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International conference “EU and its neighbourhood: enhancing EU

actorness in the eastern borderlands” (May 13-16, 2020).

The May 2020 conference which will be organised in Iasi will be the main closing event of our project and will be organised as part of the EURINT conference series: http://cse.uaic.ro/eurint/. The 2020 edition will have a cross border character with the participation of approximately 60 young academics, researchers, professors, PhD students, particularly (but not limited to) from the institutions of the network, having as fundament the results and studies achieved during the three-year lifespan of the project. The conference will have a strong academic interdisciplinary character by looking at some of the main research directions studied since the beginning of our project: the assessment of the neighbourhood instruments in the region, CBC, ENI, ENP & EaP frameworks, etc. As such, the conference will, first, seek to bring additional insights into the way the EU policies are being framed and adapted in order to hamper the imbalances at the level of the borderlands. Second, it will assess the implication of the neighbourhood instruments in the borderland regions and try to provide answers about level of attractiveness the EU’s soft power. As the EU’s essential values such as good governance, democracy, economic prosperity and security have been constantly under pressure in the past years in the Eastern neighbourhood of the EU, it is interesting to see if the EU can still be regarded as a model and as a source of inspiration for the countries from the region. Last but not least, the conference will offer the possibility to discuss ways of improving   the effectiveness of the neighbourhood instruments in relation to its eastern neighbours and debate whether the current design of these instruments is still suitable for a changed region, where geopolitics has returned in force. RESULTS (available soon) COORDINATOR: Teodor Lucian Moga (P1)

Events.

ENACTED events will provide a great opportunity for the network members to meet and share both their research results and also debate ways of cooperating beyond the project’s lifespan.    
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International Forums “University in society”  (2018 Forum in Iasi,

Romania; 2019 Forum in Minsk,Belarus)

The International Forums are specifically designed to bring together particularly the societal actors in the border regions who are interested in issues related to the Eastern border of the EU. The two events will be jointly organised by the NGO partners from the network in order to generate a greater appeal among the wider public. Apart from fostering a favourable environment for debates and problem-solving type of discussions, it also enhances cooperation and dialogue between specialists in the academic field and civil society representatives from the border area. The international forum will be organised within the frame of the EURINT conference series and will address the academia, NGO and civil society representatives whose interests revolve around the thematic topics of the project, organised parallel sessions of roundtables on three more specific directions: 1. Rethinking ENP and EaP – best way forward? 2. Cross-Border Cooperation at EU’s eastern borderlands 3. Increasing societal participation in the EaP countries RESULTS: International Forum - University in society: Cross-border cooperation and regional development (18-19 May 2018, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi) COORDINATORS: Victor Pravdivets (P10), Bogdan Ibanescu (P1)

Summer school for young academics “Explaining the EU’s actorness

and its role in the eastern neighbourhood of the EU” (2018 edition in

Oradea, Romania; 2019 edition in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova).

The summer school, part of the same package of activities oriented towards teaching and research, is aimed first at offering an in-depth analysis of the EU’s external role and its impact over the wider eastern neighbourhood area in an altered context marked by the Ukrainian crisis and the existing tensions with Russia. As such, first, it draws together young academics and experts from the network institutions in order to discuss the growing literature on the ENP & EaP, to stimulate the theoretical and professional skills of participants and to encourage the exchange of views. Second, it seeks to stimulate the active involvement in the promotion of European values among the young academics (PhD students and post-doc researchers) and senior professors from the network. Third, it strives to build a favourable context for trans-borders cultural dialogue. Forth, the summer school seeks to increase the capacity to teach and research in EU-related matters, to equip young academics with knowledge and skills in the field of the EU studies, which can be afterwards relevant to their future careers. The attendees of the summer school will benefit from studies, analyses, debates and new courses and, thus, have the chance not only to acquire new knowledge and competences in European studies but also to network and establish relations with participants from all the countries envisaged by the Jean Monnet network. The summer school will provide a multinational platform for exchange of ideas and debates between young academics (PhD students, young researchers who have recently completed their doctoral studies) and invited lecturers from the network who will provide different perspectives on various thematic areas covered by the school. The summer school will have two editions: first edition organized in Oradea, Romania (2018) and the second edition organized in Chisinau, Moldova (2019). The summer school will have a duration of 7 days and will include lectures follow by in-depth workshops, a cultural evening and a ‘get-to-know each other’ sightseeing tour. The lectures will cover a wide range of interdisciplinary topics (please consider a tentative programme below), while the follow-up workshops will focus on presentations, case studies research and teamwork. RESULTS: Summer School The Eastern Partnership between Blockage and Revitalization (6-13 June 2018/ Oradea) | webpage | programme COORDINATORS: 2018: Ioan Horga (P2), David Rotman (P10), Klari Czimre (P12); 2019: Olesea Sirbu (P4), Pascariu Gabriela Carmen (P1), Grażyna Wojtkowska-Łodej (P11)

Joint Roundtables on “University in society. Development and

integration at EU’s borderlines by dialog and knowledge exchange” .

