In March 2017, the Commission presented its White Paper for the Future of Europe that included reflections and scenarios about the future of European integration. This was followed by a pan-European effort to enact a Citizens dialogue with the aim to engage stakeholders by presenting their ideas and thoughts on this issue. In this context, the Center for European and International Affairs / University of Nicosia organised a public seminar analyzing how EU issues played out in the recent Cypriot Presidential elections (February 2018). The time period covered includes March 2017 to February 2018. This event aimed at assessing empirical data derived from Candidates’ programmes, interviews and debates, along with party programmes and opinion surveys, e.g. Eurobarometer.
The following questions were assessed: 1) how national campaign issues relate to EU policy debates? 2) how EU affairs are perceived by citizens and national parties, and 3) what is the possible impact of the national elections in question on Cyprus’s position in upcoming decisions on the future of European integration?
This event gathered a wide participation from academia, national and local levels of government, civil society, media and youth. Please see the agenda (in Greek) here.