Szabó István

He has degrees in engineering, economics and project management.

By 1998 he worked as an architect. Between 1994 and 1998 he was a member of the General Assembly of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county, and Chairman of the Regional Development Committee. Between 1998 and 2006 as a Member of Parliament, he took part in the work of the European Integration Affairs Committee. In 2006 he was elected as Mayor of Mátészalka, since 2014 he is the Vice-president of the General Assembly of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county.

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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.