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EU institutions and policies

Directors: Gianni Bonvicini, Nathalie Tocci
Scientific consultants: Natalino Ronzitti
Senior fellows: Nicoletta Pirozzi
Researchers: Eleonora Poli
Programme & Events assistants:
Elisabetta Farroni , Chiara Rosselli

Studies on the direction and on the aims of the European integration process have always had a central role in IAI's activity. Their importance has increased as a consequence of the radical changes which have recently occurred in the European and international arenas. In particular, IAI has focused its research efforts on the interaction between the evolution of the international system and the internal dynamics of the EU. Numerous studies of successive treaties' revisions, including the recent Lisbon Treaty, have been conducted. Prospective EU institutional reforms remain one of the central research issues, as well as the problems concerning the application of the treaties in force. Moreover, special attention is paid to the development of the enlargement process, to the EU responsibilities in the world (especially in the neighbouring Eastern and Mediterranean neighbouring areas), to the EU's increasing security projection on extra-European areas, and to Italy's role in the EU.

The main sponsors of these studies are the European Union and Compagnia di San Paolo, with which a triennial agreement has been reached.


Projects in progress


Towards a More United and Effective Europe: Beyond the 2014 European Parliament Elections (N.Tocci; E.Poli)

Seminar series “Towards the 2014 European Elections” (G.Bonvicini, N.Pirozzi)
This seminar series focuses on the road leading to the May 2014 European Parliament elections. Public events are preceded by preliminary studies and deal with the challenges and opportunities in four thematic areas: Economy, World, Society and Institutions. The conferences are scheduled to take place in Turin (second semester 2013) and Rome (first semester 2014). Participants include representatives of Italian and European political parties, institutional partners, civil society, and interested citizens. The first seminar on "Towards European Economic and Political Union" was held in Turin on 16-17 October 2013. The second event on a common foreign, security and defence policy of the European Union took place in Turin on November 2013.

  Tepsa Pre-Presidency Conference “The Priorities of the Italian Presidency” (G. Bonvicini, N. Pirozzi)
The Conference will be organised in collaboration with the Tepsa network, Centro Studi sul Federalismo and with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Representation of the European Commission in Italy. The event will take place in Rome on 24-25 March 2014 and will be divided in two general sessions and four roundtables. The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lapo Pistelli, will open the conference. The roundtables will tackle the following issues: Economy and Youth Employment; European defence; Neighbourhood Policy and Immigration in the Mediterranean; Institutional Reforms and the Future European Leadership’s Tasks and Roles. A background paper on priorities and proposal for the upcoming EU Italian Presidency has been drafted by the IAI.

  New Pact for Europe (G. Bonvicini, N. Pirozzi)

The project was launched by the King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium) and is supported by a large transnational consortium of European foundations. Project partners include organisations from across Europe. In a nutshell, the goal of the New Pact for Europe project is (1) to foster a wider public debate on the EU’s future at both European and national level, involving not only policy-makers but also citizens; (2) to contribute fresh but also realistic thinking and ideas on how to address the challenges facing Europe; and (3) to help close widening gaps between Member States and even within EU countries about Europe’s future. In the framework of the project, the IAI will organize three events in Italy in the first semester of 2014: (1) a public panel debate with media, NGOs and interested stakeholders and (2) a closed doors meeting with around 15 policy-makers, policy-shapers, opinion formers in Rome; and (3) a Citizens Advisory Group with a selected group of 25 citizens in Turin in collaboration with Centro Studi sul Federalismo.

  EP votes that shaped EU and national politics 2009-2014 (G. Bonvicini, N. Pirozzi)
The project will be conducted in collaboration with Notre Europe, within the framework of the Vote Watch Europe Annual Report. Twelve European think-tanks are taking part in the project, which aims to evaluate the European Parliament’s (EP) activity during the current legislation (2009-2014), and spread the results to the national public opinion before the next election. The national impact of the fifteen most significative EP votes will be analysed with the direct involvement of national politicians and stakeholders. A case study for each participating country and a national conference for dissemination of the results are planned. A report prepared by IAI in cooperation with Centro Studi sul Federalismo has been presented at a conference held in Turin on 14 April 2014. The project, started in September 2013, will be concluded in June 2014.

New Voices in the European Debate (N.Tocci; E.Poli)
The project (formerly "Escaping the Austerity Trap") engages in dialogue with emerging and re-emerging political actors and social movements in three southern member states (Greece, Spain and Italy). The aim is to discuss and converge on a paradigmatic shift from the austerity trap to a common prosperity project. By moving the terms of reference from austerity – for or against – to shared prosperity, the project would seek to shed the cultural stereotypes that are fuelling Euroscepticsm and intra-European divisions while at the same time developing concrete ideas to jointly exit the crisis, drawing on practical and grassroots experiences already at work across the member states, both north and south. Thus the focus would be on the needed economic, political and institutional reforms rather than on the pros and cons of austerity vs growth policies, and on the European instruments and programmes that can complement national adjustment efforts. In the framework of the project a political seminar took place in Berlin on 7-8 November 2013.

