This project – launched by the King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium) – aims (1) to foster a wider public debate on the EU’s future at both European and national level, involving not only policy-makers but also citizens; (2) to contribute fresh but also realistic thinking and ideas on how to address the challenges facing Europe; and (3) to help close widening gaps between Member States and even within EU countries about Europe’s future.
In the framework of the project, the IAI is being organizing three events in Italy in the first semester of 2014. The first event – a Citizens Advisory Group – was held in Turin on January 25, in collaboration with Centro Studi sul Federalismo.
The next events – Public stakeholders event and a Policy makers debate – are planned for March 10 in Rome.
EP votes that shaped EU and national politics 2009-2014
The project is conducted in collaboration with Notre Europe, within the framework of the Vote Watch Europe Annual Report. Twelve European think-tanks are taking part in the project, which aims to evaluate the European Parliament’s (EP) activity during the current legislation (2009-2014), and spread the results to the national public opinion before the next election. The results will be disseminated in a national conference to be held in Turin, in cooperation with Centro Studi sul Federalismo on April 14, 2014.
New Voices in the European Debate
The project engages in dialogue with emerging and re-emerging political actors and social movements in three southern member states (Greece, Spain and Italy). The aim is to discuss and converge on a paradigmatic shift from the austerity trap to a common prosperity project. The focus would be on the needed economic, political and institutional reforms rather than on the pros and cons of austerity vs growth policies, and on the European instruments and programmes that can complement national adjustment efforts. In the framework of the project a political seminar took place in Berlin on 7-8 November 2013.
You can download the proceedings of the seminar here and the paper by T.Dokos et al. here.
The changing regional role of Turkey and cooperation with the EU in the neighbourhood
Turkey has moved from being an interlocutor to a key player in its neighbourhood. The aim of this study is to explore the implications this has for Turkey’s regional role, for its security, commercial and energy interests, as well as for its relations with the EU. The study focuses on three key regions in Turkish foreign policy — the Middle East, the Caucasus, and the European Union.
On January 22 a seminar in Vienna launched “Eden” ((End-user driven DEmo for cbrNe) – an EU funded collaborative project on defense against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear risks and threats (CBRN). With this project the European Commission intends to bring to an upper level of maturity the resilience capacity of the EU society when it comes to CBRNe events. IAI leads the EDEN End-Users Platform (WP13) and the WP on “Boost the EU CBRNE market”. You can see the press release here and the role of the IAI here.