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 Central European Service for Cross-border Initiatives, founded in 2009, celebrates its 10 years of operation next year. The event will be celebrated on April 25-26, 2019 with a two-day conference. Details will be published on our website soon.//2018.12.12.
The MOT will hold its general assembly and annual conference on 20-21 March in Annemasse and Geneva, at the invitation of Annemasse Agglo and the Metropolitan Pole of the French Genevois, members of the MOT’s network. More details here soon.//2018.12.08.
At the 7th EUSDR Annual Forum in Sofia, a Story Map has been launched by the European Commission's Joint Reasearch Institute. The map shows the Eu funded projects, focusing on tourism, culture, bike routes etc. People can virtually wander along the Danube river, while gather information about different topics. It shows the beauty and potential of the region, while provides a leraning opportunity about cultural and natural heritage. You can find the Story Map here.//2018.12.04.
The 8th European Summit of Regions and Cities, to be held in Bucharest, will gather EU, national, local and regional leaders from across Europe to discuss the future of the European Union and how to involve the citizens more effectively in the European project through local and regional authorities. For further information please click here.//2018.12.01.
The Third call for proposals of the Danube Transnational Programme will be open soon! Check out the Third Call section at the DTP website and find everything you need to know about it and keep yourself updated for more to come! Start working on your project ide today. If you are looking for partners, see our project market area here.