January 2016
Issue No. 30
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CCBS NEWS

Invite to the Annual CCBS 2016 Conference
18-19th February 2016, Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk

 
'Bordering Between Unions: What Does the UK Referendum on Europe Mean for Us?'
 






Whatever the result of the forthcoming UK referendum on membership of the EU, it will have enduring implications for everyone living on the island of Ireland. But while attention has been focused on "In" or "Out", the negotiations that will precede the Referendum will in themselves have serious consequences in many ways that are as yet not entirely predicable. The UK Government has the support of the business sector and indeed, the governments of other Member States, including Ireland, for reform of the EU. However, while only some people living on this island will have a vote in the Referendum, it is important that everyone has a voice in the debate and how it will affect us.
 
Bookings for our 2016 conference in Dundalk (18-19th February 2016) are now open.
A preliminary edition of the conference programme and a copy of the booking form are both available from here.
 
PLEASE RETURN COMPLETED REGISTRATION FORM BY FRIDAY 5thFebruary 2016 to: crossborder@qub.ac.uk

If you require further information about the administration of the Conference including registration, access needs, room bookings and stalls, please contact Anthony Soares at: a.soares@qub.ac.uk or call 028 37 511 554 (replace 028 with 048 when dialling from Republic of Ireland).
 

CCBS Contribute to DG Regio Cross Border Review



 
Crossing borders to find employment, receive better healthcare, make use of public facilities or receive emergency support can still cause difficulties. Taxation or pension rights issues, non-recognition of rights or standards, impossibility to operate joint emergency services are still problems that exist today. Most of the remaining obstacles stem from diverging national legislations on either side of the border (national legislation is “border-blind”), incompatible administrative processes, or simply lack of common territorial planning. In order to help respond to these challenges, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) launched its Cross-Border Review. 
 

Given the Centre for Cross Border Studies’ status as an authoritative source of past, present and future Cross Border issues, it was able to provide an informed and independent contribution to this Cross-Border Review. For full access to the Centre for Cross Border Studies’ response to the DG Regio Cross-Border Review click hereCCBS' own Cross-Border information service Border People also used this opportunity to respond to this review, which focuses on barriers to cross border mobility and is based on the practical experience of the Border People service. For access to the Border People response to the DG Regio Cross-Border Review click here.

CCBS Informs 'Moving Towards an All-Island Economy' - A Report from the Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Committee



The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation recently published its ‘Report on the All-Island Economy’. This report, which is heavily influence by evidence provided by the Centre for Cross Border Studies, explores the unique nature of the economic structure of Ireland, the challenges and opportunities of island-wide trade and explores the impact of the Border upon Ireland, North and South.

In particular, CCBS was identified has having identified a number of barriers to education on an all-island basis. This evidence provided the backbone for the Committee's recommendations.  

Committee Chair, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, TD, said: “This report focuses on addressing the economic challenges that are seen on both sides of the border. It looks at how we can overcome these challenges and provides a practical list of recommendations around how best we can move towards an all-island economy. Maximising island-wide trade and job creation, both in the border region and beyond, must be a key priority for us all and I believe that this comprehensive report can go some way to growing our potential and realising real economic and social results.”

The report can be accessed here.

CCBS Informs Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development's Report on the Rural Needs Bill

At its meeting of Tuesday 26th January 2016 the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development considered, and agreed, its Final Report to the Assembly on the Rural Needs Bill. In the report, evidence submitted by the Centre for Cross Border Studies is quoted as having informed the Committees final report.

The Report has been published on the Committee's webpage of the NI Assembly and can be accessed from here. 

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CROSS-BORDER NEWS

First Cross-Border Documentary Festival "DocFest"

The first Cross-border Documentary Festival "DocFest" is inviting documentaries (from February 2016) on various cross-border topics to apply for the first edition in September, 2016 (Maastricht, the Netherlands). The documentaries have to be not older than two years and have to be carried out independently. 
More details are upcoming on www.docfest.eu.

Contact for further information: Irina Burlacu (irinaburlacu@gmail.com)
 

'SPACEial' Project Wins Prestigious Chambers Ireland Award




SPACEial North West picked up a prestigious Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Award at the Chambers Ireland Annual Excellence in Local Government Awards ceremony in Dublin in November 2015. This, the 12th annual awards ceremony, recognises and celebrates the best of Local Government. SPACEial NorthWest is a cross border project with Donegal County Council being the lead implementing council, working closely with the Derry City and Strabane District Council, Limavady Borough Council and Magherafelt District Council in responding to the need for cross border data to inform and shape policies and decisions within the entire region.

The project produced a dedicated website, www.spaceialnw.eu which is essentially a one stop shop for Maps, Stats and Apps in the North West Region Cross Border.
 

Children's Research Network for Ireland & Northern Ireland Conference



 

The 4th annual conference of the Children’s Research Network for Ireland and Northern Ireland will be held on the 10th December 2015. More information will follow shortly. For AGM. membership, event and administrative queries contact Marian O’Dea at administrator@childrensresearchnetwork.org or telephone +353 1 416 0524. 

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EU NEWS

Public Consultation on Evaluation of EU Directive 2015/413/EU Facilitating Cross-Border Exchange of Information on Road-Safety-Related Traffic Offences

Encouraging road users to improve their behaviour by complying with basic road safety rules is a crucial element in the road safety strategy. In order to ensure compliance with the law, enforcement and follow-up of offences are necessary. Controls should be systematic. Sanctions should be effective and applied to all offenders, not just to residents. Directive 2015/413/EU (Cross-border Enforcement Directive/CBE Directive) provides access to vehicle registration data in order to identify non-resident offenders.

