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ENACTED roundtables.

University in society. Development and integration at EU’s borderlines by dialog and knowledge

exchange.   

The joint roundtables aim at ‘outsourcing’ the main results of the project to the stakeholders who are not necessarily involved in the academic field: policy-makers, civil society activists, professionals and develop a favourable context for a tripartite debate university-policymakers-society on specific issues in EU Eastern borderlines to find jointly best practices and solutions. The meetings will address specific topics on ENP and CBC as resulted from research and exchange knowledge within the network. To stimulate the interest of the target groups in playing an active role in the debate, we will initiate an awareness campaign including documents which will synthetize the key result of the research.
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Regional Development and Cohesion Policy Reform after 2020  (23 October 2018, Alexandru Ioan

Cuza University of Iasi, Romania) | programme | poster | photos

Increasing cross-border cooperation at the eastern border of Romania / the EU: the review of a decade 2007-2017  (23 February 2018, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania) | programme | poster | photos The event was organised by the Centre for European Studies – „Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași in partnership with the North-East Regional Development Agency, the Siret-Prut-Nistru Euroregion Association, the Jean Monnet European Documentation Centre in February 23, 2018 in Iasi, Romania. The workshop aimed at analysis and assessment of the cross-border cooperation programmes in the comparative perspective from the programming period 2007-2013 and the programming period 2014-2020. The workshop was structured around past, present and future of CBC in the region with the contribution made by scholars, experts and practitioners from the field. Enhancing UE actorness in Eap (21 June 2018, Moldova State University, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova) In June 21, European Studies Centre of Faculty of International Relations, Political and Administrative Sciences, Moldova State University organized a roundtable ‘Enhancing the EU’s Actorness in EaP’. The discussion brought together researchers and practitioners from different institutions: European Integration Department at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova; Chisinau Office of EUBAM Mission to Moldova; Perspectiva-INT University; Institute for European Policies and Reforms; Yurii Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University; Balti State University; Academy of Science of the Republic of Moldova; Foreign Policy Association, etc. Upon the discussion focused on various aspects of the European integration of Moldova and the perspectives of EaP, the participants of the roundtable made recommendations on the ways to foster the process of regional cooperation and European integration and to better solve the problems that EaP states cope with. | programme | poster | photos

EU Neighbourhood Policy and Ukraine-Moldova Relations (8 May 2018, NGO “PIC” & Odessa National

University, Ukraine)

In May 8, NGO ‘Promotion of intercultural cooperation’ together with Odessa National University organized a roundtable ‘EU Neighbourhood Policy and Ukraine-Moldova Relations’ that gathered experts from Odessa, Kyiv, Chernivtsi and Chisinau. During the first session, speakers presented their ideas on the priorities of the EU Neighbourhood Policy, perspectives of the EaP 20 deliverables and particularities of transborder cooperation. During the second session, the issues of the Ukraine-Moldova cooperation were discussed particularly in the framework of the Eastern Partnership after both countries signed the Association Agreements with the EU.  Dr. Alla BRUSYLOVSKA, Odessa National University, spoke on the transformations in the Central-Eastern European countries after joining the EU, while Mr. Mihai MOGILDEA, ESGA Moldova, focused on Moldova’s cooperation with the EU since 2009 and the EU’s role in implementation reforms in Moldova. Dr. Yevhen MAGDA, Institute of World Politics, Kyiv, structured his presentation around the Ukraine-Moldova relations in the context of the Russian hybrid aggression and the EU possible involvement, while Dr. Hanna SHELEST, NGO ‘Promotion of intercultural cooperation’, emphasized the EU potential as a mediator of the conflicts in Ukraine and Moldova and necessity to include security into the EaP priorities. | programme | poster | photos

Strengthening the EU's role in the Eastern Partnership: Challenges and Opportunities (September 7,

2018, Chernivtsi, Ukraine))

Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, NGO ‘Quadrivium’ and the Office of International Cooperation and European Integration at Chernivtsi Regional State Administration organized a roundtable ‘Strengthening the EU's role in the Eastern Partnership: Challenges and Opportunities’. The discussion was moderated by ENACTED member, Dr. Oksana DOBRZHANSKA and brought together experts from Chernivtsi, Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk. The first section of the roundtable was focused on the EU's self-positioning in European and world political landscapes (contribution by Dr. Halyna PROTSYK from Ukrainian Catholic University), sub-regional projects and Ukraine’s dialogue with the EU within the Eastern Partnership (contributions by Prof. Serhii FEDUNIAK and Prof.  Anatolii KRUHLASHOV from Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University) and perspectives of Eurointegration for Ukraine (contribution by Dr. Ihor HURAK from Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University).

Eastern Partnership: how not to miss opportunities (October 9, 2018, Chernivtsi, Ukraine)

Event organized by Yurii Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, NGO ‘Quadrivium’, Foreign Policy Council ‘Ukrainian Prism’ with the support of International Renaissance Foundation within Civic Synergy under umbrella of the Ukrainian national platform of the EaP Civil Society Forum. Given the results of previously conducted research and practical experience of the roundtable participants, the discussion aimed at looking for possible solutions how to improve the efficiency of the neighbouring instruments in Ukraine via the sectoral cooperation within Eastern Partnership initiative.

