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.
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.//2017.02.17.
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.//2016.11.16.
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.//2016.10.11.
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.//2016.07.11.
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.