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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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Transfrontier Euro-Institut Network (TEIN)


Cross-border obstacles have different roots, such as a lack of knowledge of the “other” (i.e. culture, language, judicial, social, economic or political systems) and a lack of appropriate methodologies for intercultural work. This creates a growing need for specialised training, counselling and support to be adapted to the specific characteristics of each border.

The Transfrontier Euro-Institut Network (TEIN), led by the Euro-Institut, a Franco-German organisation aiming at improving cross-border cooperation through training and consulting based in Kehl, has been formed in 2010 in order to answer this need. TEIN originates from bilateral contacts the Euro-Institut had with several actors at different European Union (EU) borders. In fact, these actors were conscious of the requirements for developing a non-profit offer to support to cross-border actors and wanted to benefit from the experience of the Euro-Institut in order to bring methods and tools to their respective regions. If these bilateral discussions and projects were fruitful, it became obvious that it would represent a clear benefit to gather all these actors in a network to enable multilateral exchanges. In this way, the work accomplished could then become more visible, including at the EU level.

In 2019, TEIN brought together 14 members from 9 border regions in Europe as well as two associated partners, the Mission opérationnelle transfrontalière (MOT) in Paris and the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR). Members are universities, research institutes, associations of municipalities and training Centres, working either as cross-border entities or...

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