CCBS responds to consultation on National Action Plan

The Centre for Cross Border Studies has submitted its response to the consultation on Ireland’s second National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security. In its response, CCBS has recommended the further development through the NAP of the implementation of the principles of UNSCR 1325 on a cross-border and all-island basis, as well as through an East-West approach. It also emphasises the need to improve monitoring and evaluation of the NAP.

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CCBS Shortlisted for Think Tank Award

The centre for Cross Border Studies was one of four organisations shortlisted by Prospect Magazine in the 2014 edition of its Think Tank Awards. Included in the “One to Watch” category, alongside the Higher Education Policy Institute, Legatum Institute, and Transform Drug Policy, the panel of expert judges considered CCBS and the other shortlisted organisations to have shown “exceptional progress and focus”. The judges also noted that CCBS’s “direct comment on north-south cooperation was striking”. On the night (16 July), the award was given to the Higher Education Policy Institute — many congratulations to them!

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CCBS at the John Hewitt Summer School: Ross Martin, SCDI

The Centre for Cross Border Studies is a proud supporter of the John Hewitt Society, which has developed a range of literary and cultural activities aimed at breaking down parochialism, narrow and exclusive concepts of identity, and hostility towards the ‘other’. Each year, CCBS sponsors an annual talk as part of the Society’s Summer School; this year’s speaker is Ross Martin, a leading public policy professional in Scotland. Ross is currently Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry; he previously held the post of Director of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy. In light of the upcoming Scottish independence referendum, Ross will be addressing the key issues facing the Scottish economy and the potential points of policy discontinuity which the referendum represents.

Date: Thursday 31 July, 9.45am
Venue: Marketplace Theatre, Armagh
Entry: £7

To book tickets for this event, and to find out more about the John Hewitt Summer School, please click here.

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CCBS Director Speaks on Scotland at Institute for Government

Centre for Cross Border Studies Director Ruth Taillon participated in a panel discussion on Scotland in a changing union: ensuring effective cooperation after the referendum at the Institute for Government in London on 16 July. The other speakers were Scottish MP Pete Wishart (SNP) and Plaid Cymru Councillor Liz Saville Roberts. The event was part of the Institute’s Governing After the Referendum project, sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of its Future of the UK and Scotland programme coordinated by the University of Edinburgh.

A report and a video of the event can be viewed here

CCBS responds to PEACE/INTERREG 2014-2020 Consultation

The Centre for Cross Border Studies has submitted its response to the current SEUPB consultation on the new PEACE and INTERREG programmes for 2014-2020. In its response, CCBS has highlighted the need for more explicit reference to be made to cross-border activities, and recommended that 15% of the PEACE budget be ring-fenced for cross-border projects. It has also recommended that within the Civil Society strand of PEACE, a proportion of the allocated budget be reserved for distribution outside local authority Peace Action Plans, and that Competitiveness of SMEs become an objective within the INTERREG programme.

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CCBS gives evidence to the Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement

On the 26th June, The Centre for Cross Border Studies gave evidence during a formal session of the Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. Speaking on the current state of cross-border cooperation on the island of Ireland, Ruth Taillon, the Centre’s Director, stated: “We are very concerned that the political stability and the progress made towards increased cross-border mobility and cooperative relationships across social, economic and cultural life will be eroded without continued support, both financial and in public policy”.

Among its recommendations to the Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, the Centre for Cross Border Studies stated that “it is essential that cross-border cooperation be mainstreamed within public policy – and budget lines – on both sides of the border”.

Read the Press Release (MS Word): PRESS RELEASE

Read the full submission (PDF): CCBS CIGFA Submission 26-06-14

CCBS responds to consultation on Draft National Risk Assessment 2014

The Centre for Cross Border Studies has provided a written response to the Irish Government’s consultation on the Draft National Risk Assessment 2014.

Within this response, CCBS stressed the need to place risk assessment and mitigation efforts on a firm all-island footing, including the design and implementation of relevant policies and strategies, as well as the need for a stronger cross-border perspective in the collection and management of relevant data.

Read the full response (PDF): Response

CCBS response to Measuring Wellbeing in Northern Ireland

The Centre for Cross Border Studies has submitted its response to the report, Measuring Wellbeing in Northern Ireland: A new conversation for new times, produced by the Carnegie Roundtable on Measuring Wellbeing in Northern Ireland.

Read the response (PDF): The Centre for Cross Border Studies Response to Wellbeing

Cross-Border Management Toolkit: UK Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation

At a meeting of the UK Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation, The Centre for Cross Border Studies (CCBS) presented the development and importance of the Cross-Border Management Toolkit, whose development and transfer has been funded by the EU’s LEONARDO DA VINCI Programme (this publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein).

The CCBS Research and Policy Manager, Anthony Soares, spoke of the intercultural content of the Toolkit, as well as the learning opportunities presented by collaborating through the PAT-TEIN network in the creation and adaptation of a toolkit aimed at actors in the field of cross-border cooperation. In a break-out discussion of the future plans of the UK Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation, interest was also expressed by members in the CCBS’s experience in the development and delivery of the Impact Assessment Toolkit, as well as the current development of an Evaluation Toolkit for cross-border projects.

Conference: Reflecting on a decade of War and Revolution in Ireland 1912-1923: the road to war

Universities Ireland, the network of university presidents and vice-chancellors on the island of Ireland, is sponsoring the third in a series of conferences to commemorate the centenary of key events in the history of modern Ireland ranging from the Ulster Covenant, through the First World War and the 1916 Rising, to the foundation of the Irish and Northern Irish States in Belfast City Hall on Saturday 14th June under the title Reflecting on a decade of War and Revolution in Ireland 1912-1923: the road to war.

The keynote speakers will include Professor Thomas Otte, Professor of Diplomatic History, University of East Anglia who will deliver an address entitled July 1914: Reflections on an Inadvertent war and Professor Keith Jeffery, Professor of British History, Queen’s University Belfast who will deliver an address entitled Reflections on Ireland and the First World War.

Download a draft programme

Please register for this free event at http://theroadtowar.eventbrite.co.uk

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