Melinda Benczi

After graduating from the mathematics-informatics department of the Tamási Áron High School of Székelyudvarhely, I successfully applied to the University of Eötvös Loránd’s Faculty of Humanities where I completed my BA studies in English and French. Additionally, I have studied a semester at the Universidade Nova in Lisbon where I also took up Portuguese. In parallel with my university studies, I completed the Mathias Corvinus Collegium’s international relations specialization, which further cultivated my interest in social sciences.

Therefore, after graduating from the university, I did not pursue the translator-interpreter profession, but as a social researcher trainee I started working at the Center for Economic and Social Inclusion Research Institute in London. In addition, I have participated in the Council of Europe's training in Italy on social inclusion, integration and on social responsibility in Poland.

In 2014 I started my master studies in social sciences at the University of Southern Denmark in comparative public policy and welfare studies. As part of the programme, I worked as a policy analyst for a semester at the InclusionUS research and consulting firm in Washington DC.

I work for CESCI since the spring of 2018 as a strategic planner and project manager focusing on the social aspects of cross-border spatial development.

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Since 2012, we have been regularly organizing our professional event, the Oradea Process, helping the Hungarian-Romanian cross-border cooperation. This year, we organized a workshop, albeit online, with the Association of French Central and Eastern European Initiatives, during which French experts gave presentations on their experiences with cross-border integrated planning and development, and then discussed with local stakeholders the possibility of launching a similar strategic planning process in the region.


What are the benefits of cross-border cooperation? How and why do we use this tool? How do these cooperation projects contribute to the construction and reconciliation of the European Area?
These and similar questions will be answered at the webinar "The benefits of cross-border cooperation for European construction - 100 years after Trianon", co-organized by CESCI, on 28 October 2020 from 17:00.

More information and free registration here. The event will be held in Hungarian and French.


The b-solutions initiative opens the 3rd call for proposals. In doing so, applicants that are facing administrative and legal obstacles in cross-border cooperation have the chance to request support. Applicants can submit their application until 21st of September 2020. Please find all the relevant information for this call for proposals at


The Commission's public consultation on the future of transport has been launched. The consultation is available here and can be completed by September 23, 2020.


On 16 June 2020, the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR), the Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière (MOT) and the Central European Support Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI) established the European Border Citizens' Alliance to promote cross-border cooperation along all European borders.