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.
We participated the “National Minorities in Regional Development” workshop in Flensburg at the invitation of ECMI (European Centre for Minority Issues). We would like to thank them for the professional workshop that gave an opportunity for a colourful international exchange of experience.//2019.02.13.
In the framework of the project funded by the Visegrád Fund, our proposal for the V4 legal accessibility mechanism was published. The study is available here.//2019.02.13.
On 31 January, CESCI participated as an expert at the professional meeting organised by the DG Regio and the AEBR in Brussels targeting the B-Solutions programme dealing with cross-border legal obstacles. The project owners of the 10 projects selected in the first round of the programme presented the obstacles identified by themselves, as well as their proposals on how to abolish the concerned obstacles. Mr Dirk Peters (DG Regio) introduced the draft ECBM (European Cross-Border Mechanism) Regulation, in the perspective of which the experts had to assess the presented projects.//2019.02.13.
It is our pleasure to inform you that our newest academic output, 'Cross-Border Review 2018', is already available. The volume collects articles with very different perspectives on cross-border cooperation and it encompasses huge territorial space from Europe to China. To download click here.//2018.12.18.
The Central European Service for Cross-border Initiatives, founded in 2009, celebrates its 10 years of operation this year. The event will be celebrated on April 25-26, 2019 with a two-day conference. Details will be published on our website soon.