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 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 https://www.b-solutionsproject.com/call-for-proposals//2020.07.13.
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.//2020.06.16.
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.//2020.02.11.
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.//2019.10.24.
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.