European Institutes: what are they exactly?
There are numerous institutes throughout Europe which deal with the issues of cross-border relations and border regions with scientific precision and they also organise trainings and operate information service in these themes. The model is the Euro-Institut, founded in 1993 by the cities of Strasbourg and Kehl (FRA-GER) which also involves the states of France and Baden-Württemberg in its operation. The institute provides a wide range of information on the other side of the border (including themes such as employment, education, entrepreneurship, and even marrying German and French citizens can apply for being prepared for administrative tasks). The main field of activity of the institute is the organization of training programs which target the facilitation of cross-border connectivity (e. g. by providing language courses and labour market information as well as the preparation of clerks). Beyond this the institute participates in numerous development activities of the border region. The website of the Euro-Institut: http://www.euroinstitut.org/
Numerous institutes have been founded during the last couple of years based on the example of this above presented institution with the objectives of:
The website of the Transfrontier Euro-Institut Network (TEIN): http://www.transfrontier.eu/
Profile of the European Institute of Esztergom
The European Institute of Esztergom performs researches and analyses, organises trainings and conferences and also contributes to the policy-making in the theme of border studies, an interdisciplinary approach having only a minor position in the disciplinary structure of the Hungarian scientific life at the moment. Beside this it is also an important task to provide up-to-date information on cross-border labour force migration, higher education, entrepreneurship and on other issues of everyday life which may reinforce the connectedness of the inhabitants from both sides of the border and therefore result in the convergence of underdeveloped borderland areas and the weakening separating role of borders.
The main territorial focus of the Institute’s research activities is the so called In-Between Europe. The investigation of cross-border cooperation activities within the Danube Region, nowadays an important focus area of EU policies, constitutes a distinguished direction in research.
The Institute organises workshop discussions bimonthly in course of which, following a thought-provoking intervention, we debate on an optional theme related to borders, sometimes even with the involvement of the wider public. The yearbook of the Institute titled Cross-Border Review, which is hoped to be further developed into a periodical in the mid-term future, is firmly based on these debates.
The creation of a special library, according to the purposes of our research activity, as well as the shaping of a virtual database with online access have already been launched. The shaping of a GIS database is also in progress which is planned to cover the entire area of Central Europe and the Danube River Basin, the territorial focus of the Insitute’s research activities.
// 2015.01.07.Crossing the borders: best practices of cross-border cooperation within the Danube Region
Closing Conference of the project, Budapest, February 26, 2015
// 2014.09.05.Professional internship for university students