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Changing interests and identities in European border regions: EU policies, ethnic minorities and socio-political transformation in member states and accession countries

Objective

EUROREG studies the links between European economic integration and ethnic minority mobilisation. It explores the effects of European integration on territorially concentrated ethnic minorities and their politics, as well as on their relations with nationa l majorities and the state. We have selected nine cases of minority inhabited regions, five in ED member states and four in accession countries of Central-East and Southeast Europe (CESE). We will examine how changing opportunities and constraints induced by ED regional economi' and human rights policies, alter patterns of local political participation and economic activity of local ethnic minorities and national majorities, their relations with national and ethnic political parties and state administratie as well as minority political and cultural demands vis-a-vis the central state. We will also examine their influence on how local minorities and majorities view their identification with a national or ethnic community, their rights and obligations as citiz ens of a state, as well as how they conceptualise 'Europe.' More specifically, we will foci on ethnic minorities inhabiting regions near or across border areas in EU member states and accession countries, looking at EU cohesion policy (structural funds and cross border co-operation initiatives), pre-accession programs that include funds to prepare CESE states to implement structural funds and the broader regime of human rights and minority protection, which has developed over the past fifteen years in conj unction with the Council of Europe (CoE). During our research we shall identify and disseminate best practices that promote minority-majority dialogue and co-operation. Through the comparison between member states and accession countries we shall cast ligh t to the processes of social, political and economic transformation taking place in accession countries.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-CITIZENS-2
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Funding Scheme

NoE - Network of Excellence

Coordinator

HELLENIC FOUNDATION FOR EUROPEAN AND FOREIGN POLICY
Address
49 Vasilissis Sofias Avenue
Athens
Greece

Participants (7)

EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE -
Italy
Address
Via Dei Roccettini 7, Badia Fiesolana
San Domenico Di Fiesole (Firenze)
INTERNATIONAL CENTRE OF MINORITY STUDIES AND INTERCULTURAL RELATIONS
Bulgaria
Address
Antim I Street, 55
Sofia
UNIVERZITA KOMENSKEHO
Slovakia
Address
Mlynska Dolina F/1
Bratislava
UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO / EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA
Spain
Address
Barrio Sarriena S/n
Leioa Bizkaia
KINGSTON UNIVERSITY.
United Kingdom
Address
River House 53-57 High Street
Kingston Upon Thames
SOCIETATEA ACADEMICA DIN ROMANIA
Romania
Address
Petofi Sandor 15
Bucharest Sector 1
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI, FAKULTETA ZA DRUZBENE VEDE
Slovenia
Address
Kardeljeva Ploscad 5
Ljubljana