#14 BIG Podcast – “Les frontières et la cohésion territoriale européenne”

featuring Jean Peyrony – Directeur général de la Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière

Les régions frontalières et transfrontalières sont au cœur de la construction européenne. La cohésion territoriale est l’un des objectifs de l’Union européenne : cette politique vise à réduire les écarts de niveaux de vie et de développement dans les régions de l’UE. La Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière est une agence française qui aide à la compréhension des enjeux des espaces transfrontaliers. Quelles sont les relations entre l’objectif de cohésion territoriale européenne et les frontières ? Quels sont les enjeux en termes de gouvernance transfrontalière ? Qu’est-ce qu’un bassin de vie transfrontalier ? De nombreuses questions sont posées et l’heure est à la réinvention de concepts et de méthodes pour des politiques publiques plus résilientes dans le contexte frontalier et transfrontalier. Une meilleure intégration transfrontalière est donc à l’ordre du jour. Eléments de réponse et de réflexion avec Jean Peyrony, directeur général de la MOT.

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#14 BIG Podcast - “Les frontières et la cohésion territoriale européenne”

Borders in Flux and Border Temporalities In and Beyond Europe

Belval, Luxembourg | December 15-16, 2022

Border studies is an interdisciplinary field of research in which existing scholarship has primarily been spatially oriented. The conference Borders In Flux and Border Temporalities In and Beyond Europe sheds light on research that focuses on the temporality of borders. The conference connects leading researchers as well as established and early-stage researchers to present, share and discuss their research on borders, borderlands, and border regions in and beyond 19th and 20th century Europe.

The conference invites scholars whose research sheds light on the temporal dimension of borders by exploring border practices, border discourses, and analyses of border regimes and life at the border in Europe. The conference will include papers that focus on topics that are related to identity, historical memory, minorities, cross-border experiences, cross-border cooperation, and regionalism. The conference will also highlight methodological and conceptual considerations of researching borders in and through time and space.

The conference is organised by the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) and the Transfrontier Euro-Institut Network (TEIN) in collaboration with BIG, the UniGr Center for Border Studies and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

BIG Project Director Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly will be presenting as a keynote speaker.

Find more information on the event here. Registration will open early November.

Borders in Flux and Border Temporalities In and Beyond Europe

#13 BIG Podcast – “Frontières internes et frontières externes de l’Union européenne”

featuring Frédérique Berrod – Professeure à Sciences Po Strasbourg, France

L’Union européenne poursuit le projet de créer une intégration juridique entre différents Etats sur le plan institutionnel et le plan matériel. Mais quels sont ses effets sur les frontières entre les Etats qui la composent ? En outre, le droit de l’UE développe une régulation juridique propre. Que sont les frontières internes de l’UE? Et que sont les frontières externes de l’UE ? Dans ce paysage complexe, avec le marché intérieur, l’espace de liberté, de sécurité et de justice, l’espace Schengen, la coopération transfrontalière, les relations commerciales de l’UE, on note la présence de facteurs qui tendent à une dévaluation juridique des frontières, et d’autres qui conduisent à une réévaluation juridique des frontières. Nous tenterons d’y voir plus clair avec Frédérique Berrod.

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VI Association of European Border Regions Cross-Border School

Szeged, Hungary | September 28th, 2022

The VI edition of AEBR Cross-Border School was held in Szeged, Hungary on Wednesday, 28 September 2022, in cooperation with the Euroregion DKMT, and in close collaboration with the Radboud University of Nijmegen and the Province of Gelderland (NL). From 2022 on, the CBS is also part of the 21st Century Borders project, led by the University of Victoria, Canada.

This year’s general emphasis was on youth and CBC with a number of panels on the following topics:

1. Growing a new generation of cross-border cooperation enthusiasts
2. Education across borders
3. Youth mobility and opportunities
4. Strategies to retain young people/talent; “empty” regions
5. University cooperation for cross-border cooperation education

Each session consisted of a keynote from an academic or a practitioner/expert and a response by a practitioner/expert or an academic. A dialogue with the audience followed in each case.

BIG Director Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly and BIG Scholar Martin Van der Velde were present and presenting in-person.

More information here!

VI Association of European Border Regions Cross-Border School

Policy Partner – Headquartered in Germany

Association of European Border Regions

Primary Contact: Martin Guillermo-Ramírez

The Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) is one of the oldest regional associations in Europe (founded in 1971), with a hundred members (border and cross-border regions) in thirty European countries. AEBR works in the interest of border regions toward the European Union and national authorities, developing capacities, increasing awareness, organising events and implementing projects.

AEBR currently implements IVY (Interreg Volunteer Youth) on behalf of the European Commission’s DG REGIO, which has supported the deployment of more than 750 young Europeans in Interreg programmes and projects during the last five years. It also manages b-solutions to tackle cross-border legal and administrative obstacles and test possible solutions. Furthermore, it takes part in other projects in Europe and other continents. It has recently finished a study for DG SANTE on cross-border patients’ flows in various EU cross-border areas.

In the last years, AEBR’s strong interest in closer a partnership with universities and research institutions has led to the organisation of Cross-Border Schools (a year event with cross-border researchers and practitioners since 2017), its participation in the Transfrontier Euro-Institut Network (TEIN), various Jean Monet Network initiatives and other research projects. It also promotes joint action at the European level with the Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière (MOT) and the Central European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI).

Our role in the 21st Century Borders project

Our primary reason is to further develop our existing collaboration into a structured research agenda on specific changes brought by EU and national regulations to EU internal and external borders. We follow in particular the regulatory impact on the territories of our current and potential members, border and cross-border regions within and outside the EU, above and beyond currently existing instruments for cross border cooperation such as Interreg and the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation. We are very interested in fostering research in transregional mobility, youth, opportunities for SMEs, cross-border circular economy and provision of public services across national boundaries addressing cross-border peoples. We are interested in general research topics and specific aspects such as the mutual recognition of qualifications, the coordination of existing services, pre-existing regulations, etc.

As one of the international partners of research on “21st Century Borders”, a representative of AEBR attends and votes on the International Advisory Board of 21st Century Borders. We are responsible for co-organising five seminars (one per year) —the Cross-Border School— in 2021-2025 in close coordination with AEBR General Assembly and Annual Conference and in partnership with the Radboud University Professor Martin van der Velde (European Coordinator for the Cross-Border School). In collaboration with the University of Victoria and the 21st Century Borders Partnership, we will also prepare five research papers related to the workshops mentioned above.

Association of European Border Regions

Seminar 5: European Border Regions

Fraser 150, UVic | November 13, 2018

This seminar will be held on November 13th, 2018, in room 150 of the Fraser building (this is a room change) at the University of Victoria. Please email [email protected] to register and/or to get access to join remotely.

Cross-Border regions are a composition of Border Regions. The first official Cross-Border Region, the EUREGIO, was established in 1958 on the Dutch-German border. Since then, such “Euroregions” and other forms of cross-border co-operation have developed throughout Europe. This seminar analyses the emergence of these local cross-border institutions, it offers a brief background on the history of cross-border regions in Europe and analyses the empirical dimensions of European border regions.


– Klatt, Martin, Wassenberg, Birte (ed.), Secondary Foreign Policy in Local International Relations. Peace-building and reconciliation in border regions, Routeledge, London , 2018.

-Wassenberg, Birte, Beck, Joachim (ed.), Living and researching cross-border cooperation in Europe (Volume 3): the European dimension, Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart, 2011.

-Wassenberg, Birte, Reitel, Bernard, Territorial Cooperation in Europe: A Historical Perspective, Office of Publications of the EU, Luxemburg, 2015.

Wassenberg, Birte (ed.), Castle-talks on Cross-Border Cooperation. Fear of Integration? The Pertinence of the Border, Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart, 2017.

Researcher: Birte Wassenberg is a professor of university in contemporary history at the IEP Strasbourg, member of the Raymond-Poidevin Center, UMR “European Dynamics”, and head of the Master 2 “International Relations”. From 1993 to 2006, she was territorial attaché to the Alsace region. Since 2013, she holds a Jean Monnet Chair on the contribution of cross-border cooperation to the European Neighborhood Policy.

Seminar 5: European Border Regions

Video by Chorong Kim

Euroregion as an Important Mechanism of Cross-border Cooperation Between Ukraine and the European Union

Tatiana Shaban | BIG Research Reports | #39

This paper is an examination of the current European Integration course of the Ukraine within the framework of the Carpathian Euroregion (CE) from the viewpoint of cross-border governance. The main assumption behind that examination is the fact that European integration (with or without European Union (EU) membership) is good for Ukraine . On February 14, 1993 the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, Poland and Ukraine ratified a declaration in the city of Drebecen (Hungary), which claimed that the “establishment of the “CE” would greatly contribute to strengthening of friendship and prospering of the countries of the present regions as well as guarantee active applications of the principles of the Helsinki Act (1975), the Charter of Paris for a new Europe (1990) and other instruments. The problem is that according to Mytryaeva, the “Carpathian Euroregion” model developed in theory with the assistance of the experts from the East-West Institute who voiced their concern over numerous local initiatives of transboundary cooperation was neither understood nor supported by the national governments (Mytryaeva 2007, p.126).

Tatiana Shaban

Euroregion as an Important Mechanism of Cross-border Cooperation Between Ukraine and the European Union

Good Governance: Assessment of Institutional Opportunities Between the European Union and Western Ukraine

Tatiana Shaban | BIG Research Reports | #40

Ukraine moved towards a closer relationship with the European Union (EU) which encouraged Ukraine’s participation in a number of cross border co-operation (CBC) programs. Besides, the country set up a regional development policy which intended to overcome the disparities between the northern and eastern territories against the Russian border and the western territories against the EU border. The aim of the paper is to characterise cooperation programs (CBC) of border regions in Western Ukraine and to find out institutional capacities and gaps to intensify cross-border cooperation with the EU in those regions.

Tatiana Shaban

Good Governance: Assessment of Institutional Opportunities Between the European Union and Western Ukraine