Cross-border strategic planning


The biggest obstacle hindering the use of territorial capital in border regions is the dividing effect of the frontiers. Borders limit the area of influence of larger cities thus creating truncated urban areas. Borders lead to double peripheries in rural areas where the roads end, where the infrastructure is underdeveloped and from where the population move away because of the lack of working opportunities.

Cross-border planning and developing work fulfils its mission if it results in reducing to minimum or abolishing these unfavourable impacts.

CESCI has developed a new methodology of cross-border strategic planning which focuses on enhancing territorial, economic and social cohesion. Instead of a state-of-play analysis we elaborate a cohesion analysis seeking for the factors boosting and hindering three aspects of cohesion. Instead of a sector-based strategy we work out an integrated, cross-sectoral strategy which focuses on cohesion. By using this new method we aim at opening the borders and bringing stakeholders from both sides of these borders closer to one another.

In the field of strategic planning CESCI offers its services as follows:

  • development of methodologies and guides for planning
  • strategic planning in border regions
  • development of cross-border integrated territorial investments
  • development of cross-border territorial date bases, plotting of maps (GIS)
  • elaborating territorial analyses and studies
  • organisation of professional events
  • realisation of network building projects.



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The b-solutions' 4th call for proposal is open! Border regions are beautiful places of encounter and exchange, where differences meet and merge. However, their growth potential is still limited by the presence of many obstacles that still make life and work across the boundaries a difficult experience. B-solutions' offers the technical support needed to understand how to overcome the legal and administrative impediments to cross-border cooperation. For more information visit:


AEBR Balkans and CESCI Balkans cordially invite everyone to participate in a joint conference on the occasion of 5 years of a very successful co-operation of the two organisations. The event will take place online on the 16th of December 2020, from 10:00-12:300h. See the program here and use this link to register: In case of any questions write to


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