Events of 2017


September-December - Governance workshop series
In the autumn of 2017 we have launched a series of professional workshops to which we have invited the most prominent European experts on cross-border governance. In 2017 the French Jean Peyrony, director of the MOT, the Berlin-based American James W. Scott, researcher of Karelian Insitute and the Finnish Anssi Paasi, professor of the University of Oulu were our presenters.

23 November - Conference on cross-border planning and governance
CESCI and National University of Public Service successfully organized an international conference on cross-border integrated planning, governance and interoperability on 23rd of November, 2017. The international conference was organized within the Public Service Development Establishing Good Governance Project.

26 October - “Oradea process”: Conference on the management of cultural heritage
2018 will be the European Year of Cultural Heritage in Europe. Related to this, the subsequent professional event of the “Ordea process” which was launched in 2012, taking place on 26 October 2017 was devoted to the management of cultural heritage by the organizers. The French, Hungarian and Romanian speakers talked about the role the local government can play in the preservation of the local heritage.

28-29 September - H2020 project development workshop
The content of our Twinning application aiming to develop the scientific capacities of CESCI had been elaborated in 28-29 September during a two-day project development workshop with the cooperation of the Finnish Karelian Institute, the Italian EURAC and the Northern-Irish Centre for Cross-Border Studies Insitute.

18-21 September - CESCI study tour
Members of the association were invited to participate at a 4-day study visit in Southern France on 18-21 September 2017 by the General Council of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, the southernmost department of France. Eventually we delegated only 3 members, who travelled together with the Romanian group of 5 members, with whom we had got in contact thanks to the Oradea Process.

20-31 August - Leadership training for the youth
At the end of the summer, we organized a Youth Leadership Training Camp at Magyarhertelend for 23 young people from Câmpie where for 10 days professional trainers guided them in local community development work with a number of other optional programs.

23-25 June - Civil workshop at Câmpie in Transylvania
Since 2009 we have been actively supporting the activities and the cooperation of local organizations that assist the survival of the depopulating Transylvanian Câmpie region. Between 23rd and 25th of June 2017 we organized the next development workshop, this time at Mădăraş in Mureş county. The event provided a good opportunity to disseminate information on the economic development program of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s dedicated to the region.

22-23 May - 3rd Slovene-Hungarian Annual Forum
The two embassies, the Municipality of Szentgotthárd, the Central European Service for Cross-border Initiatives and the initiative organized the third Slovene-Hungarian Annual Forum on the 22nd and 23rd of May 2017 in Monošter. This year the key topic of the seminar was digital technology.

25 April - CESCI General Assembly meeting
This year, the annual general meeting of CESCI was held on 25 April at Falk1 Event Centre in Budapest. The meeting was preceded by a mini conference on the future of European urban policy. Under the tight afternoon agenda, members approved the reports of the association and other bodies, as well as the amendment to the statute.

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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.


Monday and Tuesday in Uzhhorod we signed a strategic cooperation memorandum addressing cross-border cooperation together with the Department of Economics and Law of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences and the Faculty of Law of the National University of Uzhhorod. The event included a scientific meeting and a training for public servants.


The AEBR organised its third Cross-Border School in Dresden with the aim to share the experiences of professionals and knowledge of academics of the cross-border cooperation field. Our association's strategic planner, Melinda Benczi, contributed to the discourse by presenting the cohesion-based strategic planning methodology of CESCI as well as conducting a simulation game on the role of individual stakeholders in cross-border development.