Considering the case for Border Proofing policies and legislation
The Centre recently published a new report entitled The impact of COVID legislation and policy on cross-border integration: The Case of Cross-Border (Frontier) Workers
The report is part of the Centre’s “Time to measure cross-border impacts: Building sustainable North-South relationships and connections” project which aims to promote a more informed discussion on the need for ‘border proofing’ of legislation/policy.
European Commission hears north-south cooperation proposals from Ad Hoc Group
This month the Ad Hoc Group for North-South and East-West Cooperation met with European Commission officials working in the Service for the EU-UK Agreements (UKS) to raise concerns regarding the monitoring of north-south cooperation under the Protocol and the inclusion of ROI civic society groups in a proposed forum for engagement.
Common Charter for Cooperation within & between these Islands
The Centre for Cross Border Studies is encouraging new civic society groups to support the New Common Charter for Cooperation within and between these islands; a set of agreed principles for all organisations participating in north-south and east-west cooperation.
Each supporter organisation will receive a copy of the Charter and have its logo added to the website. We will then promote and champion supporter projects and collaborations which align with the Charter's principles of cross-border cooperation. To learn more or become a supporter, please contact email@example.com
4th Quarterly Survey on the conditions for North-South, East West Cooperation
Following the fantastic response to the Centre for Cross Border Studies’ Quarterly Survey on the Conditions for North-South and East-West Cooperation, the Centre hosted a webinar to present and discuss the results.
The responses, received from civic society organisations and local authorities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, have helped us assess how the necessary conditions are being maintained, and how/if relations between organisations are being safeguarded since the implementation of the Protocol. The feedback, which has been added to the results of previous surveys in the series, help us gain a picture of the concerns and challenges being experienced by organisations on the ground.
Cooperation between Ireland and the UK under EU Cross Border Healthcare Directive ceased on 31st December 2020.
Citizens residing on one side of the border can no longer use the EU scheme to avail of healthcare across the border. Fortunately there are replacement schemes in place.
OTHER CROSS BORDER NEWS
Cross border conference - 9th March -
Registration has opened for Newry and Dundalk Chambers’ Annual Cross Border Conference Post-Brexit Conference: Sustaining and Building Cross-border Cooperation & Trade. Read more
Sixth Joint Report on the Implementation of Residence Rights under Part Two of the Withdrawal Agreement, Specialised Committee on Citizens’ Rights, published 24th January 2022.
WHAT WE'RE WATCHING
On 20 January, the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland Sub-Committee heard evidence from a panel of legal and political experts on the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in relation to the Protocol.