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The European Union, the 'Southern Neighbourhood' and Tunisia

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  • Fri 27 May 2016 09.00 - 18.00
  Add to Calendar 2016-05-27 9:00 2016-05-27 18:00 Europe/Paris The European Union, the 'Southern Neighbourhood' and Tunisia

Challenging the notion of Fortress Europe, the BORDERLANDS research project explores the complex and differentiated process by which the European Union (EU) extends its unbundled functional and legal borders, together with its rules and practices, to the countries of the Mediterranean Middle East and North Africa (MENA), thereby transforming the area into borderlands. These borderlands then connect the European core with the periphery through various legal and functional regimes, patterns of governance, and the selective outsourcing of some EU border control duties. This one-day workshop has two major objectives: First, it aims to disseminate and discuss some of the main research findings of the BORDERLANDS project to date. Framed around the central question of how to conceptualise the EU and its policies towards the neighbouring states in North Africa and the Middle East, the analyses will focus on EU-MENA relations in the fields of migration, security, trade, transport, and energy. Within this framework, the two panels will examine the processes by which the EU contributes to the restructuring of the socio-economic and political order in MENA states on the one hand, and assess the response of these states to EU policies on the other. Giving equal weight on the perspectives and strategies of the EU and those of the so-called neighbourhood, the workshop will address the crucial questions of interdependence, power and leverage informing and shaping EU-MENA relations in this context. Second, the workshop aims to focus on the past, present, and the future of the relations between the European Union and Tunisia specifically, by bringing together academics, practitioners and policy-makers at a roundtable discussion. Discussions will focus on the state of play of the ongoing negotiations between the EU and Tunisia, covering the ongoing negotiations on the Mobility Partnership Agreement (Readmission and visa facilitation agreements), the DCFTA, the Open Sky Agreement and the security cooperation arrangements. Particular attention will be given to the EU’s support for the democratic transition process in Tunisia post-2011. The workshop is part of the research project BORDERLANDS: Boundaries, Governance, and Power in the European Union's Relations with North Africa and the Middle East . Funded by the European Research Council, the project is hosted at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, and directed by Prof Raffaella Del Sarto.

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Challenging the notion of Fortress Europe, the BORDERLANDS research project explores the complex and differentiated process by which the European Union (EU) extends its unbundled functional and legal borders, together with its rules and practices, to the countries of the Mediterranean Middle East and North Africa (MENA), thereby transforming the area into borderlands. These borderlands then connect the European core with the periphery through various legal and functional regimes, patterns of governance, and the selective outsourcing of some EU border control duties. This one-day workshop has two major objectives: First, it aims to disseminate and discuss some of the main research findings of the BORDERLANDS project to date. Framed around the central question of how to conceptualise the EU and its policies towards the neighbouring states in North Africa and the Middle East, the analyses will focus on EU-MENA relations in the fields of migration, security, trade, transport, and energy. Within this framework, the two panels will examine the processes by which the EU contributes to the restructuring of the socio-economic and political order in MENA states on the one hand, and assess the response of these states to EU policies on the other. Giving equal weight on the perspectives and strategies of the EU and those of the so-called neighbourhood, the workshop will address the crucial questions of interdependence, power and leverage informing and shaping EU-MENA relations in this context. Second, the workshop aims to focus on the past, present, and the future of the relations between the European Union and Tunisia specifically, by bringing together academics, practitioners and policy-makers at a roundtable discussion. Discussions will focus on the state of play of the ongoing negotiations between the EU and Tunisia, covering the ongoing negotiations on the Mobility Partnership Agreement (Readmission and visa facilitation agreements), the DCFTA, the Open Sky Agreement and the security cooperation arrangements. Particular attention will be given to the EU’s support for the democratic transition process in Tunisia post-2011. The workshop is part of the research project BORDERLANDS: Boundaries, Governance, and Power in the European Union's Relations with North Africa and the Middle East . Funded by the European Research Council, the project is hosted at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, and directed by Prof Raffaella Del Sarto.


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Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

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Workshop

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