The presentations of the conference are available by clicking on the speakers’ name. 


25th April 2019

10:00 Greetings

  • Karl-Heinz Lambertz President of the Committee of the Regions
  • Pál Völner State Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Hungary
  • Tamás Tóth President of CESCI

10:30 Plenary Session

  • Karen Maguire acting head of the Local Employment, Skills and Social Innovation Division (LEED Programme) / Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (OECD): Unleashing Innovation through Cross-border Collaboration
  • Andreas Faludi professor of Urban Planning (Delft University of Technology, NL): Where the EU and Hungary Seem to Agree: Cross-border Cooperation
  • Jean Peyrony director general (Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière, FR): New approach of financing cross-border developments
  • Martin Guíllermo Ramírez secretary general (Association of European Border Regions): Institutional cooperation across the borders: Obstacles and Opportunities
  • Alfonso Zardi former head of department (Democracy, Institution-Building and Governance Department of the Council of Europe): Cross-border cooperation, a tool of democratisation?


12.20 Discussion

12.40 Family photo at the main entrance of the Academy

13:00 Sandwich lunch


Thematic panels

14.00 Panel 1 – Border Studies

Moderator: Gyula Ocskay secretary general of CESCI

The panel is dedicated to the scientific background of cross-border cooperation (border studies, borderlands studies or cross-border studies) with a special emphasis on the newest achievements of border researches and their theoretical implications (new approaches, methods, findings, trends in border studies).


  • Jaroslaw Janczak (European University Viadrina, DE-PL): Studying Borders in Twenty First Century: (Re)Territorialization, (Re)Bordering, and the (Myth of) Borderless World
  • Sara Svensson (Halmstad University, SE): The increasing use of (social) network analysis in cross-border studies
  • Heikki Eskelinen (Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland, FI): Border as a resource for development


15.10 Panel 2 – Cross-Border Planning

Moderator: Mátyás Jaschitz, director of planning of CESCI

The panel is dedicated to the specialities of cross-border planning with special emphasis on the specific aspects of related planning theory, the practical perspectives of cross-border governance, cooperation, data management and analysis, planning methodologies, infrastructure development, and the understanding of cross-border spaces in general.


  • Eduardo Medeiros (Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, PT): ‘Bottom-up cross-border planning’
  • Frederick-Christoph Richters (Ministry of Energy and Spatial Planning, LU): Luxembourg in the Greater Region: Integrated Planning in a Cross-Border Polycentric Metropolitan Region
  • Jerzy Bański (Polish Academy of Sciences, PL): Cross-border planning issues – the case of Lublin region (Poland)
  • Matteo Berzi (Office for the Development of the Mediterranean Corridor, ES): The challenge of the Mediterranean Railway Corridor: restructuring the French-Spanish borderlands


16:40 Coffee break

17.00 Panel 3 – Cross-Border Governance

Moderator: Katalin Fekete head of unit of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The panel is dedicated to cross-border governance, its legislative, management, institutional, political background; the innovative solutions of multi-level cross-border governance; the relationship between good governance / local democracy and cross-border cooperation, etc.


  • Hideo Kojimoto (Nihon University, Tokyo, JPN): Multi-level Governance or Cross-scale Regional Governance?
  • Estelle Evrard (University of Luxemburg, LU): Rethinking cross-border areas under the lens of spatial justice
  • Slaven Klobučar (Committee of the Regions): EGTC – An innovative approach to cross border and transnational cooperation
  • Marcin Krzymuski (Hempel Krzymuski Partner, DE): Legal obstacles for institutionalizing of the cross-border cooperation between Polish and German communities


19.00 Gala Dinner with cultural program and ceremonial speech

  • The performance of the Corvinus Közgáz Folkdance Ensemble
  • The speech will be delivered by Levente Magyar, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Parliamentary State Secretary

Venue: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Vörösmarty and Kodály halls



26th April 2019

 9:30 Launch of the second day program

9.30 Panel 4 – Integrated Cross-Border Development

Moderator: Enikő Hüse-Nyerges, project manager of CESCI

The panel is dedicated to the introduction of certain European tools for the enhancement of integrated cross-border development (integrated plans, territorial action plans, EGTC and ITI) which aim to address the bad practice of CBC stakeholders and transform ad-hoc project-centric cooperation approach driven by EU calls into a more sustainable, strategically and territorially based one.


  • Alessandra Giovinazzo (INTERREG V-A ALCOTRA, IT): Integrated plans and complex projects at the service of the Franco- Italian alpine territory
  • Szilveszter Holop (INTERREG V-A Slovakia-Hungary, HU): Applying territorial approach in Interreg Slovakia-Hungary
  • Sandra Sodini (EGTC GO, IT): EGTC GO: a new cross-border cooperation approach


10.45 Panel 5 – Cross-Border Policy Making

Moderator: Rudolf Bauer director of CESCI Carpathia

The panel is dedicated to the large topic of policy making in the field of cross-border cooperation with a special focus on territorial impact assessment: how to eliminate or (at least) diminish the impacts of cross border legal and administrative obstacles?


  • Nathalie Verschelde (DG Regio): Cross-border policy and projects – the European toolbox
  • Alain De Muyser (Benelux Union, BE): The Benelux Union – Laboratory for European Integration
  • Claes Håkansson (Nordic Council of Ministers, SE): The Nordic Model of Freedom of Movement
  • Martin Unfried (Institute for Transnational and Euregional Cross-border Cooperation and Mobility of the University of Maastricht, NL): Cross-border Policy making and the role of legislative impact assessment


12.15 Coffee break

12.45 Panel 6 – Cross-Border Knowledge Sharing

Moderator: Ervin Erős director of CESCI Balkans

The panel is dedicated to cross-border knowledge sharing which is a very broad issue, e.g. how to inform the border citizens about their opportunities available on the other side of the border; how to facilitate cross-border mobility and cooperation through capacity building activities; how to bring different institutions closer across the border; i.e. how to enhance cross-border social integration.


  • Ramona Velea (Institute of International Sociology of Gorizia, IT): Capacity-building tools for CBC practitioners: Exchange of CBC know-how supported by the Council of Europe
  • Anne Thevenet (Euro-Institut Kehl, DE): Knowledge Sharing, Networking and Capacity Building: Key Elements for successful cooperation. The experience of the Euro-Institute in the Upper Rhine and within TEIN
  • Anthony Soares (Centre for Cross-Border Studies, UK): Cross-Border Knowledge Sharing: A New Common Chapter for Cooperation
  • Hynek Böhm (University of Liberec, CZ): CBC in the context of education and labour market at Czech-Polish borders


14.00 Closure of the conference

  • Tibor Navracsics commissioner of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, European Commission


14.30 Reception