The present work by Pertti Joenniemi and Alexander Sergunin approaches the question of cohesion and cross-border co-operation in Europe through the lens of local actors – of communities.
The concept of twin-cities as drivers of local economic and political integration is an intriguing one but has only sporadically been investigated in comparative terms.
This EUBORDERREGIONS working paper offers a detailed discussion of local attempts to “reconstruct” local borders, including in areas located at the external borders of Schengen-Europe. Twin cities as co-operation partners also reflect wider geopolitical contexts that impact on local and regional development in border areas.
You can download the publication here http://www.euborderregions.eu/dissamination-stradegy/policy
EUBORDERREGIONS. European Regions, EU External Borders and the Immediate Neighbours. Analysing Regional Development Options through Policies and Practices of Cross-Border Co-operation" is a 4-years long FP7 research project (2011-2015), with the main objective to identify challenges to economic, social and territorial cohesion as well as regional development potentials in different borderlands at the EU’s external frontiers.
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