The 2016 EURINT international conference “The Eastern Partnership under strain – time for a rethink”

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The 2016 EURINT international conference “The Eastern Partnership under strain – time for a rethink” was organized within the frame of Jean Monnet Project EaPpeal by the Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi, Romania, in May 20-21, 2016. Quadrivium was represented by Oksana Dobrzhanska and Nadiia Bureiko…

The 2016 EURINT international conference “The Eastern Partnership under strain – time for a rethink” was organized within the frame of Jean Monnet Project EaPpeal by the Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi, Romania, in May 20-21, 2016. Quadrivium was represented by Oksana Dobrzhanska (panel ‘Explaining the effectiveness and relevance of the EaP’) and Nadiia Bureiko (panel ‘The Ukrainian crisis – domestic and external implications’). Nadiia Bureiko is also a project member of EaPpeal (for more details please consider the following link)

EURINT 2016 aimed at drawing some of most relevant scholars, researchers, experts, civil society activists into a constructive exchange of views on the effectiveness of the Eastern Partnership in the light of the events in Ukraine and became one of the most visible and relevant international events in the academic year 2015-2016 dealing with the EaP region.

The conceptual framework of EURINT 2016 has been centred on the EU ‘actorness’ topic. The ongoing turmoil from Ukraine is seriously testing the EU’s capacity to effectively stand up to the regional challenges. It is perhaps not surprising that in some circles the EU’s approach towards the EaP region is perceived today as being not entirely comprehensive. The EU seems not fully capable of delivering meaningful results which could negatively impact, on the long-run, the EU’s credentials in the region. Concurrently, in post-Soviet Eastern Europe, the EU has still not been able to fully accommodate the large spectrum of expectations stemming from the EaP states, instead vacillating in its discourse between exclusion and inclusion, between limited vs. potential full integration, move which has puzzled many of its observers. Last but not least, the pressing security concerns from the EaP region having the Ukrainian crisis as centrepiece are still unsettled which could damage the EU’s presence in the neighbourhood as an important player for the near future.

Hence, EURINT 2016 has tied to fill a visible gap in the current debate and, thus, provide novel answers and raise awareness of the intrinsic and extrinsic challenges the EU faces when conceptualizing its strategy towards the eastern proximity.

The keynote speech was delivered by Mr. Radek Sikorski, Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2007-2014, who together with Carl Bildt, launched the EU’s Eastern Partnership.

More information about the conference, its rationale and programme is available here


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