The Central European Service for Cross-border Initiatives (CESCI) is a Budapest based think-tank of cross-border issues. It was established in 2009 following the model of the French Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière (MOT).
CESCI provides professional support to the stakeholders involved in territorial cooperation in Hungary and in Central Europe. By involving experts from neighbouring countries our association aims at strengthening the need and raising the spirit of cooperation and in this way facilitating mutual understanding and tolerance between the nations of the Danube region.
CESCI is an open association the members of which are local and regional municipalities, natural persons and professional bodies (including MOT as well).
The mission of CESCI is presented by the following figure:
The first study of our project 'Legal accessiblity among the V4 countries' was published. The document on the Nordic Council is available here.//2018.07.13.
The ABS organized its second world conference, this year in Vienna and Budapest. Yesterday, on the way from Vienna to Budapest CESCI organized a field-trip to the Memorial Park of the Pan-European Picnic of 1989 located next to the border crossing point between Sankt Margarethen im Burgenland and Sopronkőhida. The program included three consecutive presentations: Béla Bartók explained the border regime in the time of Communism, László Nagy explained the events and circumstances of the opening of the border while Gyula Ocskay, linked the historical events to our current times by talking about the developments along the Hungarian borders over the last 30 years and about the present situation of cross-border cooperation.//2018.06.19.
On the 18th of June 2018 the two embassies, the Municipality of Szentgotthárd and CESCI organized the fourth Slovene-Hungarian Annual Forum. This year, the key topic of the seminar was the tool-kit for the economic and social development of abandoned and ageing areas, including the agrarian sector, silver economy and tourism. The afternoon panels were devoted to the problems and development potentials of the concrete border region. Further details to be found here.//2018.06.07.
The Association of European Border Regions (AEBR), Central European Service for Cross-border Initiatives Balkans (CESCI Balkans), The Institute of International Sociology of Gorizia (ISIG) and CESCI (Hungary) organized the 10th International Youth Forum in Tivat between 30-31 May. The event, financed by Danube Strategic Project Fund within the framework of the SECCo2 project was attended by 120 participants from all over the Danube and Adriatic Ionian macro-regions. More details can be found here.//2018.05.28.
On 22nd and 23rd May, within the framework of the project facilitating the legal harmonisation between the Visegrad countries, the representatives of the cooperating partners and the ministries of the four countries visited Copenhagen and Malmö. The objective of the study visit was to get to know about the work and internal mechanisms of the Freedom of Movement Council established by the Nordic Council in 2014. Read our report here.