Cross-border seminar - UK Right to Reside and Irish Habitual Residency Conditions

Lee Hatton Law Centre NI and Jean Plummer Department of Social Protection are confirmed speakers at the next Border People seminar which will take place on Thursday 20th November, 9.30am-1.30pm, in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk.

The event will focus on the UK Right to Reside and Irish Habitual Residency Conditions. Both have implications for entitlement to social welfare and as always there are exceptions for cross-border cases.

This seminar is suitable for those working in information providing organisations in both jurisdictions. It is an excellent opportunity for cross-border networking and knowledge sharing. There is no charge to attend and places will be issued on a first-come basis. Online registration is now open.

For further information please visit www.borderpeople.info or contact Annmarie O’Kane a.okane@qub.ac.uk

This seminar is part of the Border People project managed by the Centre for Cross Border Studies in collaboration with the North South Ministerial Council, the Citizens Information Board and Citizens Advice Northern Ireland. The project is part-financed by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

Joint ICLRD & CCBS Conference 29-30 January 2015

Shared Services, Shared Opportunities: New Models of Public Sector Collaboration and Partnership

The annual ICLRD & CCBS conference will take place in the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, 29-30 January 2015. The conference will focus on the issue of shared services and will explore the opportunities for local authorities and public sector organisations to collaborate to ensure more effective service delivery for citizens, particularly in the Border region. A conference programme will be available in the near future.

CCBS 15th Anniversary and Launch of the Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland 2014

The Board and Staff of the Centre for Cross Border Studies

would like to invite you to join us at a celebration of

 

The Centre’s 15th Anniversary
and the
Launch of the Journal of Cross Border Studies in Ireland 2014

at
 
European Commission Office in Northern Ireland
74 – 76 Dublin Road
Belfast BT2 7HP

Thursday 13 November 2014
5.30pm – 7.30pm


Head of Belfast Office of the EU Commission, Ms Colette Fitzgerald will speak and launch the Journal at 6.15pm.

Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge for this event. Car parking is available nearby (see here).

If you are able to attend please click here to register online or contact Claire Toner.

CCBS focuses on the Border Economy at Meeting of Enterprise Committees from North and South

CCBS was invited to speak on the border economy at a meeting of the Oireacthas Joint Committee for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, and the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, which took place in the Senate Chamber at Parliament Buildings on 3rd November. CCBS Director, Ruth Taillon and Research & Policy Manager, Anthony Soares, were joined by independent economist, Philip McDonagh and Padraic White, Chair of the Border Development Corridor Steering Group. The CCBS team emphasised the urgent need for specific focus to be given by both governments to the border region in order to avoid the risk of regional disparities increasing as the economies on both sides of the border appear to show signs of recovery. Underlying structural deficiencies were highlighted, including insufficient access to broadband and lack of transport connectivity. The Senators, TDs and MLAs present actively explored with the CCBS team the issues it raised and noted the concerns it brought to their attention, as well as the initiatives CCBS are involved in to address them, such as the Solidarity Charter for the Economic Revitalisation of the Irish Border Corridor.

Click here to view a copy of the CCBS’s written submission.

Read more on the NI Assembly website here

CCBS at NWRCBG/ICBAN/EBR Joint Conference

CCBS at NWRCBG/ICBAN/EBR Joint Conference

CCBS Research & Policy Manager, Anthony Soares, spoke at the joint conference organised by the North West Region Cross Border Group, the Irish Central Border Area Network, and the East Border Region, which took place in Buncrana on 2nd of October. The conference, entitled “Cross-Border Connections”, focused on strategies to bring local authorities to the forefront of cross-border collaboration and partnership. Whilst Anthony spoke on the importance to cross-border cooperation of a regional dimension and the principles of subsidiarity and partnership, Professor Greg Lloyd spoke of some of the challenges to local authority collaboration, and Padraic White, Chair of the Border Development Corridor Steering Group, presented the draft Solidarity Charter for the Economic Revitalisation of the Irish Border Corridor. Mr Joe McHugh, Ireland’s Minister of State for the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs and for the Department of Communication, Energy and Natural Resources, as well as Northern Ireland’s Minister for the Environment, Mark H. Durkan, were after-dinner speakers at the conference.

