Nine partners from the TEIN network, representing four European border regions, received LEONARDO funding to develop and transfer a toolkit for cross-border project managers and an intercultural guide for the moderation of cross-border meetings. This two-year project, which commenced in October 2012, is known as the PAT-TEIN project (Professionalizing Actors of Transfrontier Cooperation – Transfrontier Euro-Institut Network).

The PAT-TEIN Toolkit for Inter-Cultural/Cross-Border Project Management

The Toolkit for Inter-Cultural/Cross-Border Project Management is an educational manual aimed at those actively involved in the development and delivery of cross-border projects, drawing on the experience and contexts of the different European partners contributing to the creation of the Toolkit.

Each of the four border regions has contributed to and drawn from a shared Toolkit designed by the Euro-Institut, excerpts of which you can find to the left of this page under “Toolkit (the common parts)”. Here you can see where there are commonalities in the experience of cross-border project management, regardless of where (in Europe) cross-border cooperation is taking place, and from where we can take examples of best practice.

That shared Toolkit has been complemented with additional material and examples informed by the particular contexts of cross-border cooperation in the four border regions, resulting in specific examples of the PAT-TEIN Toolkit aimed principally at practitioners and actors of cross-border cooperation in those border regions. They were developed by PAT-TEIN partners with the active participation of a range of relevant organisations and bodies as the Toolkit was tested and refined over a series of “test modules”. The border regions and their respective TEIN partners are:

  • Ireland/Northern Ireland – The Centre for Cross Border Studies
  • Austria/Italy/Slovenia – Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Forser, University of Ljubljana
  • Czech Republic/Poland – Institut EuroSchola, Stowarzyszenie Rozwoju i Współpracy Regionalnej „Olza” – Euroregion Śląsk Cieszyński
  • France/Spain – University of Girona, University of Perpignan Via Domitia

Launch of PAT-TEIN Toolkit in European Parliament in Strasbourg

The Toolkit for Inter-cultural/Cross-Border Project Management was officially launched in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the 18th of September 2014, during the final conference of the PAT-TEIN project. As well as representation from the European Commission (DG REGIO), MEPs Anne Sander, Martina Anderson and Matt Carthy took part in discussions on capacity-building for cross-border cooperation and future developments in this area being taken forward by the TEIN partnership.

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