The joint roundtables aim at ‘outsourcing’ the main results of the project to the stakeholders who are not necessarily involved in the academic field: policy-makers, civil society activists, professionals and develop a favourable context for a tripartite debate university-policymakers-society on specific issues in EU Eastern borderlines to find jointly best practices and solutions. The meetings will address specific topics on ENP and CBC as resulted from research and exchange knowledge within the network. To stimulate the interest of the target groups in playing an active role in the debate, we will initiate an awareness campaign including documents which will synthetize the key result of the research At this events we will involve and engage relevant institutions in the border regions (i.e. The European Institute in Romania or EuroNest), in order to ensure a direct engagement with policy-makers and civil society. This activity is built as a strategy to engage and address the decision-makers regarding the network’s results and findings, ensuring an opened and direct dialogue. The roundtable series will mainly encourage debates on specific topics of present interest, development of working groups, developing analysis and identify solutions to regional problems. The purpose of these events is to enhance the level of the interaction between stakeholders, keeping them constantly connected to European realities and establish solid ties between participants (representatives from all communities will be invited to participate: academia, policy-making, NGOs, professional groups,), organised in focus groups. Within the focus-groups, we will seek to validate and evaluate the results of research activities from the project. The conclusions will be integrated into policy papers. The multinational dimension of these events is given by the common debates topics, as well as by the invited participants. In the implementation of the project, a constant and intensive mutual knowledge transfer will be ensured, both between the members of the consortium and stakeholders, as well as among target groups The topics are organised in the following way: 1. First year: Enhancing EU actorness in EaP 2. Second year: Working on solutions to improve the efficiency of the neighbouring instruments: CBC, ENI, etc. 3. Third year: Consolidating the academic-civil society-policy-making triangle RESULTS: COORDINATORS: Dobrzhanska Oksana (P9)

Essay Contest “Looking to the future - Common values, common

dreams”.

Every year of the implementation of the proposed project, there will be organised a contest of essays addressing the students all over the network, on topics related to European Studies (e.g. European Integration, European values and culture, European cooperation, EU foreign affairs, ENP and EaP, etc.). The contest will be organised in two steps: 1. local contest (in the universities partners; the network’ non-academic partners will be involved in promotion and evaluation); 2. International contest [read more…]

“EU Neighbours’ day – together for a common future”.

The “EU Neighbours’ day – together for a common future” will be a novel concept developed within our network which will be organised in each of the partner institutions on the 7th of May each year, thus coinciding with the launching day of the Eastern Partnership. This day will be organised in order to celebrate the neighbourly relations The highlights of the day will consist of different cultural exhibitions having the ‘idea of Europe’ as centrepiece, various artistic and cultural events, debates about Europe providing explanations about the EU integration process, answering questions about what the EU actually means, how it functions, an awarding ceremony for a planned essay contest etc.  [read more…]

Study visits for young academics in European Studies.

The research visits for young academics (staff members) in European Studies are aimed at promoting academic exchange and the transfer of knowledge between the institutions from the network. Besides broadening the experience and skills of the participants in such exchange programmes, the research visits are also aimed at enhancing the career prospects of participants and facilitate intercultural understanding through cooperation. The objective of this action is to ensure the necessary framework for academic mobility of young academics. The design of the research visits is premised on the idea of gaining valuable academic and professional experience through short term scholarships which allow them to undertake research at one of the partner universities. The number of mobilities is two per country and the duration of research visits will be 7 days. The criteria of selecting the participants in the exchange programme will be based on an internal selection according to the candidate’s application package (including CV, research proposal, letters of recommendation and intent). The topics of research will be strictly linked to the main research directions of our project: EU actorness, the Europeanization process, neighbourhood instruments (such as, ENI, CBC, etc.). The fluxes will be mainly orientated from UE countries to EaP countries and from EaP countries to EU countries The exchange programmes are essential elements in both the professional development of young academics and in improving their intercultural skills. Such study visits offer the opportunity to experience a new international environment, enriching researchers both personally and academically, meeting interesting people and taking English language skills to more fluent level. Additionally, this study visits allow sustainability for the network by generating the premises for long term projects. RESULTS: COORDINATOR: Alina Mirabela Gentimir (P1)
© Centre for European Studies - Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași

International conference “EU

and its neighbourhood:

enhancing EU actorness in

the eastern borderlands”

(May 13-16, 2020).