Click here to view Anthony’s presentation.

CCBS in Brussels

Left to Right: Anne Thevenet, Hynek Böhm, Ruth Taillon and Marek Olszewski

Ruth Taillon, Annmarie O’Kane and Anthony Soares were representing CCBS in Brussels on the 7th and 8th of October in a series of events and meetings, coinciding with the EU Open Days Week.

Annmarie led a meeting with colleagues in the European Citizens Action Service. The CCBS team met with Assya Kavrakova the Director of the European Citizens Action Service (ECAS) and her colleague Vera Soldanova, EU Rights Manager to discuss current collaboration between the Border People project and the My Mobility Mentor project and to look at future cooperation between CCBS and ECAS for the future provision of cross-border information provision.

The CCBS team then attended a networking event – Partnership Opportunities with Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland – held in the Northern Ireland Executive Office, and organised by the North West Region Cross-Border Group. On the 8th, Ruth Taillon made a presentation on the work of CCBS as part of an Open Days Workshop centred on the need for capacity-building to support efficient cross-border cooperation, organised by the TEIN network.

Finally, CCBS returned to the Northern Ireland Executive Office to make a presentation of its work, focusing on capacity-building, the Border People project, and its research activities. Among the audience were officials from the Executive Office (who were extremely supportive hosts), representatives from regional authorities, MEP staffers, and Maria-Jose Doval Tedin from the Commission’s European Cross-Border Cooperation Unit. These were two very busy but successful days for CCBS!

NIRSA/ESPON Conference: "Creating the Regions of Tomorrow: Maximising Ireland’s Reform Opportunity"

A joint NIRSA/ESPON conference on reform of regional development policy took place on Friday, 26th September 2014, with delegates from CCBS in attendance.

From the event website:

“The economic crisis and fiscal austerity have hit regional Ireland, outside of the major urban centres, particularly hard. Unemployment and out-migration have all increased, re-exposing the historic disparities which were temporarily masked by the construction bubble. The geography of the nascent economic recovery is further revealing an increasingly ‘two-speed’ Ireland with new employment and investment ever more concentrated in the larger cities competing at a global scale.

While much of the focus has been on prioritising national economic recovery, comparatively little attention has been paid to the uneven spatial and regional dimensions of the crisis. EU Cohesion Funding for 2014-2020, which is worth €1.2 billion to Ireland, together with the government’s ambitious proposals for local government and planning reform represent an important opportunity for Ireland to implement meaningful policies and to frame new governance institutions to counteract unbalanced development and promote regional recovery.

This one-day conference aims to take stock of these developments and will have a specific focus on the spatial aspects of policy implementation, particularly the proposed review of the National Spatial Strategy and the new Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies which are to be developed as integrated cross-sectoral policy vehicles for economic development, investment and job creation.

The programme of speakers comprises national and international speakers and will bring together policy actors who will have a key role in shaping Irish regional policy in the years ahead.”

Presentations given at this event can be found here

CCBS Chairperson on the Scottish Referendum: “Is Ireland a model for Scotland?”

UK institutions and services will have to adapt and change and some new Scottish bodies may be created following the Scottish referendum on 18 September. Prior to the referendum CCBS Chairperson, Helen Johnston, was interviewed by Mark Easton of BBC News for an item questioning “Is Ireland a model for Scotland?”, exploring the question of the constitutional changes faced by Scotland as more power is devolved from Westminster to Holyrood.

Screened on 15 September, the news item can be viewed here

CCBS and AIRO in Strasbourg

CCBS Director Ruth Taillon and Justin Gleeson, Director of the All-Island Research Observatory, NUIM 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

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.

Read the full response

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