Member States had to transpose the Directive by 6 May 2015 with a derogation allowing UK, Denmark and Ireland to postpone the transposition deadline until 6 May 2017. According to the CBE Directive, the Commission is obliged to submit by 7 November 2016 a report to the European Parliament and the Council on the application of the CBE Directive. The aim of the evaluation is to provide an assessment of the effectiveness of the Directive and of the relevance of its scope (Evaluation Road Map). 

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation by completing the online questionnaire at https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/CBE-Directive-Evaluation. The consultation closes on 19 February 2016.  Further informaton and reference documents are available at https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/CBE-Directive-Evaluation
 

European Youth Event (EYE)

The European Youth Event (EYE) will take place in the European Parliament seat in Strasbourg from 20-21 May 2016. It is a unique opportunity for thousands of young Europeans to make their voices heard. During the event, they will exchange ideas and perspectives on youth-related issues, develop innovative solutions to crucial questions for the future and meet with European decision-makers and speakers with a wide range of professional experience. At the same time the EYE will provide an opportunity to experience the rich cultural diversity within the European Union through the staging of various artistic performances and spectacles. As follow-up, a report with the ideas discussed during the event will be made available to all Members of the European Parliament. As well, former EYE participants will have the opportunity to present the most concrete ideas produced by young people to a number of parliamentary committees and receive feedbacks from Members.


The deadline to register is 31 January 2016 at 23.59 CET.
 

#EYEamHere Photo Competition


Are you an EU resident between 18 and 30 years old? Do you have a passion for photography? Would you like to come to the #EYE2016 and be one of our photo reporters?

Take part in the photo contest: #EYEamHere!

The photos should portrait the printed version of the EYE2016 logo in your special place (could be the main square of your town, or the place where you hang out with your friends etc)
EYE2016 Logo
Competition Rules
Application Form

What's the prize?
The three winners will be invited to the EYE2016 as photo reporters, covering the highlights of the event (opening and closing ceremony, top activities, artistic performances etc.)
Please note that the European Parliament will cover the costs of the three winners for travel and accommodation (two nights).

New European Professional Card Makes it easier to work in other EU countries

 
From this week, practising a profession in another EU country has become easier for general care nurses, pharmacist, physiotherapists, real estate agents and mountain guides, thanks to the European Professional Card (EPC).

The Card, which is actually an electronic certificate issued via the first EU-wide fully online procedure for the recognition of qualifications, makes it easier for these professions to get their qualification recognised in another EU country.

For more info click here.
 

Commission Proposes to Strengthen the Exchange of Criminal Records on non-EU Citizens

The European Commission this week proposed to facilitate the exchange of criminal records of non-EU citizens in the EU by upgrading the European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS).

ECRIS, established in 2012, lets national authorities receive information on previous criminal convictions in other Member States. This allows for a rapid and efficient exchange of information between Member States, helping to improve the prevention and fight against cross-border crime and terrorism.

For more info click here.
 

Public Consultation on the Review of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the review of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020. The purpose of this consultation is to gather views on the challenges faced by all persons with disabilities in the European Union and on the impact so far of the European Disability Strategy (2010-2020). The consultation is open until 18 March 2016.

For more info click here.
 

European Youth Photo Contest

 

The European Commission has launched a new photo competition under the theme "#WeAreAllImmigrants".

Entrants are invited to upload a portrait and a 100 word story about their experience, or the experience of someone they know, of moving to a new country.

The winner will receive a travel voucher!

The deadline to enter is 11 p.m. on Friday 18 March 2016.

For more info click here.
 
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OTHER NEWS

Liofa Gaeltacht Bursaries Now Open




Applications to the Líofa Gaeltacht Bursary Scheme 2016 are now open. The bursaries will give 100 people of various ages the opportunity to attend Irish language classes during the summer. The classes will take place at a range of locations across Donegal. Prospective applicants have until the 29th of February to print out, fill in and return the application form along with supporting documentation.

For more information see here.

Early Childhood Ireland's Research and Practice Seminar

The Early Childhood Ireland's 2nd Research and Practice Seminar takes place on the 15th April 2016.  The deadline for the submission of proposals is the 19th February 2016. For further details see here.   

PhD Studentship and Post Doctoral Research Position



Dublin City University, School of Nursing and Human Sciences has 2 positions available on its Health Research Board (HRB) Project 'Parent-adolescent communication and negotiation of self-management responsibilities for adolescents' with Type 1 Diabetes'. They are a full-time PhD studentship and a post doctoral research position. The closing date for the full-time PhD position is the 5th of February 2016.  The closing date for the Post Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 position is the 8th of February 2016.  For further details see the attached documents or go to here.

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EVENTS

 

18 - 19 February 2016 - CCBS Annual Conference 'Bordering Between Unions: What does the UK Referendum on Europe mean for us?' Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk
3 - 5 June 2016 - Irish Association and the Corrymeela Community - Three Day Residential Conference: "Living Well Together Beyond 2016" Corrymeela Centre,  Ballycastle,  Co. Antrim

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Upcoming Events

18 February 2016
Keep the diary free for the upcoming CCBS Annual Conference 2016. Click here for full details.
 

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