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AEBR Newsletter Winter 2022-2023
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Dear AEBR friends,

First of all, we would like to thank all of you who have supported AEBR in one or another manner during this weird 2022, which was supposed to see the end of the pandemic, but the virus is still around. "Old" challenges such as climate change are out there too, and the war in Ukraine is still on with devastating effects. The news about border incidents in the Balkans is worrying, as also the further extension of border controls in certain EU internal borders, but a set of hard borders has been removed with the entry of Croatia into the Schengen Area (it could not be the moment for Romania and Bulgaria yet). The European Parliament faces a serious case of corruption, a strange plot by old aristocrats and military tried to assault the Bundestag, and there have been other worrying developments in various EU member states. It seems we have entered a "polycrisis" or "permacrisis" age. 

We have good news too. The efforts to remove cross-border obstacles progress (b-solutions grows, and a new legal instrument is still on the horizon). There is a clear commitment by EU institutions and some member states to facilitate cross-border labour markets and public services. Most CBC programmes for the new programming period have been approved, and a new, amazing but also challenging generation of CB projects is born!

We are following some states very closely, systematically showing their interest in considering their borderlands and other challenging territories, such as small and “empty” ones. AEBR has interviewed Irene McMaster to learn more about “Small Places Matter”, an inspiring EU Territorial Agenda’s pilot action led by Norway. And there are also some signs of “Bregret” (and possibly "Breturn"?) spreading in the UK.

With our best wishes for 2023, when perhaps diplomacy will replace weapons and concord will prevail,

your AEBR Team

 

The European Alliance of Cities and Regions for the reconstruction of Ukraine was launched in the summer of 2022 with the participation of European associations. The Alliance is open to cooperation and invites local and regional authorities and their associations from across Europe to join the efforts to support Ukraine's reconstruction. If you would like to join the Alliance, please contact: SupportUkraine@cor.europa.eu.

Urgent appeal to cities and regions to donate power generators and heating equipment. Here you can see the letter to cities and regions signed by the Commissioners for Crisis Management, and Cohesion and Reforms, the President of the CoR, and the Chair of the CoR’s working group Ukraine. They stress the need to boost donations of energy items, both new and old. The Commission has set up a “resEU energy hub” in Poland to receive and channel donations to Ukraine, with available door-to-door transport financed by the Union: ECHO-Donations@ec.europa.eu

The CoR adopted an opinion on The role of EU cities and regions in rebuilding Ukraine during the 10-11 October plenary (Rapporteur: Dario Nardella (IT/PES), and the first political meeting of the Alliance was organized on 29 November, where a joint view on the urgent needs was adopted by European and Ukrainian regions and cities. Cross-border programmes with Ukraine and Moldova have been financially reinforced, and more CBC is expected.

Read on the AEBR website some of the
latest news and statements by EU institutions, as well as resources for regional authorities, publications, etc.
INDEX
News on cross-border cooperation
News from the European Union
Beyond the EU
Initiatives by AEBR and its members
Next events
Resources of interest
We would like to encourage any public authority and cross-border structures at the internal EU borders, including maritime ones and those with the IPA countries, to consider taking part in b-solutions in case they have identified any legal or administrative obstacle to cross-border cooperation. 

new (6th) and last call for proposals will close on 28 February 2023. The objective for this phase of b-solutions (identification of 120 new cases) is not accomplished so far.

new call for expressions of interest for experts who want to advise selected cases was opened on 31 March 2022 and will stay open until 31 March 2023.



AEBR General Assembly met in September 2022 in Novi Sad and elected a new Executive Committee until the autumn of 2024.  Karl-Heinz Lambertz was re-elected as AEBR President for two more years, as well as the Vice-Presidents and members of the Executive Committee and their substitutes. Here you can find the updated list of AEBR ExCom members 2022-2024 in English and in German.

A warm welcome to AEBR new members!

