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ISSUE 10: May 2014

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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.

The Centre for Cross Border Studies (CCBS) / International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD) News & Events

UK Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation

The Centre for Cross Border Studies (CCBS) presented the development and importance of the Cross-Border Management Toolkit in a meeting of the UK Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation. The CCBS Research and Policy Manager, Anthony Soares, spoke of the intercultural content of the Toolkit, as well as the learning opportunities presented by collaborating through the PAT-TEIN network in the creation and adaptation of a toolkit aimed at actors in the field of cross-border cooperation.  In a break-out discussion of the future plans of the UK Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation, interest was also expressed by members in the CCBS's experience in the development and delivery of the Impact Assessment Toolkit, as well as the current development of an Evaluation Toolkit for cross-border projects.

CCBS attends 5th Meeting of the PAT-TEIN partnership

CCBS was represented by its Director, Ruth Taillon, and its Research and Policy Manager, Anthony Soares, at the fifth meeting of the PAT-TEIN partnership, which took place at the University of Ljubljana on the 15th and 16th of April. Nine partners from six different European border regions are involved in the development and transfer of a Cross-Border Project Management Toolkit, and at the meeting in the Slovenian capital CCBS updated progress in producing its border-specific version of the Toolkit. The Toolkit will be launched at the EU parliament in Strasbourg in mid-September.

CCBS responds to inquiry on the Barroso Task Force

CCBS provided written evidence to the Inquiry into the Barroso Task Force initiated by the Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister.  Among some of its views, CCBS stressed how the Barroso Task Force had "provided privileged and timely access to a wide range of European Union policy areas", and how it had "underlined the importance of cross-border cooperation and joint Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland governmental efforts in addressing problems common to both jurisdictions".  Read full response

Keynote speaker confirmed for seminar on Cross Border Social Security Co-ordination

Your Europe Legal Advisor Siobhan Duffy has been confirmed as keynote speaker at the next Border People seminar which will take place in Dundalk on 18th June 2014. 
The morning session will introduce the Your Europe initiative and will focus on Social Security Co-ordination from a North/South, cross border perspective.  The event is particularly relevant to Information Advisors working or volunteering in organisations that deal with cross border enquiries from the public.   
Further details will be available soon
Early online registration
Find out more about Your Europe 

CCBS Welcomes Delegation from Tajikistan

CCBS hosted a high-level delegation from the Republic of Tajikistan to the region. The visit, facilitated by the German state development agency GIZ, has the aim of introducing cross-border policymakers and project managers from Tajikistan to the Irish model of transfrontier cooperation. Read the press release

Conference: Reflecting on a decade of War and Revolution in Ireland 1912-1923: the road to war

Universities Ireland, the network of university presidents and vice-chancellors on the island of Ireland, is sponsoring the third in a series of conferences to commemorate the centenary of key events in the history of modern Ireland ranging from the Ulster Covenant, through the First World War and the 1916 Rising, to the foundation of the Irish and Northern Irish States in Belfast City Hall on Saturday 14th June under the title ‘Reflecting on a decade of War and Revolution in Ireland 1912-1923: the road to war’.

The keynote speakers will include Professor Thomas Otte, Professor of Diplomatic History, University of East Anglia who will deliver an address entitled July 1914: Reflections on an Inadvertent war and Professor Keith Jeffery, Professor of British History, Queen's University Belfast who will deliver an address entitled Reflections on Ireland and the First World War.
Download a draft programme 
Click here to register for this free event 

Data for Decisions Workshop 

AGI Northern Ireland in association with AIRO (All-Island Research Observatory at NUI Maynooth) will be facilitating a Data for Decisions Workshop alongside the AGI Conference in Belfast. The conference “Open GeoSpatial” will run on Tuesday May 13th with the workshop on Monday May 12th.

The Data for Decisions 1 day workshop is aimed at developing skills in decision making using geographic data from the 2011 Census for both Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. A new All-Island Atlas has recently been developed by the All-Island Research Observatory, NUI Maynooth and the International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD) as part of the Ireland Northern Ireland Cross-border Cooperation Observatory (INICCO-2) CrosSPlaN-2 funded research programme. 

