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Meeting 4 - Cavan, Ireland

Over 130 people from 15 countries attended the Centre’s international conference – ‘Cross-Border Training and Impact Assessment in Ireland and Europe’ – in Cavan on 27-28 October. They came from border regions in France, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Spain (Catalonia), the French Caribbean, USA, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. The highlight was the launch of the Impact Assessment Toolkit for Cross-Border Cooperation – developed jointly by the Centre for Cross Border Studies and the Euro-Institut in Kehl, Germany – by Dr José Antonio Ruiz de Casas of the European Commission’s Regional Directorate (DG REGIO).

There were also presentations on health training in the Irish border region; business mentoring in the Irish border region; raising the participation of women in public life in NW Ireland and Scotland; teacher training in the Czech-Polish border region; intercultural training in the Upper Rhine region; the challenges of training and evaluation for EU Territorial Cooperation programmes; cross-border local authority training in Ireland; higher education and research cooperation between France, Germany and Switzerland; needs analysis in the Slovenia-Carinthia-Friuli region; the Transfrontier Euro-Institut Network (TEIN); and cross-border training and impact assessment from the viewpoints of the European Commission, the Association of European Border Regions, and France’s leading authority on cross-border cooperation, Professor Michel Casteights.

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