Successful CBC activities require several elements: the knowledge of the cross-border area (resources and challenges), the definition of a coherent strategy for its development, the knowledge of viable legal and financial tools, the stakeholders’ good will and, finally, a certain degree of creativity.

The implementation of CBC activities is determined by the way in which states are organized, by the capacities and competencies of local authorities and communities, by the access to relevant legal and financial frameworks and by the propensity to cooperate of the stakeholders of a border area.

CBC activities thus vary considerably from one border area to another – notwithstanding local peculiarities, successful CBC instances are characterised by a continuous effort to create solutions to overcome the obstacles that arise during the implementation process. It is to support this effort that the EDEN database has been created.