The Centre for Cross Border Studies and the International Centre for Local and Regional Development are supported by the EU's INTERREG IVA Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body
Welcome to BORDER-ZINE...
the E-Zine from the Centre for Cross Border Studies (CCBS) and the International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD)
This information service is an initiative made possible with funding from the EU INTERREG IVA Programme, through the Special EU Programmes Body. It is part of our larger INTERREG IVA Project - the Ireland Northern Ireland Cross Border Cooperation Observatory, Phase 2 – otherwise known as INICCO-2 that is being jointly managed and delivered by CCBS and ICLRD.
Border-Zine is now published monthly.
SEASONS GREETINGS FROM THE CCBS AND THE ICLRD
Both the International Centre for Local and Regional Development and the Centre for Cross Border Studies would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support over the past year. We wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas and every best wish for 2014.
SEND US YOUR EVENT, RESEARCH OR NEWS
We welcome your contributions on forthcoming cross-border events, research and other cross-border projects.
If you would like to use our online information bulletin please send your event or news item by email to CarolAnne Murphy
by the last working day of the month for inclusion in the next issue.
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DR ANTHONY SOARES JOINS THE CENTRE FOR CROSS BORDER STUDIES AS NEW RESEARCH AND POLICY MANAGER
Anthony joins the Centre for Cross Border Studies having been the founder and co-Director of Queen's Postcolonial Research Forum, as well as the Coordinator of the BA in Spanish & Portuguese Studies at Queen's University, where he was appointed as Lecturer in Portuguese Studies in 2001.
His major research interests are related to the emergence of national and communityidentities in postcolonial contexts, with a particular focus on Timor-Leste. Anthony spent two periods of fieldwork in Timor-Leste, but as one of his interests is on migrant communities, he also undertook research with East Timorese communities in Australia, Portugal and Northern Ireland, looking at the extent to which they saw themselvescontinuing to contribute to the construction of their homeland, and how they created networks that transcended national borders, including those that exist on the island of Ireland.
Prior to this work, Anthony also completed research in 2001 on the then-emerging Portuguese migrant community in Northern Ireland.
Border People Training – Big Demand – Big Success
Many thanks to the 97 Information Providers who attended the first series of Border People’s cross border training sessions.
The one day course introduced the Social Welfare system in the other jurisdiction and included issues relevant to people crossing the border to live, work or retire. It was especially designed to meet the needs of those who provide cross border information and advice to the public.
A spring series will be launched in the New Year and will be delivered in areas with most demand. We are currently inviting Information Providers to register their interest.
The Border People website [www.borderpeople.info
] is the central access point for cross-border mobility information on the island of Ireland.
ANNUAL CCBS/ICLRD CONFERENCE
The Centre for Cross Border Studies (CCBS) and the International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD) will be holding a joint conference on 30-31st January 2014
in Cavan Crystal Hotel, Cavan.
The theme of this two-day event is Cross-Border Economic Development and the Border Development Zone (BDZ) Concept.
PARLIAMENTARY REFERENCES TO CROSS-BORDER ISSUES
We now publish monthly summaries (in PDF format) of Parliamentary references to cross-border issues on our website. Both the NI Assembly and the Oireachtas (Dáil & Seanad) are covered.
Each reference has a link to the full Question, Ministerial Statement or Debate.
SCHOLARS AT RISK (SAR)
News and updates will be posted on the SAR section of the Universities Ireland website
INTERTRADEIRELAND - Go-2-Tender Workshop dates
How to get your share of the €12.1/£10.4 Billion All-Island Public Procurement Market. InterTradeIreland has developed a number of procurement initiatives and services to give you the confidence, knowledge and practical skills to tender successfully for public sector contracts particularly on a cross-border basis.
2014 Workshop Dates Now Available >>
InterTradeIreland's Go-2-Tender programme aims to give SMEs the confidence, knowledge and practical skills to tender successfully for public sector contracts particularly on a cross-border basis.
CALL FOR SCOTENS NORTH/SOUTH RESEARCH PROJECTS January 2014-2015
In line with its objective of providing a supportive framework for collaborative research and professional activities in teacher education in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South (SCoTENS) provides ‘SEED FUNDING’ for projects such as research, conferences and exchanges which further this objective
Closing date: 30th January 2014
NEW: MATCHING SERVICE FOR SCOTENS NORTH/SOUTH RESEARCH PROJECTS
The purpose of the matching service is to help applicants find partners in a relevant subject area from the other jurisdiction.
As the funding is for a COLLABORATIVE project, a minimum of 2 partners is required, with at least one of the partners coming from each jurisdiction, north and south. The application has to be for a joint project to secure funding.
