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Reconciling Europe with its Citizens through Democracy and Rule of Law

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.

Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Address

Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

Belgium

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 778 750

Participants (17)

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MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 317 500

NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 367 500

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 291 250

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 299 375

KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 210 000

UNIVERZITA KARLOVA

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 143 000

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 262 500

INSTITUT CATHOLIQUE DE LILLE

France

EU Contribution

€ 216 250

WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 354 375

INTERDISCIPLINARY CENTER (IDC) HERZLIYA

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 257 500

UNIVERSITAT WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 394 750

STICHTING VU

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 265 000

LUISS LIBERA UNIVERSITA INTERNAZIONALE DEGLI STUDI SOCIALI GUIDO CARLI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 250 250

UNIWERSYTET GDANSKI

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 138 000

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 65 000

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 181 186,25

ABO AKADEMI

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 207 500

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 770142

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2018

  • End date

    30 April 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.6.1.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 999 686,25

  • EU contribution

    € 4 999 686,25

Coordinated by:

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium