The cross-border cooperation (CBC) has been strongly intensified in Europe over the past 30 years leading to differently integrated cross-border territories. This process has been induced by introducing INTERREG in 1990. Thereafter more initiatives in different policy fields contributed to enhancing cross-border cooperation and integration.
Among them are the European Spatial Development Perspective (ESDP) of 1999, the adoption of the EGTC regulation in 2006 setting up a legal tool to facilitate cross-border cooperation between public actors and more recently EC Communications and the proposal for the European Cross-border Mechanism (ECBM).
Despite these efforts, the observed intensifying cross-border cooperation is neither geographically nor thematically balanced. Good examples are found along many but not all EU borders. Similarly, good practices may be transferred across policy areas to some extent. Thus, more and better cross-border cooperation still benefits from exchange and learning across regions and policy areas.
With this call, we invite scholars as well as practitioners to submit papers for a Workshop on Cross-Border Sector Policy Innovations Facilitating Cross-Border Cooperation held on 2 – 4 November 2023.
We invite you to share experiences from different policy sectors of cross-border cooperation, such as transport, health, education, security etc. to learn about:
- What practices (e.g. on agreements) could be used by other sector policies to enhance cross-border cooperation?
- What practices could be transferred to other regions and border areas?
- What are potential spill-over effects between different policy fields?
- In how far matter similarities in hierarchical and/or administrative structures and culture to facilitate sectoral CBC?
- And how does this apply to cross-border public service provision?
- In how far are legal institutional forms (such as the EGTC) supporting or hindering?
- What are examples for successful transfer of functioning CBC between sectors or regions?
- What are lessons to be learnt from failures (what not to do)?
To answer these questions we want to bring together scholars and practitioners from multiple disciplines such as, for example, public administration and management, legal sciences, regional studies, economic geography, innovation studies, evolutionary economics, urban studies, economics, public policy, etc.
We invite papers that address one or several of the above mentioned issues and have both theoretical and practical relevance.
Contributions will be considered by the Scientific Committee against the criteria of originality, subject balance and geographical spread. The extended abstract should have a maximum of 500 words and full papers a maximum of 7.500 words (about 15 pages), single spaced, excluding references, consisting of the following:
- The names of the author(s) and their affiliation,
- Relevance of the paper to the topic
- Significance of the research – why it is distinctive and its contribution to the field
- Policy implications and recommendations for practitioners
The workshop is planned as an on-site event at Andrássy University in Budapest. However, should the conditions in autumn be less favorable than expected (e.g. due Covid) we reserve the right to switch to an online format. In this event, all participants will be informed on time.
Scientific Committee of the Workshop
Martina Eckardt, Andrassy University Budapest, Hungary
Michael Frey, University of Applied Sciences Kehl, Germany
Annika Jaansoo, TU Twente, The Netherlands
Stefan Okruch, Andrassy University Budapest, Hungary
Sabine Zillmer, Spatial Foresight, Luxembourg/Germany/France
Submission of extended abstract: June 30, 2023 (500 words per paper)
Notification of acceptance by July 30, 2023
Registration until September 08, 2023
Submission of full paper until October 15, 2023 (max. 7.500 words, about 15 pages)
Please submit your paper through: CBC2023@andrassyuni.hu
Publication of submitted papers in an edited volume is possible. Further information will be given at the conference.
Conference attendance is free of charge. Participants of the workshop are expected to cover their travel and accommodation costs.
The conference language will be English.
Presentations should be about 20 min.
Detailed information on the preliminary program as well as on accommodation and travel will be provided on the conference website (https://www.andrassyuni.eu/veranstaltungen/sectoral-policy-innovations-facilitating-cross-border-cooperation.html)
Local Organizing Team
For more information please contact CBC2023@andrassyuni.hu
Andrássy University Budapest
Pollack Mihály tér 3, 1088 Budapest, Hungary