Tuesday 20 September 2005
Share Centre, Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh
The conference was organised through a partnership between Centre for Cross Border Studies and Citizens Advice/Comhairle. Mr. Tommie Gorman, RTE Northern Editor, chaired the conference. The objective for the day was to outline the current cross-border information, advice and advocacy needs and services on the island and how those needs might be met in the future.
The conference featured presentations by representatives of the Secretariat of the North/South Ministerial Council and also presentations from a range of cross-border information projects on the island (Crosslinks, EURES Cross-Border Partnership, ExpertiseIreland, Borderwise and BorderIreland)
A special feature of the conference was a presentation by Jörg Saalbach of Infobest Pamina a cross-border information and advisory service for the border region between Germany and France.
This conference was the first on cross-border information, advice and advocacy issues to involve all the key players on the island.
|9.30||Opening comments by Chief Executive of Comhairle, Ms Leonie Lunny, and the Chief Executive of Citizens Advice (Northern Ireland), Mr Derek Alcorn|
|9.45||Obstacles to Cross Border Mobility Programme – setting the policy context for the island Ms. Aingeal O’ Donoghue , Co-Chair, North/South Mobility Information Group (North/South Co-operation section, Department of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Pat Donaghy, Co-Chair, North/South Mobility Information Group (Joint Secretariat, North/South Ministerial Council)|
|10.20||Border Ireland – an electronic gateway to cross-border activities on the island. Dr Patricia Clarke, Project Manager and Centre for Cross Border Studies Research Manager|
|10.45||Borderwise – a cross-border advice and information service in the border region Mr Liam Murtagh, Project Manager, Citizens Advice/ Comhairle|
|11:40||EURES Cross-Border Partnership and IBEC-CBI Joint Business Council – cross-border labour mobility information.Mr Geoff McEnroe, Director, Joint Business Council and EURES adviser|
|12:05 pm||expertiseireland.com – promoting mobility of expertise on the island. Prof. Conor Long (Dublin City University), Project Director|
|12:30||Crosslinks – an investigation of cross-border service barriers in the North West region. Dr Maria Angela Ferrario,Project Leader, ERNACT|
|2:00||Pamina Infobest – A successful information partnership in the Franco – German border region. Mr Jörg Saalbach,Infobest and INTERREG Manager, Regio Pamina|
|2:45||Four workshops to assess the current situation and to explore possibilities for developing an all-island agenda.|
|3:30||Report back from workshops (three minutes each)|
|4:30||Closing comments by Mr Andy Pollak, Director, Centre for Cross Border Studies|