The
Regional Council of Lviv Region (Ukraine) has joined AEBR as a full member, and the EGTC Amphictiony (a network of municipalities in CY, GR, FR and IT) as an advisory member.

Read more, access the presentations and watch the videos
on the AEBR website.
 

AEBR’s members and partners came together from 28 September to 2 October 2022 to Szeged and Novi Sad on the invitation of DKMT Euroregion and the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina. AEBR members are extremely thankful to our colleagues in Szeged, Novi Sad and Timișoara for their commitment and efforts to organize a series of unforgettable events.
 

The VI Cross-Border School opened our events in Szeged (Hungary) with a very interesting series of exchanges between practitioners and scholars, online and on-site, around cross-border cooperation and the European Year of Youth. Profs. Martin van der Velde (Radboud University Nijmegen) and Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (University of Victoria, Canada) coordinated various sessions on education across borders, how to retain young people/talent in “empty” regions, cross-border youth mobility and opportunities. Eszter Csokasi, Director of DKMT Euroregion, moderated an interactive session with young participants on their experiences living and studying across borders in different continents.
 

AEBR members and partners enjoyed these exchanges very much and encouraged the Association to continue this systematic process in the coming years. The first CB School took place in Cáceres in 2017. Since 2022, it has been organized within the framework of the 21st Century Borders project under the BIG Lab (Borders in Globalisation) of the University of Victoria and co-financed by the Canadian Government and the EU’s Erasmus+ programme.
 

AEBR Executive Committee and General Assembly took place in the Great Hall of the Regional Parliament (Assembly) of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, as well as the Annual Conference 2022, convening politicians, representatives of European institutions, local actors from border regions from all over Europe, also from Ukraine, scholars, experts, NGOs, etc. They exchanged during the various sessions and workshops under the title “New solutions for the future of cross-border regions”.

Click on this link for more information, including the final programme and links to video recordings and presentations.

 


AEBR invited various representatives of Ukrainian regional and local authorities and civil society to share with us their situation, needs and expectations.
Cross-Border Award Sail of Papenburg 2022
The “Sail of Papenburg” prize was awarded during the celebrations in Novi Sad to the best cross-border cooperation projects for youth Congratulations to all winners: EGTC European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino, EUREGIO,  EUREGIO EGRENSIS AG Sachsen/Thüringen and the Universität für Weiterbildung Krems (Donau-Universität Krems) in collaboration with the Faculty of Technical Sciences of the University of Novi Sad. 
1st Prize: EGTC European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino (AT/IT)
2nd Prize: EUREGIO (DE/NL)
3rd Prize: Euregio Egrensis (CZ/DE)

Special Prize: Project partners of „Living Danube Limes“


From the left: Bernhard Bramlage, Chairman of the Sail of Papenburg Jury; Aleksandar Sofić, Autonomous Province of Vojvodina; Stefan Graziadei, South Tyrol (EGTC European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino); Joris Bengevoord, EUREGIO; Ralf Oberdorfer, Euregio Egrensis; Raffaela Woller, Danube University Krems; and a representative of the University of Novi Sad

Read the full article on AEBR website


A Focus on Youth
 
There was particular attention paid to the youth during our Annual Events, and you can read more on how AEBR has involved youth meaningfully on the website of the Interreg Volunteer Youth project (IVY). 

A new issue of Stories of European Cooperation
Youngsters building together a better Europe, coordinated by Interact and AEBR has been launched at the end of November.

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities calls youth delegates to apply to participate in the 2023 edition of the “Rejuvenating Politics” initiative: 
EN  FR

The European Parliament will invite young people to the European Youth Event (EYE2023) in Strasbourg and online on 9-10 June 2023 to co-create and participate in shaping Europe’s future.


AEBR-UEFA online workshop
 
On 12 December 2022, both organisations co-organized an online workshop on  Grassroots Football/Sport for Sustainable Border Regions to present best practices on social inclusion and CBC using football/sports, as well as a new model (outcomes contracting) for public authorities to finance this type of activities.

