The most important strategic partner of the association is the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice. The Section of Cross-Border Co-operation for Territorial Administration involves CESCI in the work of the interministerial EGTC working group and the ex-ante evaluation of the draft legal provisions related to cross-border cooperation. In addition, we are regularly invited to the events on this subject (e.g. the annual meeting of the approval authorities and the EGTC Forum), and the colleagues of the Ministry are also permanent participants of our EGTC workshops.
Our association signed an agreement on strategic partnership with the National University of Public Service in March in 2012. The agreement aims at transferring supplementary knowledge to the future public servants on cross-border cooperation of local municipalities. For this purpose, CESCI launched an internship programme for university students, realises joint research programmes and events together with professors of the institution and supports the education with professional and education materials.
During the recent years, we have been building up strategic partnerships going beyond the implementation of single projects with the Forum Institute in Slovakia, Civitas Foundation in Romania and Regional Scientific Association in Serbia. At the end of 2013 we have also contacted the Hungarian National Association of Local Governments in order to establish strategic partnership in the future.
Our networking relations also within the Danube River Basin are broadening. In the last year, we bound the cooperation closer with the initiative, called ALADIN. By means of the European Institute we officially contacted the EURAC of Bolzano and the Euro-Institut of Kehl.
On European level the French MOT (Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière) is an important strategic partner of CESCI. The activity of the organisation serves as an example for us since the beginning. We have a close relationship with the Paris-based association which is also a member of our association since 2009.
We succeeded in establishing a very useful partnership with the French-Hungarian Initiative (Initiatives France-Hongrie) that we jointly organise with conferences in Oradea. By means of the association, our relationship with the French Institute of Budapest has also deepened.
On the 18th of June 2018 the two embassies, the Municipality of Szentgotthárd and CESCI organized the fourth Slovene-Hungarian Annual Forum. This year, the key topic of the seminar was the tool-kit for the economic and social development of abandoned and ageing areas, including the agrarian sector, silver economy and tourism. The afternoon panels were devoted to the problems and development potentials of the concrete border region. Further details to be found here.//2018.06.07.
The Association of European Border Regions (AEBR), Central European Service for Cross-border Initiatives Balkans (CESCI Balkans), The Institute of International Sociology of Gorizia (ISIG) and CESCI (Hungary) organized the 10th International Youth Forum in Tivat between 30-31 May. The event, financed by Danube Strategic Project Fund within the framework of the SECCo2 project was attended by 120 participants from all over the Danube and Adriatic Ionian macro-regions. More details can be found here.//2018.05.28.
On 22nd and 23rd May, within the framework of the project facilitating the legal harmonisation between the Visegrad countries, the representatives of the cooperating partners and the ministries of the four countries visited Copenhagen and Malmö. The objective of the study visit was to get to know about the work and internal mechanisms of the Freedom of Movement Council established by the Nordic Council in 2014. Read our report here.//2018.05.28.
Together with our Italian, German and Serb partners we have published a questionnaire on CBC in the Danube and Adriatic-Ionian macro-regions. By filling it in, you register for an on-line platform, developed within the framework of the SECCo2 project, which will promote news, events, open call for proposals, and projects on CBC. For further details please click here.//2018.05.28.
On the 16th of May Falk 1 Event center housed the final episode of our seminar series on cross-border governance. Olivier T. Kramsch, assistant professor at Radboud University, illustrated the field's theoretical dilemmas with current political-historical examples in his lecture titled "After the 'B/ordering Turn': Cross-Border Governance in a Time of Walls, Fences, and more Walls".