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Research Workshop: The Dynamics of Integration
In the framework of its research programme 2005-2006, EuroMeSCo held a research workshop on the issue of "The Dynamics of European Integration" on 16 May 2006 at TESEV in Istanbul.
The seminar aimed at bringing together some of the researchers involved in the various EuroMeSCo projects, as well as a few external experts, to discuss the individual findings and facilitate cross-fertilisation.

 

The seminar discussed the following approved EuroMeSCo projects:

 

  • Political scenarios for Europe in its neighbourhood. New member states´ perspectives on the EU future dilemmas (IPA, Warsaw & FPI, Ankara)
  • The European Neighbourhood Policy: A promising EU foreign policy tool? (TESEV, Istanbul & DOI, Hamburg)
  • An interdisciplinary study of the security dimensions of further EU enlargement: Options for bilateral cooperation in facing military and non-military risks and challenges. The interests of a new member state: Hungary (TLI, Budapest & FPI, Ankara)

The first debate on “The European Neighbourhood Policy: A Promising EU Foreign Policy Tool?” was introduced by Sabiha Senyucel and Sanem Guner (TESEV, Istanbul) who argued that the EU is in need of a proper foreign policy tool in order to be able to deal with today’s global challenges, as well as with certain security threats in its immediate neighbourhood. Based on the assumption that the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) was still a policy-in-the-making, the ENP already has, in spite of some obvious flaws, addressed some shortcomings of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EMP), with which it is supposed to be organically linked. Furthermore, they argued that the EU is aspiring to be a normative power that aims at exporting its own values to its neighbourhood. The subsequent discussion focused particularly on the geographical dimension of the ENP, the EU-internal motives that lay behind the adoption of the policy, as well as on its substance.

The second debate was introduced by Dr. Erzsébet Rozsa (Teleki László Institute, Budapest) and Muzaffer Senel (Marmara University, Istanbul & Teleki László Institute, Budapest) with a presentation on “An Interdisciplinary Study of the Security Dimensions of Further EU Enlargement: Options for Bilateral Cooperation in Facing Military and Non-military Risks and Challenges. The Interests of a New Member State: Hungary”. After some introductory remarks by Erzsébet Rozsa on (the meaning of) Turkish-Hungarian security relations, EuroMeSCo exchange researcher Muzaffer Senel argued in favour of a strengthening of Turkish-Hungarian security relations and the need to identify common ground for future cooperation vis-à-vis areas such as enlargement, CFSP, ESDP and, most of all, the EMP.

The third presentation by Dr. Ali Tekin (Foreign Policy Institute, Ankara) focused on scenario-building as regards the (non-)adoption of the Constitutional Treaty and further rounds of EU enlargement and their impact on the EU’s foreign policy, as well as on the EMP. As the scenarios were still to be submitted to a selected number of decision-makers, senior officials, academics and think tank researchers in Cairo, Brussels, Warsaw, Prague, Budapest and Bratislava in the framework of semi-structured interviews, Tekin concentrated mainly on providing the audience with an outline of four scenarios and the respective hypotheses.