Read more on AEBR website.
 
 
The Council approved at the end of November its conclusions on cohesion policy, providing a general assessment of its role in fostering regional development in the EU, as well as the main implementation challenges and the way forward for the future. The Alliance reacted with a press release, welcoming the Member States’ commitment to keeping Cohesion Policy as a core pillar of the Union.

Last October, the partners of the Cohesion Alliance reaffirmed their commitment to support cohesion policy. Two years after the adoption of the first renewed declaration for a cohesive Europe, partners met again to show solidarity in the new geopolitical context. AEBR’s President Karl-Heinz Lambertz emphasised the need to guarantee sustainable development and equal opportunities for the citizens living in border regions.
Read more




AEBR’s team, members and partners participated in many workshops at the European Week of Regions and Cities last October. Here you can read more about and watch the video recordings of the workshops organized by AEBR or with AEBR participation on energy self-consumption, digital training for cooperation, addressing cross-border investment needs, young people in territorial cooperation, youth beyond borders, and b-solutions.
30 August 2022, working meeting on Developing EU Eastern External Borders, Lappeenranta (South Karelia, Finland)

25-28 July 2022, AEBR Youth Forum
Green Innovation in Border Regions, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Drama (Greece)
Other activities
 
We have also been invited to many other events and activities by the EU institutions, AEBR members and partners, on general or particular cross-border issues, and either online or on-site, the list of which would make this section very long. For further information on a particular activity or partner organisation, please contact AEBR Secretariat.

Most relevant in the last months:

14-16 December 2022, TEIN (Transfrontier Euro-Institut Network)
General Assembly and Annual Conference Borders in Flux and Border Temporatlities in and beyond Europe, Center for Cross-Border Studies of the University of the Greater Region, Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH), Belval (Luxemburg)

24-25 November 2022,
12th meeting of the EGTCs Platform, Liberec (CZ)

14-15 November 2022 (online), Internationale Wirtschaftliche Konferenz Peripherie in der Regionalentwiklung der Tschechien, Pilsen University Economy School

9-12 November 2022,
European Public Health Conference, Berlin, participation in the workshop Networking for life: How European regions develop/strengthen cross-border health

8-9 November 2022, Berlin Conference 2022
Co-Creating Europe from the Bottom-Up!, participation in an Open Discussion with Michael Müller, former Mayor of Berlin; René Wilke, Mayor of Frankfurt (Oder); Thomas Zenker, Mayor of Zittau; Dominic Fritz, Mayor of Timișoara; Rosa Balas Torres, Director-General for External Action of the Regional Government of Extremadura; and Anna Cavazzini, MEP

 
The Commission’s Border Focal Point keeps on being very active, supporting the implementation of b-solutions and is determined to go deeper in facilitating cross-border labour markets: the conference Vibrant Cross-Border Labour Markets will take place on 18-19 January 2023 in Brussels, with a particular flavour to b-solutions. Main sessions will be web-streamed live.

Through the project
Building Europe with Local Councillors, the Commission boosts a European network of locally elected politicians aimed at communicating about the EU through an unprecedented alliance between the European and local government structures. It’s easy to join. Simply fill out the application form, upload the signed declaration and submit.

On 14 September, President von der Leyen delivered the
State of the Union address to the Parliament, taking stock of the achievements of the past year and presenting the priorities for the year ahead. The main themes were the EU support for Ukraine, overcoming the energy crisis, climate, the rule of law, democracy, and support for European enterprises.
Click on this news, to see what’s coming up in 2023: renewable energy, circular economy, digital transformation and security, migration (available in all EU languages)

Research 4 REGI Committee:
During its 152nd Plenary Session on 30 November and 1 December 2022, the CoR debated on the food crisis, the European Year of Youth and the Future of EU Youth Policy, including the endorsement of the Charter for Youth and Democracy, the energy crisis and its effects in European households, the situation of Ceuta and Melilla (François Decoster, FR/Renew E.), Support for Ukrainian SMEs (Władysław Ortyl, PL/ECR), and Cohesion Policy in Rural Areas (Thibaut Guignard, FR/EPP).

