Mr István Pálfi


Regarding its philosophy our association follows the heritage of István Pálfi (1996-2006), member of the European Parliament who passed away tragically young. Politician of the European People's Party had taken part in the European legislation process since 2004 as member of the Committee on Budgetary Control and Regional Development.

Thanks to his degrees in the field of economics and human manager, and as a resident of Berettyóújfalu, a little town along the Hungarian Romanian borderline, he showed extraordinary sensitivity toward the economic and social problems of border regions. Not a coincidence that he actively participated in the work of the committee prepared the European Union regulation on the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation which is the most perspective instrument for decreasing the separating effect of the borders having caused lots of conflicts in the European history.

He was seriously ill in 2005, when he organized the seminars presenting the new instrument along the Hungarian borders and founded the Seven Borders Municipality Association which aims at enhancing cross-border municipality cooperation. With the establishment of our association, saluting his work, we aims to offer professional support to the actors of cross-border regional development and territorial cooperation in Central Europe for the sake of enhancing the European type partnerships between the people living here.

The government came into office in 2010 founded an award in remembrance of István Pálfi which is given to a professional in every year who prominently contributed to cross-border cooperation.

Datasheet of István Pálfi on the website of the European Parliament

Winners of the Pálfi István award

2010: Ján Olbrycht, Polish member of the European Parliament
2011: Michel Delebarre former President of the Committee of the Regions
2012: Danuta Hübner Polish politician, Commissioner for Regional Policy
2013: Luc Van den Brande, former President of the Committee of the Regions




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The annual General Assembly meeting of CESCI will be organized on 25th (Thuesday) April 2017 at 12:30 in the Ereky István conference hall of Falk1 Event Centre. For further information, please click here.


The "Cross-Border Review 2016", the third yearbook of the CESCI European Institute of Cross-border Studies, is avaiable on our website. Subtitle of the yearbook is "European Crisis and its Consequences for Borders and Cooperation." Its editor-in-chief was James W. Scott (Professor of Regional and Border Studies, University of Eastern Finland). The Review is published in English.


We kindly and happily inform you that our project 'Legal Accessibility', which had been started in January 2016, was successfully completed! You can read details and more information about the project and about the achieved results on the webpage of the project. The prepared documents of the project can be downloaded from the webpage. These documents create the opportunity for systematic monitoring and analysis of border obstacles, as well as the institutionalised development of solutions.


We are pleased to inform you that CESCI has published its latest publication on the Hungarian EGTCs. The volume titled Overview of EGTCs around Hungary and edited together with Sara Svensson can be downloaded from our website.


We are pleased to inform you that studies on cross-border cooperation in the Danube Region were published within the framework of the project entitled "Crossing the border". The volume consists of one comprehensive study and 14 case studies. It is the result of a cooperation between 25 researchers and support from the Hungarian Ministry of Public Administration and Justice. The studies are available here.