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Reconciling Europe with its Citizens through Democracy and Rule of Law

Objective

RECONNECT starts from the observation that the European Union (EU) and the Member States are confronted with an existential crisis of the entire European project. As a result of several successive crises an increasingly large share of the population perceives the EU as an undemocratic and unjust political system. Overall trust in institutions at both Union and Member State levels is waning, while ever louder calls for a repatriation of powers to the national level are shaking the EU to its core. Against this background, our underlying assumption is that the deeply diverse and pluralistic Union of today needs to be more firmly rooted in justice and solidarity in order to be sustainable. Our working hypothesis is that European governance can regain authority and legitimacy through democracy and the rule of law, provided citizens’ aspirations and preferences are duly taken into account. This will allow for a renewed trust and recognition of the EU as a policy-provider that acts with a view to genuinely establishing a “society in which … justice [and] solidarity … prevail”, as Art. 2 TEU requires. With a unique multidisciplinary consortium of researchers, we analyse the existential challenges to the EU’s authority and legitimacy, through a comprehensive examination of principles, practices, and perceptions of democracy and the rule of law in the EU. Our end-user approach enables us to point to how democratic and rule of law principles and practices of institutions resonate with the actual aspirations, perceptions and preferences of citizens. Our ultimate objective is to contribute to a new comprehensive narrative for Europe that “reconnects” European governance with citizens. By means of an effective impact and dissemination strategy and through tailor-made policy recommendations and proposals for Treaty changes, RECONNECT will strengthen the EU’s normative foundations.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance
  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/democracy
  • /social sciences/law

Call for proposal

H2020-SC6-CULT-COOP-2017-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 778 750

Participants (17)

MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 317 500
Address
The Burroughs, Hendon .
NW4 4BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Norway
EU contribution
€ 367 500
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 291 250
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
The British Institute of International and Comparative Law
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 299 375
Address
Russell Square 17
WC1B 5JP London
Activity type
Research Organisations
KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 210 000
Address
Nador Utca 9
1051 Budapest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERZITA KARLOVA
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 143 000
Address
Ovocny Trh 560/5
116 36 Praha 1
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 262 500
Address
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT CATHOLIQUE DE LILLE
France
EU contribution
€ 216 250
Address
60 Boulevrad Vauban
59016 Lille Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER
Germany
EU contribution
€ 354 375
Address
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INTERDISCIPLINARY CENTER (IDC) HERZLIYA
Israel
EU contribution
€ 257 500
Address
Kanfei Nesharim
46150 Herzliya
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 394 750
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING VU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 265 000
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LUISS LIBERA UNIVERSITA INTERNAZIONALE DEGLI STUDI SOCIALI GUIDO CARLI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 250 250
Address
Viale Pola 12
00198 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIWERSYTET GDANSKI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 138 000
Address
Ul. Bazynskiego 8
80309 Gdansk
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 65 000
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 181 186,25
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ABO AKADEMI
Finland
EU contribution
€ 207 500
Address
Domkyrkotorget 3
20500 Abo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments