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International Conference

The EU as a model of soft power in the Eastern neighbourhood

May 15-17, 2013

  Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Centre for European Studies, Romania

  • Participants from all over the European Union and the eastern neighbouring countries (professors, PhD candidates, post-doc fellows, political and civil society activists, NGO leaders, consultants, policy advocates and many more) are expected.

  • Three days of sharing the latest academic research results, excellent networking opportunities, helping to create links for future cross-border cooperation between EU and non-EU countries (Eastern Partnership states)

  • Establishing dialogue between PEOPLE, exchanging IDEAS and creating a new generation of SPECIALISTS in European integration issues are the main objectives of our conference.

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The international conference The EU as a model of soft power in the Eastern neighbourhood, within the project The EU as regional player. Cooperation and integration in Eastern neighbourhood (EURINT), is generously supported by the European Union under the Jean Monnet Life Long Learning Programme - Key Activity 1. It is an international academic event which addresses all of you, who show a genuine interest in enhancing their research skills in European studies and in contributing to developing a transnational network of contacts and cooperation.

The three day period (May 15-17, 2013) aims to transmit knowledge about the EU international role, particularly in its Eastern neighbourhood, to draw together scholars, popular experts, civil society activists and encourage an exchange of views.


The EU as a model of soft power has a powerful attraction in the world and even a much more influential one in its near abroad. The EU has an interest in promoting its model as a contribution to good governance, democracy, economic prosperity and security, which are essential pre-requisites to and effective regional cooperation framework. It also has a major interest in continuing to preach the merits of sharing sovereignty as a necessary condition to tackling many of today's global problems such as sustainable development, poverty, the environment, transnational crime, and more recently, the economic crisis. Since its inception, the EU has also become the largest trading block and aid provider in the world which gives even more weight to its international role.


The programme is structured around scientific sessions with the aim of providing participants with a comprehensive understanding of the EU's transformative role worldwide and in its near abroad. Each of the sessions will be composed of lectures delivered by international academic experts, which will be followed, after short brakes, by round tables and presentations of participants' recent research. Participants will be encouraged to take the floor with speakers and challenge them with their own views and reflections of the topic in a much more interactive way. This is your chance to present a topic that interests you and to take the role of speaker or moderator.

The purpose of this event is to provide a proper context for mutual dialogue, joint knowledge and a better understanding of the challenges the EU faces when acting within and outside its boundaries. In this line, the project seeks to bring participants together under a common roof, where European values are widely shared and diffused beyond the national differences that characterise us. This common approach will build stronger and more effective future partnerships and cooperation opportunities. In this regard, we want to lay the foundations of a strong network of young researchers and specialists who will make positive changes in the future both the EU integration project and the Eastern Partnership region.


Till now have confirmed their presence the following European experts:

o Mitchell BELFER, Head of Department International Relations & European Studies Metropolitan University Prague, Czech Republic;
o Erhard BUSEK, Professor, University of Vienna, Coordinator of the South-Eastern Cooperative Initiative (SECI) and Chairman of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe;
o Laure DELCOUR, Senior Research Fellow (Research Director), Institute of International and Strategic Relations, Paris; Directorate of European Affairs, French National School of Administration
o Adelaide DUARTE, Professor, University of Coimbra, Portugal;
o Adam EBERHARDT, Deputy Director of the Centre for Eastern Studies, Warsaw, Poland;
o Gabor HUNYA, Senior Economist, Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, Austria;
o Masoud IMANI KALESAR, PhD, Visiting Fellow at the European Union Institute for Security Studies, Paris, France and journalist at Euronews;
o Kaloyan KOLEV, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Economics, Varna, Bulgaria;
o Elena KOROSTELEVA, Professor of International Politics, Director of Graduate Studies, School of Politics and IR, Rutherford College, University of Kent, United Kingdom;
o Hrant KOSTANYAN, Associate research fellow at Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels, Belgium;
o Inna MELNYKOVSKA, Research Fellow at the Institute of Political Science (International Integration), Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany;
o Tiiu PAAS, Professor, University of Tartu, Estonia;
o Giles POLGLASE, Professor, University of Kent, United Kingdom.


The venue for the International Conference The EU as a model of soft power in the Eastern neighbourhood, May 15-17, 2013, will be the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for European Studies (http://www.cse.uaic.ro/), Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania (www.uaic.ro).

Address: Centre for European Studies, Bulevardul Carol I, nr. 19, Iasi - 700507, Romania



Ramona Frunză - Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania  (e-mail: eurint2013@gmail.com)



Jean Monnet European Documentation Centre - Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi


1. Dates & Deadlines:
- Online registration and submission of abstracts: March 3, 2013
- Notification of acceptance or rejection: March 8, 2013
- Full paper submission: April 22, 2013

2. Registration fee: 75 EURO per participant (max. 2 papers per participant as author or co-author). The fee covers maps, meals, conference materials for each participant which attend the conference. Registration is effective after full receipt of payment. The submitter must be (one of) the presenting author(s). All future correspondence will in fact be sent to the submitter

3. Paper Submission:

4. Application Online


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