Conference "EURINT 2016: The Eastern Partnership under strain - time for a rethink?" Iasi (Romania), 20-21 May 2016
The 2016 EURINT international conference series reaches an important milestone, its 5th edition. In this regard, we aim to develop this anniversary edition into a successful one by 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. Our goal is to make the EURINT 2016 one of the most visible international events in Central and Eastern Europe dealing with the EaP region, both in size and scope.
The conceptual framework of EURINT 2016 is centred on the EU 'actorness' topic. The ongoing turmoil from Ukraine is seriously testing the EU's capacity to effectively stand up to these 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 as an important player for the near future. Hence, we believe time is ripe for a detailed reconsideration of the EU's neighbourhood instruments (particularly the EaP). In our view, a lack of in-depth inquiry into the factors at play might irreversibly sap the EU's role in the region. EURINT 2016 ties 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 neighbourhood.
EURINT 2016 is generously supported by the Erasmus + Programme, Jean Monnet Activities, Jean Monnet Project. The conference will be held at the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi, Romania, the oldest institution of higher learning in Romania. Iasi, "the city on the seven hills", "just like Rome", as an old local poem depicts, it will serve - especially in the month of May - as the perfect background and host for flourishing discussions for the 5th anniversary of EURINT.
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