The May 2020 conference which will be organised in Iasi will be the main closing event of our project and will be organised as part of the EURINT conference series: http://cse.uaic.ro/eurint/. The 2020 edition will have a cross border character with the participation of approximately 60 young academics, researchers, professors, PhD students, particularly (but not limited to) from the institutions of the network, having as fundament the results and studies achieved during the three-year lifespan of the project. The conference will have a strong academic interdisciplinary character by looking at some of the main research directions studied since the beginning of our project: the assessment of the neighbourhood instruments in the region, CBC, ENI, ENP & EaP frameworks, etc. As such, the conference will, first, seek to bring additional insights into the way the EU policies are being framed and adapted in order to hamper the imbalances at the level of the borderlands. Second, it will assess the implication of the neighbourhood instruments in the borderland regions and try to provide answers about level of attractiveness the EU’s soft power. As the EU’s essential values such as good governance, democracy, economic prosperity and security have been constantly under pressure in the past years in the Eastern neighbourhood of the EU, it is interesting to see if the EU can still be regarded as a model and as a source of inspiration for the countries from the region. Last but not least, the conference will offer the possibility to discuss ways of improving   the effectiveness of the neighbourhood instruments in relation to its eastern neighbours and debate whether the current design of these instruments is still suitable for a changed region, where geopolitics has returned in force. RESULTS (available soon) COORDINATOR: Teodor Lucian Moga (P1)

Events.

ENACTED events will provide a great opportunity for the network members to meet and share both their research results and also debate ways of cooperating beyond the project’s lifespan.    

International

Forums “University

in society”  (2018

Forum in Iasi,

Romania; 2019

Forum in Minsk,Belarus)

The International Forums are specifically designed to bring together particularly the societal actors in the border regions who are interested in issues related to the Eastern border of the EU. The two events will be jointly organised by the NGO partners from the network in order to generate a greater appeal among the wider public. Apart from fostering a favourable environment for debates and problem-solving type of discussions, it also enhances cooperation and dialogue between specialists in the academic field and civil society representatives from the border area. The international forum will be organised within the frame of the EURINT conference series and will address the academia, NGO and civil society representatives whose interests revolve around the thematic topics of the project, organised parallel sessions of roundtables on three more specific directions: 1. Rethinking ENP and EaP – best way forward? 2. Cross-Border Cooperation at EU’s eastern borderlands 3. Increasing societal participation in the EaP countries RESULTS: International Forum - University in society: Cross-border cooperation and regional development (18-19 May 2018, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi) COORDINATORS: Victor Pravdivets (P10), Bogdan Ibanescu (P1)

Summer school for

young academics

“Explaining the EU’s

actorness and its

role in the eastern

neighbourhood of the EU” (2018 edition

in Oradea, Romania; 2019 edition in

Chisinau, Republic of Moldova).

The summer school, part of the same package of activities oriented towards teaching and research, is aimed first at offering an in-depth analysis of the EU’s external role and its impact over the wider eastern neighbourhood area in an altered context marked by the Ukrainian crisis and the existing tensions with Russia. As such, first, it draws together young academics and experts from the network institutions in order to discuss the growing literature on the ENP & EaP, to stimulate the theoretical and professional skills of participants and to encourage the exchange of views. Second, it seeks to stimulate the active involvement in the promotion of European values among the young academics (PhD students and post-doc researchers) and senior professors from the network. Third, it strives to build a favourable context for trans-borders cultural dialogue. Forth, the summer school seeks to increase the capacity to teach and research in EU-related matters, to equip young academics with knowledge and skills in the field of the EU studies, which can be afterwards relevant to their future careers. The attendees of the summer school will benefit from studies, analyses, debates and new courses and, thus, have the chance not only to acquire new knowledge and competences in European studies but also to network and establish relations with participants from all the countries envisaged by the Jean Monnet network. The summer school will provide a multinational platform for exchange of ideas and debates between young academics (PhD students, young researchers who have recently completed their doctoral studies) and invited lecturers from the network who will provide different perspectives on various thematic areas covered by the school. The summer school will have two editions: first edition organized in Oradea, Romania (2018) and the second edition organized in Chisinau, Moldova (2019). The summer school will have a duration of 7 days and will include lectures follow by in-depth workshops, a cultural evening and a ‘get-to-know each other’ sightseeing tour. The lectures will cover a wide range of interdisciplinary topics (please consider a tentative programme below), while the follow-up workshops will focus on presentations, case studies research and teamwork. RESULTS: Summer School The Eastern Partnership between Blockage and Revitalization (6-13 June 2018/ Oradea) | webpage | programme COORDINATORS: 2018: Ioan Horga (P2), David Rotman (P10), Klari Czimre (P12); 2019: Olesea Sirbu (P4), Pascariu Gabriela Carmen (P1), Grażyna Wojtkowska-Łodej (P11)

Joint Roundtables

on “University in

society.

