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

 Coordinatore Centre for International Information and Documentation in Barcelona 

 Organization address address: c/ Elisabets 12
city: Barcelona
postcode: 8001

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Jordi
Cognome: Vaquer I Fanés
Email: send email
Telefono: +34 933 026 495
Fax: +34 933 022 118

 Nazionalità Coordinatore Spain [ES]
 Sito del progetto
 Totale costo 1˙509˙217 €
 EC contributo 1˙173˙475 €
 Programma FP7-SSH
Specific Programme "Cooperation": Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities
 Code Call FP7-SSH-2007-1
 Funding Scheme CP-FP
 Anno di inizio 2009
 Periodo (anno-mese-giorno) 2009-01-01   -   2011-12-31


# participant  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    Centre for International Information and Documentation in Barcelona

 Organization address address: c/ Elisabets 12
city: Barcelona
postcode: 8001

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Jordi
Cognome: Vaquer I Fanés
Email: send email
Telefono: +34 933 026 495
Fax: +34 933 022 118

ES (Barcelona) coordinator 336˙040.16

 Organization address address: Sudurgata
postcode: IS 101

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Silja Bara
Cognome: Omarsdottir
Email: send email
Telefono: -5433
Fax: -7004

IS (REYKJAVIK) participant 198˙619.20

 Organization address address: Via Angelo Brunetti 9
city: ROMA
postcode: 186

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Rossella
Cognome: Cazzato
Email: send email
Telefono: -3224327
Fax: -3224330

IT (ROMA) participant 193˙945.52

 Organization address address: TOOM RUUTLI 12-6
postcode: 10130

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Riina
Cognome: Kaljurand
Email: send email
Telefono: +372 6949 340
Fax: +372 6949342

EE (TALLINN) participant 116˙413.13

 Organization address address: VUL PYMONENKA 13a
city: KYIV
postcode: 4050

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Maria
Cognome: Jose
Email: send email
Telefono: 380445000000
Fax: (380-44) 484-4402

UA (KYIV) participant 109˙093.13

 Organization address address: DUMLUPINAR BULVARI 1
city: ANKARA
postcode: 6800

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Atila
Cognome: Eralp
Email: send email
Telefono: -2103831
Fax: -2103877

TR (ANKARA) participant 104˙080.52

 Organization address address: RUE SAINT MARTIN 6
city: RENNES
postcode: 35700

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Patrick
Cognome: Anvroin
Email: send email
Telefono: + 33 (0)2 99 35 40 50
Fax: + 33 (0)2 99 35 09 19

FR (RENNES) participant 70˙292.52

 Organization address address: SEID RUSTAMOV STREET 10 AP 9
city: BAKU
postcode: 10001

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Leila
Cognome: Alieva
Email: send email
Telefono: +994 12 4372730
Fax: +994 12 4372730

AZ (BAKU) participant 44˙990.82


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 Obiettivo del progetto (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.'

Introduzione (Teaser)

New realities like the economic crisis and the Arab Spring are prompting the EU to rethink multilateral cooperation and its neighbourhood policy. More inclusive and engaging relationships with other nations are bound to emerge as a result.

Descrizione progetto (Article)

The EU is an avid proponent of multilateralism, when multiple countries work together on pivotal issues such as security or the economic crisis. One important case of multilateralism is represented by cooperation between the EU and countries around common seas that border Europe, such as the Baltic, Black, Caspian and Mediterranean Seas. EU4SEAS is an EU-funded project that explored multilateralism in countries around these seas.

As the economic crisis changes the face of the world, other multilateral organisations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the United Nations (UN) are playing an increasing role in global affairs. In parallel, as the attractiveness of the EU's single currency wanes due to the crisis, the bloc is rethinking its neighbourhood policy and its enlargement. Under this project it studied all these changing realities to advance sub-regional multilateralism on the EU's fringes with a view to producing better policies in order to engage its neighbours.

To achieve its aims, project partners conducted several seminars on security issues, environment, maritime policy, energy and transport, as well as on the free movement of people, goods and capital. The endeavour involved 400 interviews and visits to 30 countries, which served as a basis for producing papers, policy briefs and valuable insights.

Importantly, EU4SEAS found that the non-homogenous EU policies and strategies have often inadvertently weakened sub-regionalism; the tense dynamics with Russia and the Ukraine is one such example. Issues of tension in trade and energy also exist with north African nations, among others, pointing to a need for improving policies that further multilateralism in a healthy manner.

EU4SEAS could have a profound impact on building constructive, prosperous relationships with its neighbours. It has successfully probed pivotal issues such as enlargement, Europeanisation and interregionalism to shed light on healthy sub-regional multilateralism. Through its seminars, publications and discussions, the project has reached out to all stakeholders including academia, civil society, the media and, of course, policymakers.

This has laid the groundwork for enhanced debate on improving multilateral cooperation, contributing policy insights and recommendations that could change the way the EU interacts with its neighbours. From the global economic crisis and the Arab Spring to new energy pipelines and EU enlargement, policymakers will now be much better informed so as to foster improved multilateral ties. New, more inclusive sub-regional policies will mean more security, stability, trade and understanding than ever before.

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