It also adopted the following own opinions:
During its 151st Plenary Session on 10-12 October 2022, the CoR organized various debates: on the EU Annual Report on the State of Regions and Cities in the European Union, the new Cohesion Alliance for new challenges, on the Future of Europe with Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President of the European Commission for Democracy and Demography, and on the 27th UN Climate Change Conference (COP27). It also adopted the following own opinions:

EGTC Platform Annual Meeting in Liberec

On 24-25 November 2022, the 12th meeting of the EGTCs Platform took place in Liberec (CZ)



“Small Places Matter”
 
This is the name of the Pilot Action led by the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation of Norway to put the European Territorial Agenda 2030 into practice. AEBR collaborates with various TA's pilot actions, such as Cross-Border Spatial Planning: A vision for a cross-border functional region, led by the Ministry of Energy and Spatial Planning of Luxembourg within its “Luxembourg in Transition” process. This action is of upmost relevance for AEBR, as it considers a CB spatial planning approach for the functional development of the state and surrounding region. And Small Places Matter: Understanding how small places can boost their role for the development of a wider territory genuinely represents the feelings of many of our members, who must deal with the usual challenges, plus the threats of ageing and depopulation.

AEBR Insight has interviewed Irene McMaster, a Scottish expert working for Norway, to implement this inspiring action.
Click on this link to watch the interview on AEBR’s YouTube channel.


 
 
Council of the European Union

The Council approved on 10 November its conclusions on cohesion policy, providing a general assessment of its role in fostering regional development in the EU, as well as the main implementation challenges and the way forward for the future. The Council recalled that the objective of social, economic and territorial cohesion is at the heart of the European project. It also stressed the importance of protecting the financial interests of the EU. The Cohesion Alliance reacted with a press release, welcoming the Member States’ commitment to keeping Cohesion Policy as a core pillar of the Union. 
 
European Political Community

This is a new Forum for intergovernmental dialogue. Its first meeting took place in Prague on 6 October, bringing together EU and non-EU leaders across the continent to foster political dialogue and cooperation and to strengthen security, stability and prosperity. It has been suggested as a step towards the EU membership of Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and the Western Balkans, and perhaps as a framework for dialogue with the UK and other states (read more about this on the web of the Czech Presidency (in all EU languages) and on Euractiv.com).

 

The Network of Territorial Cohesion Contact Points (NTCCP) met in Ústí nad Labem on 13 September 2022 to follow up on the implementation of the Territorial Agenda 2030, in particular the Pilot Actions. ESPON also presented the New European Innovation Agenda and its implications for Territorial Cohesion. The associations of local and regional authorities are invited to these meetings but, unfortunately, there is little room for debate.
 
CBC with Neighbouring Countries
 
The European Court of Auditors has published a Special Report on ENI CBC programmes. This report is available in 24 languages and includes recommendations to better coordinate and enhance the monitoring of results.
 

 
AEBR Balkans participated in the Co-Design Workshop on the Conceptualization of the Green Transition in the Western Balkan on 8 November 2022. The workshop was organised within the framework of the GreenFORCE project, aiming to support the conceptualisation of Green Transition in the Western Balkans from a policy, social-economic, spatial, scientific and technological point of view through a back-casting scenario analysis.

AEBR Balkans also supports in the implementation of various projects, as well as events taking place in the region. It was very active supporting the organisation of AEBR Annual Events 2022 in Novi Sad, and has also assisted in the preparation of the first workshop organized with the UEFA.

