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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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Central European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI)



The Central European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI) is a Budapest-based think-and-do-tank for cross-border cooperation. The private law association was established in 2009 following the model and initiative of the French Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière (MOT), which became one of the founding members of CESCI.

Members of CESCI are Hungarian local and regional municipalities located along the border, natural persons and professional bodies from Hungary and abroad. The Board of the association is international due to its members. The main mission of CESCI is to provide local stakeholders with professional support in order to render the borders in Central Europe more crossable, to bring the nations closer to each other and to decrease the separating effects of the borders in daily life; all of which are consequences of a half-century-long communistic era with hermetically closed frontiers. While the activities of CESCI cover mainly the territory of Hungary, the organisation is also active in further Central and South-Eastern European countries and it has two partner organisations: the CESCI Balkans in Novi Sad (Serbia) and the CESCI Carpathia in Košice (Slovakia). The service portfolio of the association includes a wide range of activities. Scientific research activities on particular border regions and in borderlands studies, in general, are mainly carried out by the European Institute of CESCI. The biggest project of the institute was implemented in 2013 when the association, leading an international consortium analysed the geographic and structural characteristics of cross-border cooperation in the Danube macro-region....

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