May 2016
Issue No. 34
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In this month's Border-zine:
 

CCBS NEWS

CCBS and Armagh Public Library host inaugural annual lecture:
“The Stranger at the Gate”, speaker: Archbishop Richard Clarke
 


Marking a new stage in co-operation between the Centre for Cross Border Studies and Armagh Public Library, our two institutions came together on 25 May to jointly host the inaugural lecture of what is planned to be an annual event, held in the beautiful Library building. Church of Ireland Primate of All-Ireland, The Most Reverend Dr Richard Clarke, brought both national and international experience to a subject of great moral and political significance, which is testing all the European democracies. The arrival of large numbers of refugees has raised complex issues in host countries, not least fears around pressures on services and potential changes to community identity. The welcoming of refugees, therefore, is seen to involve careful moral thinking and the balancing of needs and obligations. In his address, Dr Clarke examined what our response should be to the refugee crisis and commented that all major religious value systems embrace humanity, caring and respect, and the tradition of granting protection to those in danger. Furthermore he said that the principles of modern refugee law have their oldest roots in these ancient texts and traditions. CCBS Director, Ruth Taillon, commented, “We are honoured to have the Archbishop deliver this inaugural annual lecture, organised in partnership with our friends in the Library.” Very Revd Gregory Dunstan, Keeper of Armagh Public Library, said, “We are delighted to host this important event with the Centre for Cross-Border Studies.”

The full text of Archbishop Richard’s Address can be downloaded here

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CCBS EVENTS
Cross-Border Implications of NI Social Security: Welfare Reform & Brexit
Tues 14 June 2016, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm, Crowne Plaza, Dundalk

This morning seminar will examine the cross-border implications of NI Social Security: Welfare Reform & Brexit.  The event will include presentations from the Law Centre NI and the Centre for Cross Border Studies. It will be of interest to policy and decision makers in Government Departments, Citizens Information Board and Citizens Advice. It is also relevant to those working in organisations providing citizens information in both jurisdictions. This is an excellent opportunity for cross-border networking and knowledge sharing. There is no charge to attend, but places are strictly limited and will be issued on a first-come basis. Register online here


'A Study of Cross-Border Flows within the Agri-Food Sector' - Briefing Event
2pm-4pm, 15th JUNE 2016 - North South Ministerial Council Headquarters (Armagh)

The Agri-Food sector for both Northern Ireland and Ireland serves as an essential component of the domestic economy and is the largest cross-border trading sector on the island of Ireland. With activity spanning across the supply chain, a high percentage of locally sourced materials and a substantial export market, the Agri-Food sector continues to be a key driver for the overall economy. This recent report offers a unique snapshot of cross-border activity within the Agri-Food Sector. Dr Anthony Soares, Deputy Director of the Centre for Cross Border Studies, will present the key findings which are intended to inform future strategic planning for the sector on both sides of the border and between each jurisdiction. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free of charge, however places are limited so early registration is essential. To register please visit our Eventbrite page here.
 

The Inaugural Sir George Quigley Memorial Lecture:
'Competitiveness on the Island of Ireland'

6:30pm-8:30pm, 15th JUNE 2016 - Armagh Public Library

Sir George Quigley has been justly recognised as the ‘father’ of practical North-South cooperation on the island of Ireland. Throughout his extensive career in public service and later prominent business role, Sir George championed the call for an ‘island economy’, through cross-border cooperation, as an essential means for peace and reconciliation in Ireland. In setting a standard for policy-making and discourse, Sir George was a leading exponent of economic reform and the need for a new skills base to attract high value industry. In this spirit, this inaugural memorial lecture, delivered by Professor Frances Ruane (Former Director of the Economic and Social Research Institute) will explore the state of economic competitiveness in each jurisdiction on the island of Ireland, against the backdrop of the current economic and political climate.

The event is free of charge, however places are limited so early registration is recommended. To register please visit our Eventbrite page here.
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CROSS-BORDER NEWS

Centre for Effective Services - Graduate Intern Programme

The Centre for Effective Services (CES) is currently accepting applications for the 2016 / 2017 Graduate Intern Programme.  CES connect policy, practice and research, helping to ensure the implementation of effective services, to improve the lives of people living across the island of Ireland. CES’ Graduate Intern Programme recruits recently qualified graduates or post-graduates and provides them with a full time structured training programme over a period of 12 months. The graduate interns will have the potential to work in a wide range of settings, including government departments and service providing agencies and organisations in Ireland, Northern Ireland and further afield. CES Applicants are requested to download and complete the CES Graduate Intern Programme Application Form and send to office@effectiveservices.org by 5pm on Wednesday 1 June 2016.