THE CENTRAL GOOD RELATIONS FUNDING PROGRAMME
The Fund supports productive, time bound projects which contribute to the promotion of good relations and to building a united and shared community, and associated Ministerial priorities aimed at building a united, shared and reconciled community as identified in the good relations strategy Together: Building a United Community, published on 23 May 2013.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE EU-METALIC II SCHOLARSHIP PROJECT
The EU-Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Algerian, Libya in International Cooperation (EU-METALIC II) Programme offers scholarships for undergraduate, master, doctoral and post-doctoral students and staff. These scholarships are financed with the support of the Erasmus Mundus programme of the European Union and will cover travel, insurance, participation costs and subsistence allowance.
Application deadline: Friday 17th January 2014
THE MISSION OPÉRATIONNELLE TRANSFRONTALIÈRE (MOT) UNVEILS ITS NEW WEBSITE
A unique resource centre for cross-border cooperation in Europe.
As the MOT’s president, Michel Delebarre*, emphasises: “This new website is intended to be a tool in the service of cross-border territories. The site must belong to those involved in cross-border cooperation, and we therefore invite you to contribute, and enrich it with your cross-border experiences and projects!”.
COMMISSION WELCOMES EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT'S SUPPORT FOR FUNDAMENTAL REFORM OF COHESION POLICY
The EU Commission has welcomed the European Parliament's vote this week to endorse reform of the Cohesion Policy.
The Parliament gave its consent to new rules that refocus investment in the real economy, on key areas to create jobs and foster growth. The reforms also set new conditions for funding and place a greater emphasis on measuring results. In addition, they put in place some common rules for all five European Structural and Investment Funds (European Regional Development Fund, European Social Fund, Cohesion Fund, European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, European Maritime and Fisheries Fund) for the 2014-2020 period and make them simpler to use. The new rules are due to be formally adopted shortly by the EU's Council of Ministers.
For Ireland this is good news in terms of regional and employment programmes:
- Cohesion money is to be topped up by an additional allocation of EUR 100 million for the Border, Midlands and Western region. This comes on top of the cohesion money allocated on basis of the normal eligibility rules.
- The PEACE (Northern Ireland) programme will continue in the next seven year period with a total of EUR 150 million.
- Top-up under the Youth Employment Initiative. This initiative is open to all regions with levels of youth unemployment above 25%. Eligibility and number of unemployed youth is determined on the basis of Union figures for the year 2012.
- Additional Rural Development envelope of EUR 100 million -100% co-financed until review in 2016.
IRELAND AS A PLACE OF SANCTUARY
To coincide with World Human Rights Day, a number of speakers will provide some thought provoking discussion on the whole concept of sanctuary
Tuesday 10th December commencing at 9.30am and ending with lunch at 1pm.
The event is being organised by the Junction, Donegal Community Workers Co-op, North West Community Network and Community Dialogue and will be held at St Augustine’s Church Hall, Derry/Londonderry, the reputed site of the original monastery of St. Columba and which is regarded as the first ever monastery that provided sanctuary in Ireland.
A major new exhibition called ‘Aftermath’ is set to tour a number of galleries in Ireland over the next few months setting out to explore the aftermath of conflict and trauma from the troubles of Northern Ireland and conflict situations worldwide.
It will be shown in Dublin, Newry and Belfast until the end of the 2013.
Exhibition tour dates:
- Belfast Exposed, Belfast: 5 December – 20 December
CROSS BORDER BUSINESS SUPPORT EXPO
Thursday 30 January 2014, 9.30 - 1.00
Carrickdale Hotel, Carrickcarnon, Ravensdale, Dundalk
This one stop expo will be an opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to see what support they can obtain? They will also find out what business grants they can apply for? Which funded programmes will help grow their business? Also, what finance is available to them. If they are thinking of entering new markets what do they need to survive. If they are thinking of expanding or recruiting where can they look to for advice.
The event is joint hosted by Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade and is supported by InterTradeIreland, Louth Business Support Unit and Louth County Enterprise Board.
Further information >>
DIGITAL AND SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING
Part of the Tradelinks 2 Continuence programme, the aim of this event is to provide a forum for businesses from Northern Ireland and the six border counties of the Republic of Ireland to network and to develop an understanding of how digital marketing can assist companies in developing their business, particularly in undertaking cross-border trade.
- 14 February 2014 – Enniskillen
- 12 March 2014 - Templepatrick
‘IRELAND AND ECOCRITICISM’ Second Interdisciplinary Conference
19-21 June 2014, University College Cork
- Christine Cusick, editor of Out of the Earth: Ecocritical Readings of Irish Texts
- Oona Frawley, author of Irish Pastoral: Nostalgia and Twentieth-Century Irish Literature
- Sinéad Morrissey, Belfast Poet Laureate
The conference hopes to attract contributions from a variety of disciplines, not just across the arts, but, ideally, breaching the divide between the arts and sciences, as ecocriticism is uniquely positioned to do. Proposals for both English and Irish-language contributions, papers and panels, are welcome from all interested scholars.