Border regions (40% of the EU territory) play a crucial role in Europe. The development of these areas is essential for the citizens living there (30% of the EU’s population), for their competitiveness, and for the positioning of Europe in the context of globalization. Cross-border territories represent key areas within the EU, where both the effects of movement towards European integration as well as the remaining obstacles to integration can best be studied, whether this relates to the mobility of people, services, goods or capital. However obstacles to cooperation remain problematic because of the lack of knowledge of the ‘other’ (culture, language, judicial-social-political system) and lack of appropriate methodologies for intercultural work. Thus there is a definite need for specialised training, counselling and support to be adapted to the specific characteristics of each frontier.
The Centre for Cross Border Studies has developed a portfolio of tools to assist cross-border projects throughout each stage of the project life-cycle.
- Impact Assessment for Cross-border Cooperation: Cross-border project planning for evidence-based results;
- Inter-Cultural/Cross-Border Project Management Toolkit
- Toolkit for Budgeting of Cross-Border Projects
- Toolkit for Evaluation of Cross-Border Projects
The Centre can deliver bespoke training and mentoring support to cross-border partnerships and also offers evaluation services. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your needs.