Download additional details of CES Graduate Intern Programme here.
Download the application form here
 

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EU NEWS

PES Group Photo Competition 'Imagine Europe Without Borders'

What are borders? How do they affect our lives? What makes them “real” or “imaginary”? How are they changing? What does this mean for us as individuals, and as citizens of our town, region, country or the European Union? ‘Imagine Europe without borders’ invites both amateur and professional photographers to capture their interpretation of this very topical issue in a photo. The competition runs until 30 June 2016. Winners will be announced in October 2016.
More information here.

Getting Citizens Closer to the EU:
Commission Launches first "Europe in my Region" Campaign


The European Commission launches today the first "Europe in My Region" campaign to encourage citizens to discover and learn more about EU-funded projects all around Europe. Organised by Commission's Directorate-General for Regional Policy with the support of Managing Authorities and the Commission's Representations, "Europe in My Region" will run from 29 April to 11 June in 23 EU countries involving over 1,200 events with thousands of citizens expected to attend. Europe in My Region" is organised around four different initiatives: the EU Open Project Days,a treasure hunt, a photo competition and a blogging campaign. All these activities aim to encourage citizens to visit EU-funded projects while sharing images and experiences via social media. More information:
Europe in My Region

Roaming to Become Cheaper from 30 April
 

As from 30 April 2016, new roaming tariffs come into effect in the EU. The new rates are:
  • Outgoing voice calls (per minute): Domestic price + up to €0.05
  • Incoming voice calls (per minute): €0.0114
  • Outgoing texts (per SMS message): domestic price + up to €0.02
  • Online (data download, per MB): domestic price + up to €0.05
Roaming charges will cease to exist in the EU as of 15 June 2017.

More information available here.

Applications Now Open for the 2019 European Green Capital and Green Leaf Awards

Applications are now open for the 2019 European Green Capital and 2018 European Green Leaf Awards. The European Green Capital Award is open to cities with over 100,000 inhabitants while the European Green Leaf Award is open to cities with between 20,000 and 100,000 inhabitants. The Awards reward cities which are making efforts to improve the urban environment and move towards healthier and sustainable living areas. See more information here.


My City - Photography Competition

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has just launched the ‘My City’ photography competition. Participants can depict a European city of their choice to tell a positive or negative story through their photos.The winners of each of three categories (Sustainable lifestyle in a city; Getting around in a city; Leisure time in a city) will receive a cash prize of €1,000. The winners of the Public Choice award and the Youth Prize will each receive a cash prize of €500. The deadline for submission of entries is 15 August. For more information click here.


2016 European Economic and Social Committee Civil Society Prize

The 2016 European Economic and Social Committee Civil Society prize will reward initiatives carried out by civil society organisations and/or individuals and aimed at improving migrants' lives and fostering their integration in society. The prize, which has a total value of €50,000 and will be awarded on 15 December 2016, is open to civil society organisations officially registered within the European Union and acting at European, national, regional or local level. It is furthermore open to individuals. The deadline for submitting applications is 9 September 2016. For more information click here.

Commission Makes an Important Step Towards a Digital Single Market


The European Commission wants to boost e-commerce by tackling geoblocking and making cross-border parcel delivery more affordable. It also wants to create a fairer environment through updated EU audiovisual rules and tables a new approach to online platforms. Delivering on its Digital Single Market and Single Market strategies, the European Commission this week presented a three-pronged plan to boost e-commerce by tackling geoblocking, making cross-border parcel delivery more affordable and efficient and promoting customer trust through better protection and enforcement. New e-commerce rules: Preventing geoblocking and other forms of discrimination based on nationality or place of residence

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OTHER NEWS

MSc Applied Peace and Conflict Studies Now Accepting Applications for September 2016

In 2016 INCORE will offer two programmes in Applied Peace and Conflict Studies. Based within Ulster University's International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) in Derry-Londonderry, this programme has a strong focus on post-violence peacebuilding. The course is based in an active research and practice Institute working locally and globally. For more information on the MSc. Applied Peace and Conflict studies programme click here.

The formal teaching is supplemented by an informal programme of lectures, seminars and study visits, and students have access to a range of events organised by INCORE and other associated institutes at the university. Find out about all INCORE Peace and Conflict programmes here.

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