Assuming that the development of cross-border interaction mechanisms is a vital element in dealing with the political and socio-economic challenges of EU expansion, EXLINEA examines opportunities and constraints to local/regional cross- border co-operation in CEE. State borders are viewed as socio-political constructs whilst cross-border region building is conceptualised as a process of formal and informal integration conditioned by overlying policies, co-operation practices and perceptions of the significance of cross-border interaction.
The research questions (applied to 6 case studies) include:
1) how do EU and national policies regulating the permeability of borders influence local cross-border co- operation patterns,
2) what specific formal and informal co-operation practices have developed and why,
3) what have been the national, regional and local responses to EU border policies in specific border region contexts.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
00 927 Warszawa