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Critical Dictionary on Borders, Cross-Border Cooperation and European Integration


Edited By Birte Wassenberg and Bernard Reitel

This Critical Dictionary on Borders, Cross-Border Cooperation and European Integration is the first encyclopaedia which combines two so far not well interconnected interdisciplinary research fields, i.e. Border Studies and European Studies. Organised in an alphabetical order, it contains 207 articles written by 115 authors from different countries and scientific disciplines which are accompanied by 58 maps. The articles deal with theory, terminology, concepts, actors, themes and spaces of neighbourhood relations at European borders and in borderlands of and around the European Union (EU). Taking into account a multi-scale perspective from the local to the global, the Critical Dictionary follows a combined historical-geographical approach and is co-directed by Birte Wassenberg and Bernard Reitel, with a large contribution of Jean Peyrony and Jean Rubio from the Mission opérationnelle transfrontalère (MOT), especially for the cartography. The Dictionary is also part of four Jean Monnet activities supported by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union for the period 2016-2022: two Jean Monnet projects on EU border regions (University Strasbourg), one Jean Monnet network (Frontem) and the Franco-German Jean Monnet excellence Center in Strasbourg, as well as the Jean Monnet Chair of Bernard Reitel on borders and European integration. Rather than being designed as an objective compilation of facts and figures, it should serve as a critical tool for discussion between researchers, students and practitioners working in the field of borders, cross-border cooperation and European Integration.

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High Rhine Commission



The High Rhine Region comprises the area of the Rhine valley from Lake Constance to Basel and consists mainly of small and medium sized municipalities. Until almost 200 years ago, the western part of the High Rhine Region formed a single cultural, linguistic and political entity under Habsburg rule. Since the Rhine has become a state border, the German and Swiss sides have undergone independent developments; nonetheless, there have always been diverse cross-border interdependences.

As cross-border facility, the High Rhine Commission (HRC) promotes de German-Swiss cooperation on the High Rhine since 1997. The partners include the cantons of Aargau and Schaffhausen, the state of Baden-Württemberg, districts of Lörrach and Waldshut, the regional association High Rhine-Lake Constance, as well as the planning associations Fricktal Regio and Zurzibiet Regio. The canton of Zurich is represented as an observer in the High Rhine Commission. The roots of the HRC cross-border cooperation lay in the so called Rheinanliegerkonferenz, a regional conference hosted in 1991 and functioning as a platform for regional topics and projects.

The HRC organizes contact and exchanges between politicians and professionals from various disciplines and promotes encounters between the citizens via a Small Project Fund. The objective is to strengthen and to further develop the region through German-Swiss cooperation.

The topics treated by the HRC are encounters, education and knowledge transfer, tourism and mobility. Especially for small meetings between citizens, the Small Project Fund of the HRC is an important support...

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