"Better information for cross-border commuters in European border regions":

On 25 January 2012 the AEBR, as Lead Partner of the project “Better information for cross-border commuters in European border regions”, that the Association is implementing from 1 December 2011 to 31 December 2012, organized a one-hour Skype video-conference with several interested border regions particularly active in cross-border labour market issues. Read more on this meeting in the report that can be downloaded below.

 

On 25 January 2012 the AEBR, as Lead Partner of the project “Better information for cross-border commuters in European border regions”, that the Association is implementing from 1 December 2011 to 31 December 2012, organized a one-hour Skype video-conference with several interested border regions particularly active in cross-border labour market issues. This project is co-financed by the European Union. Connected participants of this virtual meeting were Martín Guillermo Ramírez (AEBR Secretary General and Lead partner of the project), Peter Hansen (Secretary General Region Sønderjylland – Schleswig at the Danish-German border), Linda Blom and Sonja Adamsky (both from EUREGIO at the Dutch-German border), Stéphane Cheref (Maison de l’Emploi St Louis at the French-Swiss-German border), José María Cruz (Office of the Spanish region of Extremadura in Brussels and representative of Euroace), Marie-Lou Perou and Anna Winkler (both from AEBR).

In this framework Secretary General Martín Guillermo Ramírez presented the Project Outline and discussed the main objectives of the action with the participants.

Cross-border mobility is of particular importance in border regions, as it is part of the every-day life of citizens crossing the border, either to get to their place of work or for leisure purposes. It can be said that border regions are engines and also laboratories of cross-border cooperation. No other continent than Europe has such a dense net of national borders. At these interfaces, different cultural and linguistic and, above all, also legal and administrative systems clash. Different social security and taxation laws, different pension schemes and education systems (with the special case of vocational training or kindergarten) are remarkable examples for the complexity of the barriers, which can be found at the internal and external borders of the European Union. 

A complete harmonisation of legislation is impossible in the foreseeable future, and this is not desired by the Member States, even with the completion of the Single Market. Therefore, it has to be expected that due to the dynamic development of national border systems, new situations will arise that could cause difficulties for mobile workers and job applicants, if they are not informed both timely and comprehensively.

The project ‘Better information for cross-border workers in European border regions’ specifically focuses on barriers concerning the access to neighbouring labour markets in European border regions, concentrating particularly in different social security and taxation regulations. Due to their peripheral location and the clashing of different social security systems, legislation, languages and cultures, border regions have to face particular challenges when providing information to cross-border commuters.

For information on the project please contact the Lead Partner (info@aebr.eu).

For the detailed project outline please click on the following link: http://www.aebr.eu//files/filemanager_files//Projekte/CB_Labour_Market/120125_Project_outline_updated_EN.pdf)

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