The workshop is primarily aimed at planners, policy makers and decision makers and not GIS professionals. Delegates will gain an understanding of how they can use Geographic Data and use the Open Source QGIS (QGIS) package to improve evidence based planning decisions using the 2011 Census results.

The one day workshop is free to attend and is aimed at those with little or no GIS experience. The workshop will run in Belfast and 10 spaces are available. Attendees will need to supply their own laptop PC or Mac with ability to read USB drives. 
For more information and to register your place please contact Aoife Dowling at AIRO.

Sector News & Events


Scholars at Risk (SAR)

The Scholars at Risk Network 2014 Global Network Congress

Ruth Taillon, the Centre for Cross Border Studies Director and Secretary of Universities Ireland attended the Scholars at Risk Network 2014 Global Network Congress 9-10 April, 2014 in Amsterdam. Over the two days, participants from 49 institutions representing 30 countries discussed how to take the work of Scholars at Risk forward under the three themes of Protection, Prevention and Promotion.  On behalf of Universities Ireland, Ruth reported to the Congress that the Irish section of Scholars at Risk will soon be convening a working group from the ten Irish Universities to plan how the important work of the network can be further developed here. More information on the Congress 


News and updates will be posted on the SAR section of the Universities Ireland website regularly.  

Cross-Border Education


Call for Papers of the International Conference Collective vs Collected Memories 1989–1991 from an Oral History Perspective  

The twenty-fifth anniversary of 1989 in Eastern Europe invites us to analyse the gradual transformation of memories of the collapse of state socialism at individual and collective levels. It offers an opportunity to historicize the ‘memory boom’ that began in 1989/1991 and continues to define the cultures of the region.  The Conference Collective vs Collected Memories 1989–1991 from an Oral History Perspective takes place in Warsaw 6-8 November 2014.   

The Genealogies of Memory program invites scholars engaged in memory studies, oral history, or biographical research to discuss their conceptual agendas, focusing on how the change has been commemorated, remembered, or forgotten in Eastern Europe and beyond.  European Network Remembrance and Solidarity calls for papers related to the topic of this conference.   If you are interested please send your abstract of no more than 300 words together with a short biographical statement by 15 May 2014.  Abstracts will be selected by the academic committee. 
General Information 
Further information on the conference

EURAC Federal Scholar in Residence Programme

The Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism of the European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen (EURAC) in South Tyrol, Northern Italy, invites applications to their Federal Scholar in Residence Programme.  Applications are welcome from those who are working on issues related to comparative federalism, regionalism or intergovernmental relations. This includes academics and civil servants, those who have interest in multi-level governance and government, people just beginning their career, or eager to reflect further upon federal and regional studies.  The winner of the program is granted a research stay up to three weeks at the EURAC-Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism located in the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen (South Tyrol, Italy).  
Further information about the programme and its requirements 

The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Programme

The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Programme is an international researcher mobility programme offering 10-month residencies in one of the participating Institutes: Berlin, Bologna, Budapest, Cambridge, Delmenhorst, Edinburgh, Freiburg, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Lyon, Marseille, Paris, Uppsala, Vienna, Wassenaar, Zürich.  The Programme welcomes applications worldwide from promising young scholars as well as from leading senior researchers. Applications are submitted online by 12 pm 5th June.  
Click here for more information and to apply online 

Cross-Border Events

Cross-Border Employment Advice Fair
Eures Cross Border Partnership in association with Dundalk Chamber of Commerce are hosting a Jobs & Advice Fair on Friday the 23rd May 2013 in the Marshes Shopping Centre Dundalk from 10am to 5pm.

The event will be attended by local employers, locally based Employment Advice Agencies, Business Start-up Advisers, Irish Advice and Welfare Agencies.  A number of Cross Border Advisers will be available to assist those interested in employment and career development options both north and south. Click here for more information

European Matters

European Professional Card (EPC) 

The European Professional Card is a project aimed to facilitate the free movement of professionals in the EU.  It would make it easier for professional qualifications to be recognised and for members of a regulated profession to practise elsewhere in the EU.
On 8 October 2013, the European Commission launched a call for expressions of interest asking national and EU-wide professional organisations and associations whether they were interested in introducing the European Professional Card (EPC).

