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1 January 2018 — Kickoff Horizon 2020 Project SEnECA

On 1 January 2018, the project “SEnECA – Strength­ening and Energizing EU-Central Asia Relations”, funded by the European Commission, will be launched by the project coordi­nators Dr. Katrin Böttger, Deputy Director of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), Berlin and Prof. Dr. Michael Kaeding, Professor of European Union politics at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE).

Together with their inter­na­tional consortium, Dr. Böttger and Prof. Kaeding applied to a call of the EU research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 in February 2017. The EU Commission chose SEnECA from a total of 13 project proposals on the topic of “The EU and Central Asia” and signed the grant agreement on 3 October 2017. The funding by the European Commission for the two-year project totals 1.5 mio. Euro.

The aim of the project is threefold: (1) It will establish a network of researchers working on Central Asia in Europe and on European integration in the Central Asian region. (2) It will accompany the revision of the EU-Central Asia Strategy by providing policy recom­men­da­tions for Europe’s future policy towards the region. (3) It will promote the relations between the European Union, its member states and Central Asia. Therefore, in addition to other methods, stake­holders from politics, economics and the cultural sphere of the involved regions will be inter­viewed to analyze the current relations between the regions and make policy recom­men­da­tions to the EU.

In addition to the UDE and the IEP, ten organi­za­tions from the EU and Central Asia are members of the project consortium: the Central Asia Institute for Strategic Studies (CAISS) from Kazakhstan, the Center of Socio­logical Research “Zerkalo” from Tajik­istan, the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (UWED) from Uzbek­istan, the Kyrgyz National University named after Jusup Balasagyn (KNU) from Kyrgyzstan and Ynanch-Vepa from Turkmenistan as well as the French Centre inter­na­tional de formation européenne (CIFE), the Trans European Policy Studies Associ­ation (TEPSA) based in Brussels, the British Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), WiseEuropa from Poland and the Latvian Institute of Inter­na­tional Affairs (LIIA).

Project Team
Dr. Katrin Böttger
Julian Plottka

EU FlaggeThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 770256.