrád Fund, our proposal for the V4 legal accessibility mechanism was published. The study is available here.


On 31 January, CESCI participated as an expert at the professional meeting organised by the DG Regio and the AEBR in Brussels targeting the B-Solutions programme dealing with cross-border legal obstacles. The project owners of the 10 projects selected in the first round of the programme presented the obstacles identified by themselves, as well as their proposals on how to abolish the concerned obstacles. Mr Dirk Peters (DG Regio) introduced the draft ECBM (European Cross-Border Mechanism) Regulation, in the perspective of which the experts had to assess the presented projects.


It is our pleasure to inform you that our newest academic output, 'Cross-Border Review 2018', is already available. The volume collects articles with very different perspectives on cross-border cooperation and it encompasses huge territorial space from Europe to China. To download click here.


The Central European Service for Cross-border Initiatives, founded in 2009, celebrates its 10 years of operation this year. The event will be celebrated on April 25-26, 2019 with a two-day conference. Details will be published on our website soon.