• "The Future of Cross-border cooperation and Mobility: Horizontal integration and beyond"

    The two-day conference, jointly organised by the Institute for Transnational and Euregional cross-border cooperation and Mobility (ITEM) and the Transfrontier Euro-Institut Network (TEIN) and supported by the Borders in Globalization-21st century project, addresses the practical challenges and prospects for future cross-border cooperation and mobility, and advances debates and policy perspectivs around and beyond the concept of horizontal integration.

    Crossing the border every day is an integral part of the lives of millions of Europeans. Whether traveling for work, to study, to shop, or for leisure, inhabitants of border regions travel back and forth between one country and another. In our cross-border mobility, we not only experience the pleasures of the EU’s freedom to travel, but in many respects we also come up against administrative and cooperative limits, as well as problematic differences in social security, taxation, health systems, recognition of diplomas, the fight against crime, cross-border entrepreneurship, education, sustainability, energy conversion, etc.

    Since the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, we have come a long way in encouraging cooperation and mobility in cross-border regions, but cross-border cooperation and mobility are easier said than done. We have not (yet) removed all the technical, legislative and cultural obstacles to a process of European integration without borders. How can we move to the next level of European integration in cross-border regions? Which innovations in cross-border governance mechanisms do we need?

    The discourse on European integration has long been dominated by the concept of vertical integration, i.e. the relationship between the EU and its Member States. Horizontal integration involves a process between similar public and private authorities across national borders at lower administrative levels (regional and municipal), as well as person-to-person interactions.


    Registration until 12 September 2024