The Eastern Partnership in the context of the EU Enlargement Policy and V4 agenda

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

See detailed program description here.

Europe, 20 years after the Iron Curtain

Public lecture by Frans Timmermans, Minister for European Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, organised by the Center for EU Enlargement Studies, the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Date: November 5, 2009, 11:00
Venue: Popper Room, CEU, 1051 Budapest, Nador u 9.

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EU - Turkey Relations

Developing Common Energy Frontiers?

EU- Turkey relations is entering a significant phase in the coming year. Turkey is in the transit line of two most important energy frontiers for EU, the Middle East and the Caspian regions. Developing these gas and oil reserves require large financial funds, long-standing and reliable business relations and considerable political efforts for the European Union. Turkey, with its distinguished role in the region and far-reaching experience, is a natural partner in these European aspirations. In order to take a critical look at the EU -Turkey energy relations, CENS - CEU and IPC - Sabancı University, Istanbul are gathering energy and policy experts; academicians, important policy actors in a conference, entitled:

EU-Turkey Relations - Developing Common Energy Frontiers?
on October 12, 2009
at CEU in Budapest

The event is supported by the Turkish Embassy in Budapest.

Mapping out Possibilities of V4 Countries in Strengthening the Civil Society Sectors of Serbia and Georgia

On June 18 2009, the Center for EU Enlargement Studies together with its partner institutes - the Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (SFPA), the Institute of Public Affairs of Poland (IPA) and the EUROPEUM Institute For European Policy of the Czech Republic - launched its new research project supported by the International Visegrad Fund (IVF). The strategic grant in the amount of EUR70,000 aims to provide a comprehensive overview of democracy assistance projects in Serbia and Georgia, specifically focusing on the assistance channeled to the civil society sectors of these countries.

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 civil society assistance exists. The identification of these potential gaps will facilitate to most effective use of democracy assistance funds of V4 countries.

    Europe as a Soft Power

Event Report

On April 2nd 2009, the Center for EU Enlargement Studies in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung held an international conference entitled “ Europe as a Soft Power”. The underlying assumption of the conference was that soft power of the European Union has played an important role in its enlargement policy as demonstrated by the transformation of Central and Eastern European countries. In addition, the EU increasingly sees itself as a soft power that should use norm diffusion as a source of influence in its relations with its neighbors and around the globe. However the gloomy prospects of further enlargements question the leverage and potential of EU soft power in the future and call for further examination thereof. The conference addressed various aspects of EU foreign policy – enlargement policy, neighborhood policy, EU-Russia relations – and analyzed the type and degree of influence that it asserts. In addition to a conceptual overview of EU soft power, each panel examined relevant policy issues and analyzed the role that the EU plays in various conflict situations, i.e. in the Georgia-Russia conflict or the energy conflict. Full report is available here.

New Publications Available Online
Comprehensive Studies on the Political and Economic Transition in Europe's Neighborhood

In the framework of a research project, CENS embarked upon the challanging task of providing a comprehensive analysis of the state of the transformation processes in neighboring countries of the EU as well as their relations with the EU. Systematic studies analyze the political and economic transformation that took place in these countries since 1990 up until today, as well as the course of their relations with the EU. The research also aims to draw conclusions regarding the achievements of the transition process and European integration perspectives of candidate countries, potential candidate countries and countries covered by the EU's Neighborhood Policy. As the project is coming to an end, studies will be made available on the project website shortly. More...

Event Reports
"National and European Identities -
Current Events and Future Trends"

The current French Presidency of the EU as well as some underlying motives in relation to the referendum results of the Lisbon Treaty in Ireland provided the impetus for the conference: 'National and European Identities: Current Events and Future Trends' that took place on November 27 – 28, 2008 at CEU and the French Institute. The conference tackled some issues that generated heated public and political debates in relation to the future of the EU, namely ’democratic legitimacy’, ’enlargement fatigue’ and the fate of the Constitutional Treaty, later to become the Lisbon Treaty. Among the issues examined were: National Identities and Historical Reconciliation, Historical Reconciliation and Enlargement, European identity and the future of the Lisbon Treaty, European identity and Enlargement - New Europe and New Neighbors.
Summary and presentations are available here.

"EU Energy Policy and Infrastructure Development -
The Role of the Visegrad Countries"

The event hosted by CENS on November 4th 2008, formed part of the activities held in the framework of the project “Strengthening Central European contribution to the Eastern dimension of EU's CFSP” supported by the Intarnational Visegrad Fund, with the participation of leading think tanks from V4 countries. ‘EU Energy Policy and Infrastructure Development - The Role of the Visegrad Countries’ conference focused on the potential ways of enhancing energy security in the framework of the European Neighborhood Policy and the role of Visegrad countries in achieving that. Issues of energy security within the ENP are most visible in some infrastructural projects, which at this point are rather under-developed. The conference centered on those areas where sectoral cooperation is realistically achievable in the fields of transport, energy and electricity grid infrastructures and can contribute to increased connections between the EU and its neighbors and more energy security for the EU. Presentations and the full program is available here.