Research content

One of the core activities of the project is a case study research in different EU external border regions.

The main aim of the research is to investigate local perceptions of the European Union’s role in promoting regional development and well as receptions of concrete EU and national policies.

WP 5, WP7  will involve considerable empirical research of a qualitative and quantitative nature as well as fieldwork, to be implemented during 2012-2013. Detailed information on major cross-border interaction patterns between cities will be collected on the following fields:

-Bilateral business relations (newly founded companies with participation from the neighbouring region, formal and informal trade relations)

-Cross-border labour commuters

-Development and structure of migration

-Environmental issues

-Public health issues

 The analyse of the study results will serve to set the stage for scenario-building exercises at the local level.

 The following case study areas have been identified:

1.Kirkens (Norway) - Murmansk (Russia)

2. Kiruna (Sweden) - Narvik (Norway)

3. Leningrad obast (Russia) – Southern Karelia (Finland)

4. Narva (Estonia)- Ivangorod (Russia) and Tartu (Estonia)-Pskov (Russia)

5. Przemysl ( Poland) - Sambor (Ukraine)

6. Ungvar, Berehove/Beregszàsz (Ukraine)  and Nyiregyhàza (Hungary)

7. Chernivtsi (Ukraine) - Iasi (Romania) - Chisinau (Moldova)

8. Kirklareli ( Turkey) - Burgas (Bulgaria) 

9. East-Macedonia (Greece) - Thrace-Edirne (Turkey)

10. Algeciras (Spain, Gibraltar) - Tanger (Morocco) - Ceuta (Spain)

11. Tunis, Bizerte (Tunisia) - Trapani (Italy)

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Dr. James Scott
Project manager
Ph: (+358) 50366 0653
Project information
Project duration: 01.03.2011-28.02.2015
Lead partner: University of Eastern Finland
Total budget: 3 386 700 €
EU contribution: 2 644 090 €