 
AEBR organized a study visit to various European border regions for the Autonomous Binational Authority of Titicaca Lake (ALT) and the Congress of Mayors of Uruguay. The three organisations have established a Triangular Cooperation Alliance with the support of the EU Adelante Program to encourage the exchange of experiences on governance and cross-border development of international water basins. Read more


 
After various changes due to COVID regulations and other circumstances, the Organization of United Regions - Forum of Global Association of Regions decided to organize a meeting of the Bureau in Lima (Peru) on 25 October. The General Assembly was moved to Temuco (Araucanía, Chile) on 28 October, during the Zero Hunger Summit hosted by the Regional Government of Araucanía on 27-28 October. Read more on AEBR website.

Newsletter: 100 (December) EN  FR  ES; 99 (November) EN  FR  ES; 98 (October) ES

Agenda for 2023: EN  FR  ES

RegionsAdapt: regional strategies against climate change: EN  FR  ES

Rabat-Salé-Kénitra Declaration of Regional Governments to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 27)  EN  FR  ES   
Initiatives by AEBR and its members
AEBR projects

The first call for proposals under the EU-initiative b-solutions 2.0: Solving Cross-Border Obstacles (5th call) closed in October with 20 cases submitted by public bodies and cross-border structures from border regions all over Europe. Adding up to the nine cases selected in July and those to be selected under the new and last call, in the coming months a variety of cases of legal or administrative obstacles will be analysed.

Implementing cases under objective 2 of b-solutions is progressing, with a number of cases across the EU moving into accelerated implementation. The themes of these cases are as varied as the b-solutions cases themselves, but we are especially delighted to be supporting the implementation of a cross-border shared services platform for cultural events management which will support the delivery and cross-border compliance requirements for activities staged in Nova Gorica/Gorizia during 2025 when this exciting cross-border city and region will be the European Capital of Culture. We continue to offer opportunities for existing b-solutions cases to have additional support for the process where accelerated implementation is an option.

If you belong to an organisation which has sponsored a b-solutions case already and would like to discuss the implementation of your recommendations, please contact our b-solutions expert, Caitriona Mullan, 
c.mullan@aebr.eu.

We have built a pool with over 80 experts in cross-border cooperation who will advise these cases. The
 call for expressions of interest for experts to select legal experts remains open.

The
new and last call for proposals to submit further cases for b-solutions is open until 28 February 2023.
 
         
AEBR’s team took advantage of two occasions to involve and meet youth: AEBR’s annual events, where we invited three current IVY volunteers and a representative of Tomiño’s Youth Council, and the Interreg Annual Event, where eight volunteers joined us, and many more young people presented some successful initiatives targeting young people involved in cooperation policy. In the meantime, TESIM has published an interview with former IVY volunteer Khouloud Belhadj, showcasing IVY’s impact on young people’s life – Read the interview here. And the European Commission’s PANORAMA magazine celebrates IVY’s 5th anniversary.
 
All this brings us closer to getting to know at least some of the over 800 volunteers we have involved so far – and it’s always a great pleasure!

Also, we invite you to visit IVY’s new website:
https://www.interregyouth.com/

 
AEBR took part in this Interreg Europe project on Policies to promote the internationalisation of SMEs for more competitive regional ecosystems in border areas of the EU until 31 January 2022. This project comes now to its end: on 3 November, the closing conference took place in Pécs, Hungary. Both partners and external stakeholders showcased the impact and lessons learnt of the project and, more broadly, illustrated strategies to support the internationalization of SMEs, especially in a cross-border context. The video of the conference can be watched here. Policy briefings and action plans can be found here.

 
CB-Health
 
AEBR will continue to focus on how our AEBR DG SANTE Study of Cross-Border Patient Mobility can help to support the implementation of solutions for patient mobility and related policy issues. The recommendations of our study were included in the Evaluation of the Directive on the Rights of Patients in Cross-Border Healthcare. While some of these will be implemented directly by the Commission, our report highlighted the crucial role of regional actors in taking forward the grassroots implementation of some of the recommendations- and the role of INTERREG in continuing to support work in the area of cross-border health. We will also feed recommendations from the report into any new B-Solutions cases dealing with relevant patient mobility issues in border areas. 
News from AEBR members
The Working Community of the Pyrenees (CTP), currently under the presidency of the Basque Country, has been selected as one of the 5 pilot cases on multi-level governance and development of joint cross-border strategies by the European Commission in collaboration with the OECD. The CTP will receive OECD support to enhance healthcare coordination in the Pyrenees.

On 30 November, the President of the Province of Liège, Luc Gillard, handed the
Presidency of the EGTC Euregio Meuse-Rhine to the Governor of the Dutch Province of Limburg and King’s Commissioner, Emile Roeme.

8 November 2022,
Online Workshop Session How cross-border river connect citizens and territories? The river as a tool of territorial cohesion, EWRC2022 side event co-organized by EGTC GO (Italy-Slovenia) and EGTC Rio Minho (Portugal- Spain) as part of the Local Cooperation Dynamics Support Network Operational Programme of the Cross-Border Minho River [REDE_LAB_MINHO]

Regio Sonderjylland-Schleswig (DE/DK) celebrated its 25th anniversary at Gottorf Castle on 19 September. You can watch this
video report. The day before, a very interesting series of dialogues on challenges and problems regarding mobility and digitalisation, particularly across borders, took place at Glücksburg Castle.

GFGZ held the General Assembly in Neuhausen am Rheinfall on 17 September.

Eurodistrict PAMINA addresses regional governments and parliaments with a resolution on remote work in the French-German cross-border region (in
DE and FR).

 
Newsletters
We have also received the paper versions of various newsletters, and also PDFs (Egrensis Bayern, Extremadura) and non-linkable emails (CESCI, Observatório das Dinâmicas Transfronteiriças do Rio Minho)
 
Notifications

AEBR Projects Office has a new location. The new address is:

AEBR c/o BISDN GmbH
Körnerstraße 7-10
D-10785 Berlin
Germany

Effects of the latest crises on the willingness and understanding of cross-border cooperation in various continents

The AEBR implements a survey among its members and friends to ask them about the extent to which the various series of crises faced in the last years have affected their (and their professional and private circles’) willingness and understanding of cross-border cooperation (CBC) and the “open borders” paradigm. Two sets of questions explore general aspects such as the effects of the pandemic, financial and refugee crises, migration phenomena, the rise of populism and nationalism, and the need to react effectively to global warming on borders and border areas; and specific topics for specific actors: the effects of Brexit in Ireland, the consequences of the Ukrainian war in Central and Eastern European border regions, the transition to greener sources of energy in traditional coal producer areas, etc. 

The survey is still under construction, but the basic questions are ready and you can already participate by through
 this online form.

 
Thank you very much for your participation!
 
AEBR Events
9-10 March 2023: AEBR, Euregio Rhein-Waal and the Federal Ministry of Interior of Germany (BMI) organize a workshop on cross-border telework in Kleve, specially addressed to the German border and cross-border structures and their neighbours: Mobiles grenzüberschreitendes Arbeiten – neue Perspektiven für die Grenzregionen nach der Corona-Pandemie. We are updating the draft programme on our website, and registration is already open.

Kleve (Germany) 10 March 2023, an Executive Committee meeting is proposed to take place in Kleve in the afternoon, after closing the workshop with the BMI

11 March 2023, various tasks forces can meet in Kleve on Saturday: TF Interreg, TF Strategy

4-6 June 2023, AEBR Task Force External Borders (TFEB) is planning a meeting in early June in Ukraine (Uzhhorod)

June 2023, a meeting of the T4CBC (TF Cross-Border Culture) is planned to take place in Timiş (RO) during their Culture Capital of Europe.

