Open ENP II – We Are Looking for Your Research Questions!

Your contributions to a better and more inclusive European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) is part of a research coalition led by the University of Graz and the Center for Social and Economic Research – CASE applying to a Horizon 2020 call, Open Science in Action for European-Neighbourhood Policy. This exciting project aims at applying concepts such as Open Science and Responsible Research and Innovation for a better, more effective and more inclusive European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). As part of this effort, our knowledge coalition is launching a crowd sourcing campaign to engage European actors and gather their ideas, comments and suggestions on how the ENP could be improved. We want all actors to be able to propose research questions they believe could bring about creative, relevant ideas in order to make the ENP a better and more inclusive policy.

In your opinion, what would be necessary to make the ENP an effective tool?

We are looking for your contributions: comment on suggested research questions and submit your own. Your ideas will support the definition of sound research questions to be investigated throughout the project. Make your voice heard and help finding solutions to a critical European issue!

How to participate:

To submit your research question, follow the link below to our collaborative space, where anyone will be able to add their contributions:

Just add your name, and share your ideas and comments!

Note: There are two sheets: you can find more useful information on “Background information”, while the sheet “Research Questions” is where you can make you contribution(s).

Questions? Email

A bit of background:

The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) was established in 2004 with the intention to foster development, political stability and security in the EU’s surrounding regions – thereby creating a “ring of friends”. However, given the current situation, with unrest both in the East and the South, the ENP is further away from its goals than at the time of its enactment. Indeed, the 2015 review of the ENP acknowledged the necessity to readapt its strategies according to lessons learnt.

Most research on the ENP focuses on the effectiveness of the ENP as a tool of Europeanisation, whereby the ENP countries are engaged with as mostly passive recipients of this policy. However, it is critically important to highlight the role and impact of ENP countries on their own Europeanisation process. Different paths of European integration in the countries of the Southern Caucasus, their different choices and aspirations towards the EU, could be proof of the importance of domestic variables in the Europeanisation process. Therefore, the EU might be well supported by bottom-up research outcomes, starting at the neighbouring country level, in order to fulfil the existing gaps in its external policy.

Thank you for your contribution! We look forward to keeping you updated on our progress.



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