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Cross-Border Labour Markets

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) has recently awarded a contract to ÖIR GmbH (Austria) as contract leader, HÉTFA Research Institute (Budapest), along with Nordregio (Sweden) and the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR), to conduct a cross-border regional labour market analysis. This decision comes after a successful joint tender offer in response to the Call for Tenders entitled “Cross-border regional labour market analysis” under reference number REGIO/2022/OP/0030, published by DG REGIO in November 2022.

The purpose of the project is to produce analyses of regional labour markets with a cross-border perspective: looking at cross-border regions as a whole instead of the sum of two (or more) separate parts. The tasks of the project aim to gathering information on the current state of play of cross-border labour markets, developing methodologies and approaches to produce cross-border datasets and cross-border labour market analyses and producing labour market analyses for a set of cross-border regions.

The project emphasizes the governance aspects of the labour market policies and expects to provide valuable insights into cross-border regional labour markets, contributing to evidence-based policymaking and promoting effective regional development strategies.

A brief initial survey at the end of May among AEBR members received 31 replies from the BE/DE/NL, BE/NL, CH/DE/FR, DE/AT, DE/CZ, DE/DK, DE/FR, DE/NL, DE/PL, DK/SE, ES/FR, ES/PT, FI/RU, FI/SE, FR/LU, FR/LU/DE/BE, HU/HR, HU/RO/RS, IT/AT, IT/SI, and NO/SE cross-border areas.

Now we invite you to take part in the core survey of this project. It will help us formulate future guidelines for cross-border labour market analyses and data collection based on the current experiences. This will support policy making, thereby strengthening integration and territorial cohesion in cross-border regions.

We have invited relevant actors in this field to share their valuable experiences about data analysis practices and limitations regarding cross-border labour markets and daily commuting. By answering the survey questions, they contribute to the objectives of the project. The partial results are planned to be published ongoing on the Border Focal Point Platform on Futurium.

The survey is available by clicking on the link below in 13 languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Polish, Romanian, Serbian, Italian, Slovak, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Greek and Hungarian), you can select the language of your choice on the start page: go to the SURVEY

Deadline: 31 August 2023. Depending on the level of involvement of your organisation in data collection, processing and analysis, completing the survey may require detailed information. You can however always interrupt the completion, save and resume later. Please do not hesitate to forward this information to any other organisation(s) you would deem relevant!

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