International

The Centre for Cross Border Studies is a member of the Transfrontier Euro-Institut Network (TEIN) — a network of excellence in transfrontier training, research and support services throughout Europe. TEIN partners from diverse European border regions share the objective of strengthening European integration through building capacity for cross-border cooperation among public sector, business and civil society actors.

TEIN partners – together and separately – support transfrontier cooperation through training, mentoring, research and other activities.

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Through our membership in TEIN, the Centre is also linked to the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR). The AEBR works on behalf of the European border and cross-border regions to represent their common interests; initiate, support and coordinate cooperation between the regions throughout Europe; promote exchanges of experience on cross-border problems and opportunities.

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Similarly, CCBS works closely with the Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière (MOT) network . The MOT network brings together cross-border cooperation stakeholders working on all the borders of the French state, including its overseas territories. MOT members are diverse, representative of all levels of governance and actors implicated in cross-border projects, including states, local and regional authorities and their groupings, associations, federations, cross-border structures and major businesses.

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CCBS is a member of the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS), an international non-profit organization, based in Brussels with a pan-European membership. It provides services to a network of about 150 civil society organizations and citizens on EU citizens’ rights enforcement and civic participation in the EU decision-making process. The ECAS Mission is:
• to strengthen the European strategy of NGOs in member and applicant Neighbourhood countries of the European Union (EU);
• to defend peoples’ free movement rights and promote a more inclusive European citizenship;
• to campaign for transparency and institutional reforms to bring the EU closer to the citizen;
• to promote the enforcement of European fundamental freedoms and good governance in the EU.

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CCBS supports the ECAS Right to Move campaign. The Freedom of Movement of Persons is one of the four fundamental freedoms underpinning the European project as a whole. The campaign advocates for 7 Strategies to Improve Free Movement to call on the European Institutions to ensure that freedom of movement rights are fully respected and enforced throughout the EU.

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The Centre for Cross Border Studies is a member of both the Ireland and UK Anna Lindh Foundation Networks. The Anna Lindh Foundation runs the largest Network of civil society organisations involved in the promotion of intercultural dialogue across Europe and the Mediterranean. Established in each of the 43 countries of the of the Union for the Mediterranean and bringing together around 4000 civil society organisations who share the values of the Foundation, the members of the ALF Network of Networks are of very diverse nature, including NGOs, public institutions, foundations, local and regional authorities, individuals and private organisations.

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CESCI – Central European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives - aims to create as many relations as possible between people living on each side of the border, to help removing the barriers hindering cooperation in order to not only make everyday life easier but also contribute to bring a mutual understanding and rapprochement among the people living in Central Europe.

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The CECICN is an EU platform of eight city networks (Atlantic Arc Cities,Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière, Forum of Adriatic and Ionian Cities, Medcities, Union of Baltic Cities, Council of Danube Cities and Regions, Central European service for cross-border initiatives, City Twins Association-observer) involving 600 cities in Territorial Cooperation. Its objective is to boost territorial cooperation among cities with specific geographical features in Europe. The main aim of this network is to put European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) at the core of the debate about 2014‐2020 policy implementation and the EU 2020 Strategy

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Europe+ is a transparent and inclusive space for debate created by, and for civil society, to design a constructive regeneration of the European project. Consisting of 40+ European civil society organisations, working together for positive democratic change in the EU through the active and better involvement of citizens in representative and participative democracy, institutional reforms and policy changes. Europe+ is committed to relaunching and strengthening the European debate and civil dialogue between civil society and open and responsive institutions, at all levels of democratic life .

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