The main idea of the "EU-36" project is to support the issue of enlargement and to discuss the future political, economic, socio-cultural and security aspects of a greater EU. The project is being carried out by involving key policy makers and by organizing five workshops on five thematic issues in close collaboration with its core committee members.
The European Union has succeeded to considerably expand its influence during the past 20 years. The EU’s normative pull, its stake in the benefits of US leadership and its economic and political weight formed the basis of numerous instruments for external action – ranging from enlargement to neighborhood – and of a close interaction with a high number of regional partners. In the past few years, however, the changing international order, the deterioration of European competitiveness and various internal compromises began to challenge the belief in the Union’s future capabilities to actively shape its environment.
How does the EU’s changing global role influence its relations with a “wider Europe”? What is the interaction between current world political/economic trends and EU enlargement/neighborhood policies? What can be done to preserve the existing integrationist momentum? The research will identify and analyze the key global trends influencing Europe’s role in the emerging world order, provide an overview of prospective EU responses to these challenges and – most centrally - explore the potential effects of these on the Union’s broad neighborhood.
The project aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the effects of EU accession of the Visegrad countries on their domestic political environment. The research will identify and evaluate areas in which EU accession contributed to the democratic development of each polity. The results will be made available through an online platform – a resource for monitoring experiences with EU accession within and among the V4 countries, and for sharing best practices with states in the Western Balkans.
The purpose of the project is to support and enhance policy formulation in respect to how Turkey’s regional policy and its role in the neighborhood might be reconciled with those of the EU. Turkey relates to Wider Europe in two distinct ways: as a candidate state negotiating its EU membership and as a major regional actor on its own. Turkish policies stemming from these two orientations can be potentially complementary or contradictory. This project aims (a) to examine the extent to which Turkey’s regional policies have the potential to converge with the EU’s neighborhood policies; (b) to provide a better understanding of how Turkey’s regional priorities might serve to strengthen or detract from its EU membership goals; and (c) to reassess Turkey’s potential to complement and reinforce EU policies and practices in its broader neighborhood.
Initiated and coordinated by the Slovak Foreign Policy Association, the V4 Think Tank Platform has the ambition of becoming a new and efficient instrument that would enhance cooperation within the Visegrad Group. Its main aim is to create a platform for regular and structured dialogue and for the exchange of views and ideas among the Visegrad experts from the non-governmental sector. Besides creating a network of experts on Visegrad issues, the V4 Think Tank Platform could also serve as a source of new proposals and recommendations for the governments of the Visegrad countries, the Visegrad Group presidencies and the International Visegrad Fund. Another challenge the V4 Think Tank Platform will try to tackle is that of bringing the Visegrad cooperation closer to citizens, especially through their direct involvement in the project.
This project seeks to extract useful knowledge from past and present European experiences of promoting good governance, and process the wealth of accumulated know-how about the subject. Such a review has been lacking so far despite the realities that - inspired by enlargement and applied in neighbourhood policies - European external action policies prioritize the promotion of good governance more than perhaps those of any other political entity on the globe.
The project will culminate in a four-panel international conference (29 April 2011) where established experts comment and critique the fieldwork-based, policy-oriented analyses of early-career researchers. This approach aims to contribute to the sharing of knowledge and experiences, and provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary and inter-generational synergies to develop.
The project aims to conclude in an international publication: Polish (while holding the Presidency in the Visegrad Group - V4 - 07.2008-06.2009), Czech (while holding the Presidency of the EU 01-06.2009) and Hungarian (as a current V4 President) efforts into the Eastern Partnership inauguration as well as presenting future objectives of the Polish Presidency in 2011 in the matter of the EU Enlargement Policy and cooperation within the Eastern Partnership.
The project is realized by the Kosciuszko Institute from Krakow in a partnership with the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy from Prague and the Centre for EU Enlargement Studies from CEU Budapest
In the framework of the 3 years project, a thorough examination will be carried out on the activities of donor organizations operating in the two target countries. The research concentrates on civil society assistance projects and the fields where most donor assistance is directed. Based on the findings, recommendations will be formulated for those areas where a gap in assistance exists, the identification of which will facilitate and enhance the use of civil society assistance funds of V4 countries and the International Visegrad Foundation.
The objective of the project is to help facilitate the work of Visegrad countries in assuming their responsibilities under their respective EU Council Presidencies and to contribute to the coordination of their agendas in order to achieve joint objectives. It aims to add a V4 angle to the presidencies of the individual countries and thereby contribute to the visibility and success of V4 cooperation.
This project studies the political and economic development of 10 Central and Eastern European Countries, with a special view to their relations with the European Union. Experts from each target state prepare detailed country reports that provide an overview and a thorough analysis of their country's transformation process.
The aim of the project is to bring new impulses to public and expert debates in the Visegrad countries concerning the Eastern dimension of EU policy and to increase and sustain the role of Visegrad countries in shaping the political agenda of the Commission, the European Parliament and member states in the area of CFSP and Neighborhood Policy.
The workshop series (sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council) concentrates on the impact of EU enlargement on the political, social and economic agenda of the EU. More specifically, it analyses the effects that enlargement has on the pan-European discussion regarding the Single Market policy framework and the concept of a European Social Model. Events held in the framework of the project focus on the contribution of Central and Eastern European countries, in defining priorities of Single Market Reform and socio-economic development in the EU.
The CEU Center for EU Enlargement Studies, together with the Institute for World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, in the central coordination institution for the development of the new Hungarian Foregin Policy Strategy.
The one-year research project concerns itself with the European Union's common budget and Hungary 's role and interests in its structural review. The main focus of the project is the EU-budget for the period of 2007-2013, an analytic review of its structure, an assessment of potential changes in the budget structure during its mid-term review as well as Hungary 's interests and potential in absorption of funds. The project also consideres any potential changes in the structure of institutions serving the common EU budget, and how the absorption of financial resources can interact with the main priorities of the EU.
The project initiated by the Prime Minister's Office in Hungary aims to analyze China's domestic state of affairs, its economic growth strategy and its international relations. Based on the analysis, the main goal of the initiative is to draw policy-relevant recommendations that can contribute to enhancing relations between China and Hungary. The project focuses on economic-, political- and trade relations, culture and education, scientific interaction between the two countries and also studies migration patterns. Work is carried out mainly in Hungarian.
The recent surge of radical right-wing populism has become the main engine of Euro-skepticism in the last two decades. Whether a reaffirmation of the latent nationalist popular psyche, or a novel ideological development, it is a political trend to be reckoned with. An academic project is therefore needed, which would explore the main causes for this ailment, and provide a salient analysis of this phenomena, from the perspective of the history of ideas and ideologies.
The aim of the project is to produce a series of conferences, which would synthesize the findings of the researchers. The end results shall be published in scholarly journals.