Development and

integration at EU’s

borderlines by dialog and knowledge

exchange” .

The joint roundtables aim at ‘outsourcing’ the main results of the project to the stakeholders who are not necessarily involved in the academic field: policy-makers, civil society activists, professionals and develop a favourable context for a tripartite debate university-policymakers-society on specific issues in EU Eastern borderlines to find jointly best practices and solutions. The meetings will address specific topics on ENP and CBC as resulted from research and exchange knowledge within the network. To stimulate the interest of the target groups in playing an active role in the debate, we will initiate an awareness campaign including documents which will synthetize the key result of the research At this events we will involve and engage relevant institutions in the border regions (i.e. The European Institute in Romania or EuroNest), in order to ensure a direct engagement with policy-makers and civil society. This activity is built as a strategy to engage and address the decision-makers regarding the network’s results and findings, ensuring an opened and direct dialogue. The roundtable series will mainly encourage debates on specific topics of present interest, development of working groups, developing analysis and identify solutions to regional problems. The purpose of these events is to enhance the level of the interaction between stakeholders, keeping them constantly connected to European realities and establish solid ties between participants (representatives from all communities will be invited to participate: academia, policy-making, NGOs, professional groups,), organised in focus groups. Within the focus-groups, we will seek to validate and evaluate the results of research activities from the project. The conclusions will be integrated into policy papers. The multinational dimension of these events is given by the common debates topics, as well as by the invited participants. In the implementation of the project, a constant and intensive mutual knowledge transfer will be ensured, both between the members of the consortium and stakeholders, as well as among target groups The topics are organised in the following way: 1. First year: Enhancing EU actorness in EaP 2. Second year: Working on solutions to improve the efficiency of the neighbouring instruments: CBC, ENI, etc. 3. Third year: Consolidating the academic-civil society-policy-making triangle RESULTS: COORDINATORS: Dobrzhanska Oksana (P9)

Essay Contest

“Looking to the

future - Common

values, common

dreams”.

Every year of the implementation of the proposed project, there will be organised a contest of essays addressing the students all over the network, on topics related to European Studies (e.g. European Integration, European values and culture, European cooperation, EU foreign affairs, ENP and EaP, etc.). The contest will be organised in two steps: 1. local contest (in the universities partners; the network’ non-academic partners will be involved in promotion and evaluation); 2. International contest [read more…]

“EU Neighbours’

day – together for a

common future”.

The “EU Neighbours’ day – together for a common future” will be a novel concept developed within our network which will be organised in each of the partner institutions on the 7th of May each year, thus coinciding with the launching day of the Eastern Partnership. This day will be organised in order to celebrate the neighbourly relations The highlights of the day will consist of different cultural exhibitions having the ‘idea of Europe’ as centrepiece, various artistic and cultural events, debates about Europe providing explanations about the EU integration process, answering questions about what the EU actually means, how it functions, an awarding ceremony for a planned essay contest etc.  [read more…]

Study visits for

young academics in

European Studies.

The research visits for young academics (staff members) in European Studies are aimed at promoting academic exchange and the transfer of knowledge between the institutions from the network. Besides broadening the experience and skills of the participants in such exchange programmes, the research visits are also aimed at enhancing the career prospects of participants and facilitate intercultural understanding through cooperation. The objective of this action is to ensure the necessary framework for academic mobility of young academics. The design of the research visits is premised on the idea of gaining valuable academic and professional experience through short term scholarships which allow them to undertake research at one of the partner universities. The number of mobilities is two per country and the duration of research visits will be 7 days. The criteria of selecting the participants in the exchange programme will be based on an internal selection according to the candidate’s application package (including CV, research proposal, letters of recommendation and intent). The topics of research will be strictly linked to the main research directions of our project: EU actorness, the Europeanization process, neighbourhood instruments (such as, ENI, CBC, etc.). The fluxes will be mainly orientated from UE countries to EaP countries and from EaP countries to EU countries The exchange programmes are essential elements in both the professional development of young academics and in improving their intercultural skills. Such study visits offer the opportunity to experience a new international environment, enriching researchers both personally and academically, meeting interesting people and taking English language skills to more fluent level. Additionally, this study visits allow sustainability for the network by generating the premises for long term projects. RESULTS: COORDINATOR: Alina Mirabela Gentimir (P1)