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The EU and sub-regional multilateralism in Europe's sea basins: neighbourhood, enlargement and multilateral cooperation

Objective

Closed seas play very diverse roles in relations between their bordering states: they unite and separate, they are a place of transit, a shared space, an element of joint identity, a common heritage. This project focuses on four closed sea basins: those of the Mediterranean, Caspian, Baltic and Black seas. Those basins were theatres for strategic competition between the Soviet Union and the United States during the Cold War and acquired since 1989 a new centrality in co-operation amongst neighbouring states, with a wealth of sub-regional multilateral agreements and institutions flourishing in a few years. All four basins are crucial to the European Union, and the EU is at the same time a crucial actor in them. Its policies have an impact not only in each country, but also on collective efforts at sub-regional level. This is a seldom analysed phenomenon: that of the relationship between a uniquely successful international organisation with a nature of its own, the European Union, and the smaller sub-regional multilateral structures and agreements. Compared to the huge attraction that the EU exerts, which has been a catalyser for stability, change and reconciliation in a number of European countries, sub-regional multilateral institutions have proved their relative weakness. However, their role in a number of areas (from stability and conflict resolution, to environmental issues) has been and still is important. This project aims to evaluate their main achievements and failures, and the areas in which they have been most successful. At the same time, it aims to analyse how EU membership and EU policies impact on multilateral co-operation around the sea basins, and how the EU and other multilateral organisations and initiatives can co-operate in achieving their shared objectives. In the end, the project will explore what would be the benefits of a specific approach of the EU for each of the four basins, in co-operation with the existing sub-regional multilateralism.

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2007-1
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Coordinator

CENTRE D'INFORMACIO I DOCUMENTACIO INTERNACIONALS A BARCELONA
Address
Calle Elisabets 12
08001 Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 336 040,15
Administrative Contact
Jordi Vaquer I Fanés (Dr.)

Participants (7)

MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 104 080,52
Address
Dumlupinar Bulvari 1
06800 Ankara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Atila Eralp (Dr.)
SIHTASUTUS RAHVUSVAHELINE KAITSEUURINGUTE KESKUS
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 116 413,13
Address
Narva Mnt 63/4 East Building
10152 Tallinn
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Riina Kaljurand (Ms.)
MIZHNARODNIY CENTR PERSPEKTIVNIH DOSLIDZHEN INTERNATIONAL CIVIC ORGANIZATION
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 109 093,13
Address
Vul Pymonenka 13A
04050 Kyiv
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Jose (Dr.)
ISTITUTO AFFARI INTERNAZIONALI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 193 945,52
Address
Via Angelo Brunetti 9
00186 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Rossella Cazzato (Dr.)
HASKOLI ISLANDS
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 198 619,21
Address
Saemundargotu 2
101 Reykjavik
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Silja Bara Omarsdottir (Ms.)
CONFERENCE DES REGIONS PERIPHERIQUES MARITIMES D EUROPE - ASSOCIATION
France
EU contribution
€ 70 292,52
Address
Rue Saint Martin 6
35700 Rennes
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Patrick Anvroin (Mr.)
MILLI VE BEYNELXALQ ARASDIRMALAR MERKEZI ASSOCIATION
Azerbaijan
EU contribution
€ 44 990,82
Address
Seid Rustamov Street 10 Ap 9
10001 Baku
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Leila Alieva (Dr.)