Project title

Analysis and Promotion of Policy Debate on the European Future of Turkey and Ukraine in Four Central European States

Description

The Peace Institute is currently involved in the implementation of a project ‘Analysis and Promotion of Policy Debate on the European Future of Turkey and Ukraine in Four Central European States’ within a consortium of policy institutes from the following states: Czech Republic (EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy), Hungary (Center for Policy Studies) and Poland (Institute of Public Affairs). The main goal of the project is investigation of the prevailing social attitudes to the question of further enlargement including Turkey and Ukraine and presentation of factors influencing state and character of the debate concerning the enlargement. In light of the recent EU decision to open accession negotiations with Turkey and efforts to offer a European perspective to Ukraine, relations with these countries represent a key question for the future of European integration. While the issue of further enlargement is hotly debated in some older EU countries, the gulf between an elite-driven European policy agenda on the one hand and the public discourse on the other is ever widening in some others. The project is a joint initiative of four policy centres of the Policy Association for an Open Society (PASOS) and runs from 1 April 2005 until 1 April 2006.

The project is intended to meet the following broad objectives.

  1. First, to map the state of current expert and public debates in the four countries so as to identify the prevailing social attitudes on the questions of both the desirability and feasibility of further enlargements to include Turkey and Ukraine in the EU.
  2. Second, to shape the civil society agenda in all four countries by informing the new Europe debate and raising the profile and common voice of independent policy institutes on this issue.
  3. Third, to identify possible opposition to enlargement to Ukraine and Turkey, and assess the relevance and weight of arguments for and against their EU accession in each national debate.
  4. Finally, to address public concerns by presenting the relevant facts on issues such as civilisational and historical differences, financial costs, shift in political balance, "democratic deficit" and human rights concerns.
The comparative aspect of the project will also enable the researchers to assess the possible similarities and differences among the positions of the national policy makers and the public in the four central European states and assess the extent to which they could be relevant for shaping EU policy on these issues, and especially whether there are any particular points by which each of the countries can contribute to the EU-wide debate. The recommendations from a Ukrainian and Turkish partner will constitute important part of comparative base of the project.

Head of the project

Head of the Project: Veronika Bajt, PhD, bajt.veronika@siol.net

Project partners

EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Czech Republic
EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, established in 1998, is a non-profit, non-partisan and independent institute. It focuses on the issues of European integration and on the transformation of political, economic and legal milieu in the Czech Republic. EUROPEUM formulates opinions and offers alternatives to internal reforms in the Czech Republic. Over the past few years, it has evolved into a full-fledged think-tank that undertakes programme, project, publishing and training activities related to the European integration matters. EUROPEUM is also a member of various international networks of policy and research institutes, for instance EPIN (European Policy Institutes Network) or PPCI (Public Policy Centers Initiative).

Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), Hungary
The Center for Policy Studies (CPS) is an academic unit within the Central European University, dedicated to improving the quality of governance in the region by the provision of independent public policy analysis and advice. Among CPS aims is strengthening local capacity for critical policy analysis and pursuing interdisciplinary research and publication carried out with partners from Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. CPS works closely with institutes and researchers from Europe on a wide range of projects, offers an on-line library of policy research papers and documents, and, in partnership with the Open Society Institute, supports an annual fellowship program.  

The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), Poland
The institute of public affairs (IPA) is an independent, non-partisan public policy think tank. The IPA was established in 1995 to support modernisation reforms and to provide a forum for informed debate on social and political issues. It conducts research as well as societal analysis and presents policy recommendations. The IPA aims to: implement projects significant for the public domain; initiate public debates; identify potential threats to the social fabric and anticipate future problems; offer new ideas for policies aimed at solving existing and future problems; act as a bridge between academia, the world of politics, the media and NGOs.

Events

Forum Mirovnega inštituta: Turčija in Ukrajina v Evropski uniji?, 14. november 2005, Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana

Remarks

  Positions of Four Central European States on the Issue of Further EU Enlargement
  Summaries Full Reports
Slovenia Note on the State and Directions of the Slovenian Debate on the Prospects of Turkey and Ukraine's EU Membership (Summary) Analysis of Policy Debate on the European Future of Turkey and Ukraine in Four Central European States - Report on Slovenia
Czech Republic Note on the State and Directions of the Czech Debate on the Prospects of Turkey and Ukraine's EU Membership (Summary) Czech Debate on the EU Membership Perspectives of Turkey and Ukraine
Hungary Note on the State and Directions of the Hungarian Debate on the Prospects of Turkey and Ukraine's EU Membership (Summary) Hungarian Debate on the EU Membership Perspectives of Turkey and Ukraine
Poland Note on the State and Directions of the Polish Debate on the Prospects of Turkey and Ukraine's EU Membership (Summary)