April 21, 2016

What obstacles do we face in border regions?

In September 2015 the Commission launched the Cross-border Review to study the obstacles that people in the border regions are still facing. Part of this review was an EU-wide public consultation, for which the results have been unveiled. Not only did respondents clearly identify remaining cross-border issues, but they were also asked to put forward concrete […]

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April 12, 2016

CCBS participates in NICVA seminar on the EU Referendum and VSCE sector

On 7th April 2016 CCBS Deputy Director Dr Anthony Soares participated in NICVA’s conference which focussed on the EU Referendum and the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector. Presentations from NICVA, the Charity Commission NI and Lucid Talk were followed by a ‘lively’ panel discussion that engaged the audience and the Twittersphere. A real time […]

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April 8, 2016

Border obstacles in the EU: experts have their say

DG REGIO has launched this Cross-Border Review, an initiative structured around 3 pillars: a study, to provide an inventory of critical border obstacles together with examples of how these have been addressed on certain borders; an extensive public consultation; and four workshops with key stakeholders. On 28 January 2016, the second of a series of […]

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March 24, 2016

CCBS and Cooperation Ireland publish second EU Referendum Briefing Paper

In the run-up to the referendum, the Centre for Cross Border Studies and Co-operation Ireland are publishing a series of briefing papers which aim to inform debate by exploring the potential impacts on Northern Ireland and North-South relations. The first paper in this series provided an overview of the potential consequences of a ‘leave’ vote […]

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March 1, 2016

CCBS Publishes Annual Activity & Evaluation Report 2015

This report details the activities of the Centre for Cross Border Studies during the period 1 January to 31 December 2015. It draws upon monitoring data and reports submitted to the CCBS Board and funders throughout the year. Attention is given, in particular, to the targets set out in the Centre’s application for core funding […]

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February 22, 2016

CCBS Annual Conference 2016

‘Bordering Between Unions: What Does the UK Referendum on Europe Mean for Us?’ This year’s annual conference was held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th of February 2016. It facilitated wide-ranging and informed discussions on the likely economic, social and political implications of a UK withdrawal or the possible reforms […]

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January 12, 2016

The possible implications of repealing the Human Rights Act 1998

In October 2014, the Conservative Party published a strategy paper titled ‘Protecting Human Rights in the UK’. In this document, Chris Grayling in his role as Secretary of State for Justice laid out Conservative proposals for reforming the UK’s human rights laws and specifically the repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998.The proposal to scrap […]

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January 5, 2016

Centre for Cross Border Studies Contributes to DG Regio Cross-Border Review

The European Union has been investing in cross-border cooperation for 25 years via Interreg, which is funded under the European Territorial Cooperation goal of the ESIF. Through these investments much has been achieved to enhance cooperation and alleviate border obstacles. Despite these developments, it appears clearly from exchanges with border regions and their representatives certain […]

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December 1, 2015

CCBS Public Policy Briefing Event at Leinster House, 25th November 2015

On Wednesday 25 November the Centre for Cross Border Studies hosted an information session in Leinster House, sponsored by the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. The event was open to all Members of the Houses of the Oireachtas and their staff and was designed to help facilitate the Joint Committee […]

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December 1, 2015

CCBS Public Policy Briefing Event at the NI Assembly, 18th November 2015

On Wednesday 18th November, the Centre hosted the first in a series of two Public Policy Briefing Events. Held at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, the event provided an evidence-based briefing of key public policy issues which included: the potential socio-economic and political implications of Brexit; the provision of probation services north and south; and recent developments […]

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