EU Eastern Borders: Attitudes – Approaches – Agendas’ (November 8, 2018, University of Debrecen,

Hungary)

The Department of Social Geography and Regional Development Planning organised the first ENACTED roundtable ‘EU Eastern Borders: Attitudes – Approaches – Agendas’ that was focused on the ‘attitude’ dimension. Erika MACZIK, a regional development referent from the Department of Development, Planning and Strategy of the Hajdú-Bihar County Government, opened the discussion with the presentation on the role of international relations in the activities of the Hajdú-Bihar county government. The speaker offered insights into the structure of the county government and spoke on how the county government’s mission changes in different fields of regional development. The role of Hajdú-Bihar county in the Hungarian-Romanian border region was also explained. Furthermore, Prof. Gabriela Carmen PASCARIU and Dr. Ramona TIGANASU from the Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, presented the results of the research activities entitled ‘Resilience and regional development. Relevance for the EU’s peripheral regions’. Dr. Constantin-Vasile ŢOCA from the Institute for Euroregional Studies, the University of Oradea, made a presentation on  ‘Three decades of cross-border cooperation along the Romanian-Hungarian border (1990-2018)’.

European Union and Eastern Partnership: achievements and perspectives (September 27, 2018,

Warsaw School of Economics, Poland)

Apart from the speakers from the host institution, the representatives of the Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW), Catholic University in Lublin, Department of Political Science and Centre of Eastern Partnership of Opole University participated in the discussion. Roundtable participants discussed various aspects of Eastern neighbourhood – political cooperation, economic relations, people- to-people contacts – that allowed to develop a more cohesive vision of problems and challenges faced by the region. The participants particularly focused on strategic assessment of the Eastern Partnership, practical implementation of this initiative, ‘export of values’ beyond the EU’s borders, energy policy as well as discussed effects of institutional transformation in Eastern Europe and ways of enhancement of the Eastern Partnership through academic activities.  

‘Enhancing the EU’s actorness  in the EaP’ (December 6-7, 2018, Chisinau, Moldova)

The event was organized within the Jean Monnet conference ‘Moldova towards EU’s regional and cross-border cooperation’ by the Association of Ethnic and Regional Studies in the premises of the Academy of Economic Studies  of Moldova. The roundtable was moderated by Dr. Rodica CRUDU, Dean of the Faculty of International Economic Relations. The participants from the Centre of European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, University of European Studies of Moldova, the Academy of Economic Studies from Moldova etc. discussed geopolitical risks in the EU, economic security of the Eastern Partnership countries, the necessity to integrate resilience in contemporary policy-making, etc. ‘The Perspectives of Cooperation with Eastern Partnership Countries in the Light of Polish Membership in the EU’, Warsaw School of Economics on June 19Warsaw, Poland  Apart from the ENACTED project team (prof. Grażyna WOJTKOWSKA-ŁODEJ, dr. Ewelina SZCZECH-PIETKIEWICZ, dr. Honorata NYGA- ŁUKASZEWSKA), the participants from the other research institutions (e.g. Ivan Franko Lviv National University, Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), Institute of Central Europe) took part in the discussion. Prof. Natalia HORIN (Lviv) focused on trade relations between Ukraine and the EU under the free trade agreement. In her presentation, Prof. HORIN spoke on trade intensity in the area of natural and agricultural products between Ukraine and the EU in general and Poland and Ukraine in particular. A more political approach was offered by Daniel SZELIGOWSKI from Polish Institute of International Affairs in his presentation of PISM’s report on the vision of the Eastern perspective in 2020. The report presents different scenarios for Eastern perspectives considering institutional environment.  Dr. Roman ROMANTSOV from the Institute of Central Europe presented his research on Eastern Partnership for Belarus in 2009 – 2019 and highlighted Belarusian perspective on cooperation with the EU. According to Dr. ROMANTSOV, institutional environment is among the main obstacles for further cooperation of Belarus with the EU. Finally, Dr. Przemysław BISKUP from Institute of International Economic Policy, Warsaw School of Economics, analysed Brexit’s impact on Eastern Partnership. The Future of Europe – the European Union after the Elections and beyond’, Odesa, Ukraine  On June 19, the NGO ‘Promotion of Intercultural Cooperation’ organized the ENACTED roundtable discussion entitled ‘The Future of Europe – the European Union after the Elections and beyond’. The discussion was organized in Odesa, Ukraine, within the 2019 International Neighbourhood Symposium (INS) ‘Addressing the Challenges in Europe and its Neighbourhoods’. During the discussion the speakers focused on the future perspectives for Europe after the 2019 elections considering the possible coalition(s) in the parliament and the main priorities of the leading parties vis-à-vis the EU’s foreign policy objectives. Hannes SWOBODA, President of the International Institute for Peace in Vienna, Austria, analysed the impact of the increased right- wing forces in the European Parliament and spoke on how they could potentially challenge the European Union concerning the following: the EU’s main ‘outside’ powers (the USA, China and Russia), Neighbourhood and Middle East as well as some sectoral issues – migration, civil liberties, sustainable development. According to Mr. SWOBODA, the EU has become more flexible and looked for tailor-made solutions regarding the European Neighbourhood over the last couple of years. Alina ACHIM-INAYEH, director of the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation, German Marshall Fund, Bucharest, Romania, in her presentation has offered several scenarios for the EU’s foreign policy given the possible coalitions in the parliament. The proposed scenarios are built upon the previous behavioural trends of the parties and the current distribution of their seats. Cooperation within EU Neighbourhood Policy: Instruments, Solutions and Opportunities for the Republic of Moldova’, Chisinau, Moldova On April 12, the Centre of European Studies of Moldova State University in cooperation with the International Relations Department of the Faculty of International Relations, Political and  Administrative Sciences organized the roundtable ‘Cooperation within EU Neighbourhood Policy: Instruments, Solutions and Opportunities for the Republic of Moldova’. The roundtable discussion brought together participants from Operations Section of the European Union Delegation to Moldova, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Yurii Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, Association for Ethnic and Regional Studies, etc. Resilience and the EU's Eastern Neighbourhood countries. From the theoretical concepts to a normative agenda’, Iasi, Romania The roundtable discussion ‘Resilience and the EU's Eastern Neighbourhood countries. From the theoretical concepts to a normative agenda’ was organized by the Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi on May 18, 2019 and tackled the studies from the forthcoming book ‘Resilience and the EU's Eastern Neighbourhood countries. From the theoretical concepts to a normative agenda’, edited by Gilles ROUET (Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University, France) and Gabriela Carmen PASCARIU (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania). Russian coercive strategies in cyber age, Iasi, Romania The roundtable ‘Russian coercive strategies in cyber age’ was organized by the Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi on May 17, 2019 that aimed at discussing a series of vital issues revolving around Russia’s coercive strategies in the current cyber age. The participants discussed peculiarities of Russia compared to the other cyber powers as well as the role of cyber operations as an instrument of Russia’s coercive diplomacy. During the roundtable the speakers presented their research projects which explored how Russia’s increasingly assertive behaviour in cyberspace has lent new urgency to the debate about cybersecurity in the West. Institutions of the European Union’, Bălti, Republic of Moldova On July 29, 2019, the Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi in collaboration with the City Hall of Balti organized the roundtable ‘Institutions of the European Union’. During the event the opportunities offered by the European Union to the member states of the Eastern Partnership were discussed. The discussion also tackled the issues of the European funding for local administrations from Republic of Moldova.
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roundtables.

