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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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
To book tickets for this event, and to find out more about the John Hewitt Summer School, please click here.
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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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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”.
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Read the full submission (PDF): CCBS CIGFA Submission 26-06-14
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.
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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
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.
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.
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Please register for this free event at http://theroadtowar.eventbrite.co.uk
The Centre for Cross Border Studies is hosting a high-level delegation from the Republic of Tajikistan to the region. The visit, facilitated by the German state development agency GIZ, has the aim of introducing cross-border policymakers and project managers from Tajikistan to the Irish model of transfrontier cooperation.
In the words of Ruth Taillon, Director of The Centre for Cross Border Studies, “The Centre for Cross Border Studies is very glad to have the opportunity to introduce our guests to the productive cross-border work being done on this island, and wishes them the continuation of a fruitful and enjoyable stay.”
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The Centre for Cross Border Studies was represented by its Director, Ruth Taillon, and its Research and Policy Manager, Anthony Soares, at the fifth meeting of the PAT-TEIN partnership, which took place at the University of Ljubljana on the 15th and 16th of April. Nine partners from six different European border regions are involved in the development and transfer of a Cross-Border Project Management Toolkit, and at the meeting in the Slovenian capital CCBS updated partners on progress in producing its border-specific version of the Toolkit. The Toolkit will be launched at the EU parliament in Strasbourg in mid-September.