The results were published on 6 December 2013. After reviewing the main features of the professions interested in introducing the EPC, the European Commission proposed that 7 of them be assessed in greater detail.  As a result on 7 April 2014 the European Commission published a consultation on introducing the European Professional Card (EPC) for nurses, doctors, pharmacists, physiotherapists, engineers, mountain guides & real estate agents.   The Consultation will run until 2 June 2014.  
Find out more about the consultation 
Read more about the European Professional Card project

New EU website on cross-border tax issues 

The European Commission has launched a new website on cross-border tax issues.  The website provides information on the most frequently arising cross-border tax problems faced by EU citizens within the EU and the ways in which the European Commission or EU countries’ tax administrations can assist. It also includes the contact details of the persons who can help you in a given situation.  Browse website

European Commission has launched a new online tool to promote digital entrepreneurship

The European Commission has launched a new online tool, the Watify platform, to promote digital entrepreneurship.  It is an interactive, responsive website aimed at European entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. Among the features of the website is a tool that provides guidelines to entrepreneurs that are starting up their online business or expanding across border. More information



Austerity impact in Republic and Northern Ireland

Trade union Unite has published new research in Poverty, ‘Poverty is a Feminist Issue’.  This highlights poverty and deprivation among women throughout the island of Ireland.  Regional Equalities Officer Taryn Trainor said that the figures highlight the disproportionate impact of the economic crisis and the austerity responses to it on women in both jurisdictions.  
Read the full press release and download the research


Cross-Border News 


InterTradeIreland’s cross-border statistics new website

InterTradeIreland has revamped its cross-border statistics website adding new interactive charts and tables with insights to cross-border flows on the island. In these web-pages you will be able to access total and sector cross-border trade data for Ireland and Northern Ireland as well as statistics on key areas such as cross-border tourism and cross-border student flows.
Browse the website




Transforming Conflict Through Social and Economic Development: Practice and Policy Lessons from Northern Ireland and the Border Counties

The book Transforming Conflict Through Social and Economic Development: Practice and Policy Lessons from Northern Ireland and the Border Counties by Sandra Buchanan has just been published. 

The book examines lessons learned from the Northern Ireland and Border Counties conflict transformation process through social and economic development and their consequent impacts and implications for practice and policymaking.  It includes a range of functional recommendations produced for other regions emerging from and seeking to transform violent conflict.   It provides, for the first time, a comprehensive assessment of the region’s transformation activity, largely amongst grassroots actors, enabled by a number of specific funding programmes, the International Fund for Ireland, Peace I, II and III and INTERREG I, II and IIIA. 

The book will be essential reading for students, practitioners and policymakers in the fields of peace and conflict studies, conflict transformation, peacebuilding, post-agreement reconstruction and the political economy of conflict and those interested in contemporary developments in the Northern Ireland peace process. Further information


Are you interested in learning skills in Peace-Methods, Mediation, Intercultural Dialogue, Confidence Building and Conflict-Solution

On the 17 - 27 August 2014, in Switzerland the International Summer Academy in Peace-building & Intercultural Dialogue takes place.  The main goal of the international summer academy is to support institutional academic peace education and strengthen peace-building skills and intercultural dialogue of the international society.  It will include workshops, lectures, presentations, interactive group work, brainstorming on conflict places, mediation operations and peace negotiation activities and case studies.
Further information on the International summer academy including how to participate

Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster

Applications are open for academic year 2014-15 for LLM Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice, and LLM Gender, Conflict and Human Rights.  Applications are invited from graduates in Law (or a related discipline with relevant experience) who have attained or are about to attain a second class honours classification.  The deadline for completed applications to the programme is 30 June 2014.
Apply online (go to 'Law LLM where the programmes will be listed) 
More information on the courses 
Scholarships (partial payment of fees) are available:  More details 


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