University in society. Development and

integration at EU’s borderlines by dialog

and knowledge exchange.   

The joint roundtables aim at ‘outsourcing’ the main results of the project to the stakeholders who are not necessarily involved in the academic field: policy-makers, civil society activists, professionals and develop a favourable context for a tripartite debate university-policymakers-society on specific issues in EU Eastern borderlines to find jointly best practices and solutions. The meetings will address specific topics on ENP and CBC as resulted from research and exchange knowledge within the network. To stimulate the interest of the target groups in playing an active role in the debate, we will initiate an awareness campaign including documents which will synthetize the key result of the research.

“EU Neighbours’ day – together for a

common future”.

The “EU Neighbours’ day – together for a common future” will be a novel concept developed within our network which will be organised in each of the partner institutions on the 7th of May each year, thus coinciding with the launching day of the Eastern Partnership. This day will be organised in order to celebrate the neighbourly relations The highlights of the day will consist of different cultural exhibitions having the ‘idea of Europe’ as centrepiece, various artistic and cultural events, debates about Europe providing explanations about the EU integration process, answering questions about what the EU actually means, how it functions, an awarding ceremony for a planned essay contest etc.  The organisation of such a day will have a positive impact on relevant target groups (particularly young academics) on improving knowledge about European integration and the development of professional competence in the field. Moreover, such an event can have a strong potential for generating transformative processes in society and economy of neighbouring countries with long-term impact of reducing border effects. From our previous experiences and observations, we have noticed that particularly among the wider public in the neighbouring countries the knowledge about the EU is still relatively poor. This has had a detrimental effect on the efficiency of neighbouring instruments and cross-border cooperation which we seek to counter by offering explanations and raising awareness about the positive implications of the EU integration process. Activity responsible: Sorin MAZILU (P1) Results The Neighbours’ day was a real reason of celebration within the network, the organizers and participants showing both interest and enthusiasm for the activities included in the event. Each partner designed its own approach for the event, the only common nominator being the essay contest. As a consequence, a friendly and constructive competition was initiated within the network partners in order to see who is able to organize the most interesting and creative activities. Among the activities that where organized, we mention: treasure hunt on EU subjects, art exhibitions, seminars and discussions panels, interactive workshops, posters contests, etc. The event gain rapidly popularity in each partner country, being promoted by press, television, supermarket chains, etc. The success of the activities was a very pleasant surprise for us. For this reason, we plan in the future to organize more learning opportunities of this type, which brings along interesting information, creativity and people from all partners. Estimated no. of participants: 500