ITEM (Institute for Transnational & Euregional Cross Border Cooperation and Mobility)

Conduct research on what the impact is on border regions, of the current German legislative/policy proposal for Cannabis legalisation.

The Project

The Project

Assessing the impact of a current legislative/policy proposal (German legalisation of cannabis) on border regions.

ITEM’s main task is to help remove border barriers within the EU. That is why we publish a detailed annual report – our cross-border impact assessment report – on which we regard as the current issues from legislation and policy that could create such barriers.

These include, for example, negative or positive effects of new legislation that arises for people living in one country but working in another, or barriers inhibiting local authorities working together on cross-border projects. By identifying and analysing potential cross-border effects, ITEM aims to contribute to both the scientific debate and improving (policy on) cross-border mobility and the socio-economic development of cross-border regions in practice. We are also working closely together with the Dutch government to improve their internal impact assessment routine.

The PREMIUM student team will get a clear assignment with respect to a current legislative (or policy) proposal, that is the German legalisation of cannabis. The task will be to apply the ITEM impact assessment methodology and contribute to the 2024 cross-border impact assessment report that will be published and communicate to ITEM’s stakeholders and the wider public.

Are you looking for a research project that has impact on policies for border regions, such as where the UM is situated? This is something for you!


In this project, the focus is on “discovering something new”

The Client

The Client

ITEM is the expertise centre on cross-border mobility and cooperation (Maastricht University).

ITEM carries out interdisciplinary research in the context of cross-border Euroregional mobility and cooperation issues, paying particular attention to practical solutions. This starts with an interdisciplinary perspective, from which research takes place in the legal, economic, cultural and administrative fields, in cooperation with the various faculties within Maastricht University.

Through both small-scale contract research and also extensive annual reports, ITEM tackles the issues surrounding the internationalisation of the world, and its impact on border regions. Our research revolves around translating scientific knowledge into practical solutions.

Co-Creator Client

This client might join the team for brainstorm sessions, meetings, and preparatory session. The co-creator is more actively involved in/during the project execution.