ITEM annual conference 2017
After the French elections, there are positive signals of new political initiatives in Brussels that could strengthen the European Union. Meaning that the year 2017 despite Brexit, might not be the year of ongoing political disturbances but of further consolidation and progress. This would be good news. Especially for border regions that depend heavily on open borders, a stable internal market and free movement of citizens.
- The European Commission will – after the summer- present a roadmap to abolish present obstacles for cross-border mobility.
- The Dutch government has just launched an action plan to strengthen cross-border economic activities and a cross-border labour market.
- The Benelux is tackling border obstacles, among others, in the area of the transferability of qualifications (in the context of a group of experts).
- The Euregions at the German/Dutch/Belgian borders have established new cross-border information points, and
- The public employment authorities found some interesting new solutions for cross-border employment.
This offers many interesting aspects for ITEM’s third annual conference that this year will be held in Düsseldorf.