The expertise centre ITEM was founded in 2015 to contribute, from the point of view of science, to the development of a well-functioning transnational society. ITEM is an initiative of Maastricht University (UM), as part of the Faculty of Law and collaborates with researchers from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the School of Business and Economics and the School of Governance. Partners are the Province of Limburg, the Municipality of Maastricht, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, NEIMED and the Euregio Meuse-Rhine. ITEM operates at the convergence of research, counselling, knowledge exchange, and training activities in the domain of cross-border mobility and cooperation.
As expertise centre, ITEM commits itself to improve and foster cross-border mobility and cooperation by bridging science, policy and practice. With its scientific fundament, the research concentrates on the identification of problems and solutions in cases of transnational and cross border mobility and cooperation. This is done in the framework of fundamental research, as well as applied, small-scale, on-demand contract research to valorise scientific knowledge into practical solutions. ITEM commits itself to exchange information with existing border information points and provide information via the ITEM Cross-border Portal on regulations, jurisprudence, research and best practices.
ITEM has established a well proven methodology for testing on border effects. Annually it publishes its Cross-border Impact Assessment on (legislative) initiatives or policy, analysing the border effects.
Lastly, ITEM has a strong network for information exchange, for example via the ITEM Annual Conference.
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