June 2023, a meeting of the Executive Committee is planned in Maramureş (options: 9 or 16 June)

21 September, a Conference is planned in the territory of EUREGIO, previous to an Executive Committee meeting.

22 September, a meeting of the Executive Committee to deal especially with internal and structural issues (Statutes, finances, membership, internal organisation) is planned in the territory of EUREGIO

8-10 November, AEBR Annual Events, there are various conversations with potential hosts, but no agreement yet. In any case, please save these dates for AEBR Annual Events. More information will follow soon.
Other interesting events
18-19 January 2023, Conference on Vibrant Cross-Border Labour Markets, Charlemagne Bldg, Brussels, organized by the Commission's DG REGIO

8-9 February 2023, CoR 153rd Plenary Session, Brussels

13 February 2023, Webinar organized by the CoR and the Cross-Border Renewable Energy (CB RES) Programme, part of Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Cross-border Renewable Energy Projects.
Register here until 10 February. The event will be streamed using Microsoft Teams. The link to connect is available here.

12-16 February 2023, Association of Borderland Studies (ABS) World Conference, Eilat (Israel)

22-24 February 2023,
Zero Project Conference 2023 on Independent Living, Political Participation & ICT, Vienna, Austria

8 March 2023, Item/University of Maastricht seminar International Supply Chain Taxation

12-15 April 2023, Association of Borderland Studies (ABS) Annual Conference, Tempe (Arizona, US)
Im Zusammenhang mit dem Forschungsprojekt Cobo (coheion in border regions) ist für Mitte April ein 2-Tages-Workshop in Berlin geplant.

6-8 September 2023, International Conference
Contesting 21st Century B/Orders, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany.

8-10 November 2023,
6th Annual International Conference on Border Studies, University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley and Autonomous University of Tamaulipas

6 December 2023, 5th Grenzlandkonferenz, Nijmegen (NL)
Calls for proposals:
 
ESPON 2030 Targetted Analyses: ESPON has published its first invitation for Targeted Analyses proposals. Targeted Analyses are analytical studies focusing on a specific topic and territory(ies). They are tailored to respond to the applicant stakeholders' needs and provide solid scientific evidence to support the development of policies at the local, regional, national and European levels. You can find examples of Targeted Analyses implemented in the previous ESPON 2020 programme here, including some with AEBR participation.
This call focuses on our 4 recently approved
Thematic Action Plans: Climate-neutral territories, Governance of new geographies, Places resilient to crises, and Perspective for all people and places.
Deadline for applications: 24 February 2023, but this is just the first cut-off date. They plan to have another one within the year and about 2 every year, so even if you cannot make it for the first one, you still have time to prepare your partnership for the next one.

EUTeens4Green: call for projects for offering financial support of up to €10.000 to young people aged 15-24 (individuals, groups of youngsters, or youth associations) willing to run actions in their community to increase the participation of people affected by the shift to a green economy in one of the EU Just Transition regions. Please disseminate the news to young people. Deadline for applications is 9 January 2023.
Access the call here.

European Urban Initiative has launched the Innovative Actions Call for proposals with a budget of EUR 50 million in support to New European Bauhaus demonstrators supporting sustainable development in cities. The call is open until 19 January 2023. Access the call here.


Publications


Barajas, E.; Sierra, M. and Ureña, Y. (eds.) (2022) Narrativas y realidades de migrantes en contextos de frontera. Unidad de Publicaciones de la Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador - Instituto Pedagógico Rural “Gervasio Rubio, Rubio (Venezuela)
CESCI (2022) Cross-Border Review 2022. CESCI Europe Institute, Budapest
CESCI (2022) Snapshot of EGTCs with Hungarian Participation. Overview of the situation and performance of the EGTCs with Hungarian participation, Budapest
Dear, M. (2023) Border Witness. Reimagining the U.S.-Mexico borderlands through film. University of California Press, Oackland
Josiowicz, A.J. and Coronado, I. (eds.) (2022) Children Crossing Borders. Latin American Migrant Childhoods. The University of Arizona Press, Tucson
Journal of Borderland Studies, Special issue on The COVID-19 Pandemic: Territorial, Political and Governance Dimensions of Bordering by Francisco Lara Valencia & Jussi Laine
Konrad, V. and Amilhat Szary, A.L. (2023) Border Culture. Theory, Imagination, Geopolitics. Routledge, London
Leuprecht,C.; Hataley, T.; Brunet-Jailly, E. (2023) Patterns in Border Security: Regional Comparisons. Routledge, London
Lundgren, A. and Bogason, Á (2022) Re-start competence mobility in the Nordic Region, Nordregio working paper 2022:4
MOT (2022) The New challenges of cross-border mobility, the MOT Guides n°11 / Les nouveaux défis de la mobilité transfrontaière, les cahiers de la MOT n° 11
 
