On 28 November 2019, TEPSA will organize the panel “Challenges for the EU connectivity in its immediate neighbourhood and in Central Asia – energy security and sustainability”. The panel will be organised in the framework of the SEnECA project and it will take place as part of TEPSA’s traditional Pre-Presidency Conference, held in Zagreb on the occasion of the incoming Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
The project “SEnECA – Strengthening and Energizing EU-Central Asia Relations” seeks to improve research cooperation and to strengthen capacities in research and policy advice in the EU and Central Asia, having recognised the importance of Central Asia for Europe.
An international consortium with twelve partner organisation form the EU and all five Central Asian countries, led by Prof Dr Michael Kaeding, professor for European politics at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), and Dr Katrin Böttger, Director of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) will map and analyse the relations between the two regions in order to make recommendations to stakeholders on future research cooperation, policies and communication. The project is funded with around 1.5 million Euros under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme for a period of two years.
The Pre-Presidency Conferences (PPCs) are TEPSA’s flagship activity. They take place twice a year in the capital of the country holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU prior to the beginning of its mandate. The main aim of TEPSA’s Pre-Presidency Conferences is to bring together academics and researchers from the broad TEPSA network, policy-makers, media and civil society in order to discuss the agenda and challenges of the upcoming Council Presidencies. TEPSA Pre-Presidency conferences constitute a major platform for communication and exchange between policy-makers and academia.
Download the preliminary conference agenda here.