This project will investigate the challenges and prospects for cross border co-operation for entrepreneurs in border areas affected by EU enlargement. The project will identify sources of threats and opportunities for entrepreneurship in selected border regions, together with the types of policy response required at the EU, national and regional levels to influence these, as well any implications with respect to a need for new forms of governance. It will investigate the experience of various actors, such as local authorities, business associations, business support organisations, informal network groups, households, as well as enterprises of different sizes, with respect to different forms of formal and informal co-operation across borders.
In analysing the scope and nature of cross-border co-operation, the project will particularly focus on the role of trust, and on individual and collective learning, assessed in relation to other factors, as influences on the success of these cross-border relationships, in terms of their longevity and the benefits that accrue to the respective partners. Following a review of the existing evidence base and of relevant theoretical literature, the methodology employed will involve a combination of secondary data and primary, empirical investigation in selected case study border regions in Finland, Germany, Poland, Greece, Bulgaria and Estonia.
Outputs from the project will include practical policy recommendations to the various stakeholders and a practical guide on cross-border co-operation, including evidence based recommendations aimed at both institutions and entrepreneurs.
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Funding SchemeSTREP - Specific Targeted Research Project