 
Calls for papers

12-15 April 2023, Association of Borderland Studies (ABS) 2023 Annual Conference Cultural Heritage and Borders: A Dialogue across Space and Time, Tempe (Arizona, US) (deadline: 15/1/2023)

12-15 June 2023, Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought (IARPT) Annual Conference Borders and Boundaries, Katholische Akademie, Berlin (deadline: 15/2/2023)

8-10 November 2023, 6th Annual International Conference on Border Studies, University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley and Autonomous University of Tamaulipas (deadline for proposals: 15/1/2023)
 
 
Newsletters from AEBR partners

Bertelsmann Foundation: December 2022 (Sustainable Governance Indicators project, Transatlantic Trade, Future of Cohesion)
Borders in Globalization:
Quarterly Newsletter
Centre for Cross-Border Studies: Latest News
Congress of Local and Regional Authorities (CoE): EN  FR
Cooperation and Working Together (CAWT): Autumn/Winter 2022
COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology): November 2022; October 2022
ESPON: ESPONEWS December 2022; November 2022; October 2022; September 2022
EURISY: #101 December 2022; #100 Autumn 2022
European Regional and Local Health Authorities (EUREGHA): #66 October-December
European Public Health Association (EUPHA): December 2022; November 2022;
Institut Jacques Delors, Infolettre: Décembre 2022; Novembre 2022; Octobre 2022; Septembre 2022
Institute of the Regions of Europe (IRE): #51 (Season’s Greetings); #50 (energy crisis); #49 (Salzburg Europe Summit)
Interreg Central Europe: December 2022; November 2022;
ITEM (Maastricht University): Recap ITEM Annual Conference 2022; October 2022
MOT: L’actualité transfrontaliére: #184 December 2022  EN  FR; #183 November 2022  EN  FR ; #182 October 2022  EN  FR
PLATFORMA (Local & Regional International Action): #105 (December 2022-January 2023)  EN  FR ; #104 (November 2022)  EN  FR ; #103 (October 2022)  EN  FR
Regions 4 Sustainable Development:
  • Conference on Biodiversity COP15, Montreal, 7-19 December
  • The Case Study Database, a project to share good practices and support the role of subnational governments in the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, is launched: EN, FR, ES
Saar-Moselle Eurodistrict: #22 December 2022 (DE/FR)
Spatial Foresight: #19
territorial future thoughts (cohesion mega-trends, cross-border labour markets, lake regions, …). You can also navigate through their interesting blog posts on cohesion, resilience & training, European scenarios and visions, territories, trends).
Stiftung Zukunft Berlin:
September 2022
TESIM: ENI CBC Bulletin December 2022 (All Interreg NEXT programmes adopted); November 2022; October 2022
 
 
Awards

New European Bauhaus Prizes 2023. Submit your project or idea by 31 January at 19:00 CET. The prizes recognise & exemplify sustainable & inclusive projects & support the younger generation. 
 
The European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation opens the call for nominations for the 16th Carlos V European Award for persons, organisations, projects or initiatives that have contributed, with their effort and dedication, to the general knowledge and enhancement of the cultural, social, scientific and historical values of Europe, as well as to the process of European construction and integration. Deadline: 20 January 2023. The regulation, call and form can be downloaded on Yuste Foundation’s website.
The Border Focal Point Network, operational at the Commission’s Futurium platform, is  a very good tool for the exchange of information, questions and answers. AEBR encourages very much its use to inform and get informed.
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