Call for expression of interest to develop a study on Euroregions and cross-border cooperation within the EU

News / 13.3.14

The Centre Maurits Coppieters (CMC) is seeking to engage a researcher in the field of Euroregions and cross-border cooperation in order to develop a policy paper.

Background and main ideas to be developed:

The phenomenon of Euroregions has proven to be valuable to foster European integration and has successfully helped citizens to improve their daily quality of life. These cross-border cooperation structures have served to intensify local economic, social and cultural co-operation amongst peoples – in and outside the Union – by developing common activities in areas such as economic and regional development, job creation, strengthening of local and regional government functions, and improvement of communication.

CMC proposes a study of Euroregions based on three pillars: firstly, to give some examples of different nations which have their territory divided across two or more EU Member States. The paper should contain an in-depth reflection on the existing relations within these Euroregions territories and their existing cooperation strategies, which can be either operational or strategic. Secondly, it would also be interesting to focus on the legislative acquis that such regions have to further develop their cooperation. The Council of Europe and the European Union have already established important benchmarks with policies such as the European grouping of territorial cooperation (EGTC), for example. Lastly, the paper will explore additional ways to create new national institutions among divided stateless nations in the European Union in order to overcome the obstacles hindering cross-border cooperation

When applicable use NUTS-2/NUTS-3 statistics.

Key tasks

The selected researcher(s) will write a paper of with a length of at least 12,000 words.

The paper will be written preferably in the mother tongue(s) of the researcher(s), or in English.

Translation into English and publication will be managed by the CMC.

Budget and Duration of the project

The total budget earmarked for this call is estimated at 2,000 EUR. Co-financing by the author(s) would be a plus.

If the proposal is approved the first draft should be handed in no later than 3 months after the official notice of acceptance.

A correction can be requested after an opinion of the CMC Advisory Scientific Council is cast.

This activity has the financial support of the European Parliament and is subject to visibility and transparency rules.


The paper will be available under the publications line of the Centre Maurits Coppieters during the second half of 2014. Intellectual property rights and publication rights are transferred to the CMC for this purpose. Publication in any other source needs to be approved of beforehand by the Centre Maurits Coppieters.

Application Instructions

Interested researchers should submit a brief proposal (2 pages max.) by 13th April 2014 to stating “CMC Call for expression of interest – Euroregions” in the subject line.

The abstract and financial proposal should be submitted in English.

A short CV of the researcher(s) must accompany the proposal.

Submission of the proposal implies acceptance of the terms and conditions as expressed in this call.

CMC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of origin, religion, gender, disability, and/or sexual orientation.

Download this call for proposals here.