February 7, 2014

CCBS/ICLRD Joint Conference 2014: “Towards a Border Development Zone”

7th February 2014

The 2014 Centre for Cross Border Studies  / International Centre for Local and Regional Development  Annual Joint Conference was held in the Cavan Crystal Hotel on the 30th and 31st of January, bringing together policy makers, academics, and practitioners to discuss the latest developments in cross-border cooperation. This year’s conference focused on the concept of a Border Development Zone for the island of Ireland.

This idea, building on the conclusions of the 2009-2012 action research project Cross-Border Economic Renewal: Rethinking Regional Policy in Ireland, envisages a joint strategy for economic development throughout the Irish Border Region; this project is part-financed by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.