Self enrolment (Student)


Have you ever wondered how adjacent regions that were cut by state borders can cooperate? Did you know that regional development is today one of the EU priorities? Would you like to learn more on how regions in the EU can cooperate with regions in the neighbourhood countries? If so, then this course is for you.

The cross-border cooperation, or CBC in a shortened form, consists of a kind of cooperative interactions between adjacent border regions of different countries. Its most important feature is that it engages various actors, i.e. public, non-governmental and private, in a process of collaboration across borders at the local and regional level. The aim of this cooperation is to boost regional development and to overcome barriers caused by the existence of borders. Cross-border cooperation is a universal instrument, which is applied not only in cooperation between EU member states but also in the Union’s relations with its neighbours and among non-EU countries.

This course explains, develops and shows what cross-border-cooperation is and how it works in practice. It has three main objectives. First it provides a basic knowledge on the cross-border cooperation in the European continent. Second it outlines the role of CBC in the broader context of various EU’s policies, programmes and activities. Finally, the course discusses details of EU policies, tools and actions in the area of CBC, both on the intra-EU level and in relations between the EU and its neighbours.

By following the course, you will be able to distinguish between various forms of the cross-border-cooperation, decide whether the region you live in meets the CBC criteria and find proper instruments and forms to develop your own approach.



Lesson 1: Introducing cross-border cooperation
  • Why cross-border cooperation?
  • Key terminology
  • Development dynamics of CBC
Lesson 2: Engagement of the EU and the Council of Europe in the cross-border cooperation in Europe
  • Who are key international actors for the CBC?
  • Similarities of the EU and the CoE approaches towards CBC
  • Differences between the EU and the CoE in the area of CBC
  • Other supranational actors engaged in CBC
Lesson 3: Cross-border cooperation in the EU’s matrix
  • Functional role of CBC
  • Development of CBC in the EU’s internal policies
  • CBC as an instrument in the EU’s external actions

Lesson 4: Political background of CBC within EU
  • Legal framework for CBC
  • CBC in the EU’s policies for 2014-2020
  • Principles for CBC
  • Council of Europe regulations and application of CBC in the EU
Lesson 5: Modus operandi of the CBC within the EU
  • Actors for CBC
  • Institutional structures
  • Financial instruments for CBC
  • Resources
Lesson 6: CBC in the EU’s east and south neighbourhood
  • Objectives for CBC in external relations
  • Financial instruments
  • CBC component of the European Neighbourhood Instrument
  • CBC in the Instrument for Pre-Accession
  • Conclusion
Final test

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Self enrolment (Student)