International Neighbourhood Symposium (INS) ‘Addressing the Challenges in Europe and its Neighbourhoods’ took place in Odesa

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One of the panels of the Symposium was organized within the ENACTED roundtable initiative and was entitled ‘The Future of Europe – the European Union after the Elections and beyond’. During the panel…

On 18 – 23 June 2019 the International Neighbourhood Symposium (INS) ‘Addressing the Challenges in Europe and its Neighbourhoods’ took place in Odesa. The Symposium aims to largely contribute to further cooperation and understanding in Europe and its Neighbourhoods by providing a forum for study and dialogue in a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment. This year the event has brought together the speakers and participants from more than 15 countries.

One of the panels of the Symposium was organized within the ENACTED roundtable initiative and was entitled ‘The Future of Europe – the European Union after the Elections and beyond’. During the panel together with Hannes Swoboda, President of the International Institute for Peace in Vienna, and Alina Achim-Inayeh, director of the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation, German Marshall Fund in Bucharest, the vice-head of the NGO ‘Quadrivium’ Nadia Bureiko  discussed 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.

In her contribution, Nadia Bureiko focused on the main takeaways of the 2019 elections – fragmentation, polarization and the biggest turnout of voters at the elections since 1994 that reached more than 50%. Such ‘return to Europe on the ground’, according to Bureiko, signals an increased interest in Europe. Consequently, this can become a wake-up call for the EU. As Bureiko argues, it is of a great significance to more efficiently develop a dialogue-driven type of relations with the Neighbourhood given that the EU’s traditional approach that has relied on the attractiveness of its pull as a normative power has been significantly questioned over the recent years.

The representatives of numerous institutions (NGO ‘Promotion of Intercultural Cooperation’, Odesa, Ukraine; Foreign Policy Council ‘Ukrainian Prism’, Kyiv, Ukraine; Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine, Odessa, Ukraine; International Renaissance Foundation, Odessa, Ukraine; Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iasi, Romania; Federation of Romanian NGOs for Development (FOND), Bucharest, Romania; Center for International and European Studies, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey; etc.) joined the broader discussion that was structured around future effects the European parliamentary elections might have on the neighbourhood countries, perspectives for the Easter Partnership developments after 2020 and the EU’s relations towards Russia.

The programme of the 2019 International Neighbourhood Symposium is available HERE

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