Borders and Cross-Border Cooperation

The research area focuses its activity on (bottom-up) international relations in border areas.


  • evaluation of cross-border cooperation,
  • design of institutions and cross-border services
  • training of local authorities to cross-border cooperation,
  • study and sustainable development of border towns and sister cities,
  • study and impact assessment of the European Union (EU) enlargement process, European Territorial Cooperation  (ETC),  Adriatic Cross-border Cooperation Programme (IPA), European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI)
  • European Group Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) and legal framework-specific financial
  • study and design in the context of European regional policy.


  • Identify key structural and relational dynamics that determine the effectiveness and efficiency of cross-border cooperation, institutional design, the evaluation of systems and subsystems, the development of future scenarios, processing and use of specific methods (SWOT CBC, Euroregional Analysis, Delphi …)

Research fields:

    • Enlargement / European Union (EU) Integration
    • Negotiation techniques
    • Peacekeeping / peace building
    • Cross-border cooperation (CBC)
    • European Territorial Cooperation (ETC)  
    • European Group of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) and tools of Cross-border cooperation (CBC) of the Regions Committee (CoR)
    • (CBC) and tools of Council of Europe (CoE)