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ISSUE 11: Jun 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.

CCBS / ICLRD News & Events




ICLRD Staff Changes

John Driscoll has recently stepped down as Director of the ICLRD.  Having served as director for almost 8 years, John is transitioning into the role of President of his home Institute in Boston, the Institute for International Urban Development (I2UD). We wish him all the best in his new role.  Caroline Creamer, who has held the post of Deputy Director of the ICLRD for a number of years, is now Acting Director.  

CCBS response to Measuring Wellbeing in Northern Ireland

The Centre for Cross Border Studies has submitted its response to the report, Measuring Wellbeing in Northern Ireland: A new conversation for new times, produced by the Carnegie Roundtable on Measuring Wellbeing in Northern Ireland.

The report reflects the outcomes of the Measuring What Matters in Northern Ireland conference, which was organised in the Autumn of 2013 by the Carnegie UK Trust in collaboration with the School of Law at Queens University Belfast. As part of an ongoing international debate on going beyond a focus on GDP and measuring what matters, the Carnegie UK Trust and its stakeholders are exploring how the concept of wellbeing can be used to promote social change in Northern Ireland.

In our response to what is a welcome document, CCBS notes that "it is vital that we recognise that [Northern Ireland's] wellbeing is dependent on the wellbeing of the citizens of the neighbouring jurisdiction, and of those further afield (particularly within the European context). Failure to recognise this and to engage in a process that seeks to address wellbeing in isolation - concerned exclusively with outcomes limited by a border - will result in missed opportunities to achieve greater degrees of sustainable wellbeing".

Read the full response.
More information on the Carnegie Roundtable on Measuring Wellbeing in Northern Ireland



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.  This conference will take place 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
Register for this free event 

More speakers 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. Other speakers include representatives from the Department for Social Development, Social Security Agency and the Department of Social Protection.

The morning session is particularly relevant to Information Advisors working or volunteering in organisations that deal with cross border enquiries from the public.   
Further details  
Register online  

Sector News & Events


Scholars at Risk (SAR)

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

Cross-Border Events


Institute for British-Irish Studies Annual Conference:
Constitutions and Culture Wars

The Institute for British-Irish Studies annual conference ‘Constitutions and Culture Wars: Northern Ireland, the Irish State and the North-South Dimension’ takes place on Monday, 16 June 2014 at the John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies, University College Dublin.  
More information on the conference 
Register your place 

Wealth, Inequalities and Ageing in Ireland, North and South

The Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) will launch the findings of two new research reports dealing with the issues of wealth, inequalities and ageing in Ireland, North and South on Thursday, 12 June at The Mount Conference Centre, Belfast. 

Professor Paddy Hillyard, Queen's University Belfast will present findings on wealth among older people across the island of Ireland and Paul McGill, CARDI will present findings on income and wealth inequalities within this age group.  This may be useful to those interested in the area of social and economic policy and its interplay with ageing populations. 
For more information on the event and all the speakers download the programme
Book your place for this free event

European Matters


European Commission publishes European map of regulated professions 

The European Commission has published a European map of regulated professions. Regulated professions are those whose practice is subject to having particular qualifications, or for which the use of a specific title is protected, e.g. pharmacists or architects.  This is part of the process of modernisation of the Directive on the recognition of professional qualifications.  If a professional wishes to relocate to another Member State to work in their professional field, there may be a requirement to apply to have their professional qualifications recognised.  The process differs depending on the national laws of the Member State.

The interactive map gathers together the most important information on how professions are regulated in the different Member States. 
More information on the map 
More information on the Modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive 

EU Finance Ministers discuss tax loophole 

At the Council of the European Union Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting on 6 May EU Finance ministers discussed amendments aimed at closing a tax loophole that has allowed cross-border corporations to avoid paying taxes on certain types of profits.  The amendments aim to put an end to the situation whereby corporate groups could exploit differences between national tax laws and profit from double non-taxation by means of hybrid loan arrangements. Read for more information on the directive and amendments

Public consultation on the Europe 2020 strategy 

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the Europe 2020 strategy, the EU's long-term growth and jobs plan. Through this public consultation, the Commission is seeking the views of all interested people and organisations on the Europe 2020 strategy. The consultation will be open until 31 October 2014.
For more information 
Details on responding to the consultation 

State aid: European Commission adopts Guidelines on regional aid for 2014-2020

The European Commission has adopted guidelines on how Member States can grant investment aid to companies in order to support the development of disadvantaged regions in Europe between 2014 and 2020. The guidelines will enter into force on 1 July 2014.  
Read for further information 



EU report on the Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe 

A new EU report on the 'Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe: Access, Retention and Employability' looks at what governments and higher education institutions are doing to widen access to higher education, increase the number of students that complete higher education, and give guidance to students on entering the labour market.  
More information 
Download report



MSc in Applied Peace and Conflict Studies

Based within the University of Ulster's International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) the MSc. in Applied Peace and Conflict Studies is now accepting Applications for September 2014.  It has a strong focus on post-violence peacebuilding.  The programme is located on the Magee campus. 
For more information on the programme 
To apply   

Border Lives Film Screenings

The Border Lives project has been filming and recording stories from people who lived in the Border area of Northern Ireland during the Troubles.  These personal stories have been captured within six documentaries that are being made available to the public throughout June.  For more information on the documentaries and screening dates contact Sarah  or call 028 8225 2112.


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 Claire Toner by Thursday 26th June for inclusion in the next issue.


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