Centre for Cross Border Studies (CCBS) Director Ruth Taillon and Justin Gleeson, Director of the All-Island Research Observatory, Maynooth University delivered presentations at a seminar in Strasbourg on 16 and 17 September, on “Prospects for effective transfrontier co-operation in Europe”. The seminar was jointly organised by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the Euro-Institute and the European Public Administration Pole (EPAP).

In March 2012, the Congress Governance Committee and the Euro Institute co-organised a conference on “Multi-level Governance in Transfrontier Cooperation”. Subsequently, the Congress resolved to organise an action plan to i) establish a pool of expertise on transfrontier cooperation issues; ii) coordinate research in this area, including data collection and the development of indicators; and iii) to develop capacity building and training programmes.

The Strasbourg seminar gathered European experts and actors in transfrontier co-operation and aimed at establishing this action plan and a network of experts to promote these priorities. It focused on three fundamental aspects in this area: the legal instruments, data collection and training. Presenting at the workshop on Evidence based Trans-frontier Cooperation, Ruth Taillon presented the Impact Assessment Toolkit for Cross-Border Cooperation, developed by CCBS in partnership with the Euro Institute with INTERREG IVA funding as part of our INICCO-1 project. Justin Gleeson presented the Atlas of the Island of Ireland, a project being developed as part of our INICCO-2 project.

More information on the seminar, including all speakers’ presentations, is available here