Documenti IAI 1312, Proceedings of the seminar
IAI Working Paper 1333, Paper by T.Dokos et al.

Getting to know the European Parliament: limits and potential (G. Bonvicini)
On the eve of the elections to the European Parliament, the IAI edited a publication that aims to increase public awareness of its largely ignored roles and to discuss its future prospects. The publication is divided into six chapters focussing on the functions of the assembly in Strasbourg: economic governance, foreign and security policy, innovations to the Treaty, the creation of a European political space, relations with national parliaments, and, finally, the behaviour of member states. The volume (Quaderni IAI No. 9) will be presented in a national conference and other events.

The Immigration policy of the European Union (N. Pirozzi, F. Pastore)
This new line of research will be developed in three phases, in cooperation with Centro Studi sul Federalismo. The first two involve the participation of representatives of the two institutes in two national conferences: the first organised by the European Commission representation office in Italy under the programme Politically.EU; the second in a working session of the IAI-Tepsa conference on the priorities of the Italian Presidency. The third stage, again in cooperation with Tepsa, will take place in Brussels during the second half of the year, during the Italian Presidency.



The EU, Regional Conflicts and the Promotion of Regional Cooperation: A Successful Strategy for a Global Challenge? – RegioConf (N.Tocci, E.Poli)

Coercive diplomacy in global governance: the role of sanctions (N. Ronzitti, N. Pirozzi)
The aim of the project is to investigate the elements and the impact of the cooperation between the major international players in the use of coercive diplomacy focusing on the instrument of restrictive measures. The role of sanctions remains crucial in the response of international and regional organizations to crises and conflicts, as demonstrated recently in Iran, Libya and Syria. It is therefore necessary to analyze the scope and impact of their implementation by the European Union (in the framework of its Common Foreign and Security Policy) and the United Nations (under Chapter VII of the UN Charter), in collaboration with the United States and other relevant state actors. In particular, this project addresses the issues connected to the promotion of human rights and democracy, regime change and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The kick-off meeting of the project was held in Rome on the 11th of October 2013 ( Report ).

EU crisis management missions and the role of Italy (N.Pirozzi)
The objective of this research project is to assess the evolution of EU crisis management missions and the participation of Italy. In particular, it aims to evaluate the effectiveness of EU missions, with a special focus on training and recruitment of personnel, as well as the proposals for reforming national and European legislation. In the framework of this project, the IAI, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Sant’Anna School for Advanced Studies has created Nifope - Network Italiano Formazione Peacekeeping ed Emergenze, a network of Italian institutions which strive to facilitate the exchange of information and best practices, as well as the development of joint activities between the institutions concerned. The papers presented at the launching seminar (4-5 November 2009), together with the report of the event, have been collected in the publication L'Italia nelle missioni civili dell'UE. Criticità e prospettive (IAI Quaderni 35).
The IAI will continue its research activities in this sector also in the framework of the Mission Analysis Partnership - Csdp Map, coordinated by ISIS Europe , and in collaboration with the CFSP/CSDP Unit at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The EU-Africa Partnership in the field of security (G.Bonvicini, N.Pirozzi)
In 2009 the Institute started up a research program on the security policies of the African Union and European Union's role in contributing to the growth of African capabilities in crisis prevention and management. The goal is to evaluate the connections between the strengthening of African structures devoted to the maintenance of international peace and security and the European foreign and security policy. This process also involves other international and regional actors (such as the UN and NATO), sub-regional actors (eg sub-regional organizations in Africa, from ECOWAS to IGAD), and non-state actors (local and transnational NGOs, private enterprises, etc.). During 2014, research will focus on the private sector's contribution to the Euro-African Partnership. Since 2011, IAI has been a member of the Observatoire de l'Afrique, a network of European and African institutions dealing with politics and security on the African continent.

See also:

 Promoting stability and development in Africa: How to foster cooperation between public and private sector (N. Pirozzi)



Scholarship in European and international studies (N. Pirozzi)
Since 2012 the Institute offers an opportunity for training and research within its European Programme dedicated to junior researchers in the field of EU and international studies. The activities focus on political and institutional aspects of European integration and are conducted at the IAI in Rome (for three months) and at the Department of Culture, Politics and Society of the University of Turin and at the Centro Studi sul Federalismo in Turin (for six months).

Call 2013

PADEMIA - Erasmus Academic Network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe (N. Pirozzi, G. Bonvicini)
The motivation of PADEMIA is to established a Europe-wide and sustainable network of 56 academics among 31 countries to promote research and teaching in reaction to the growing European demands to study parliamentary democracy in Europe. PADEMIA seeks to enhance discussion among students, junior and senior researchers, also in exchange with stakeholders on how to deal with the new challenges that parliaments and citizens are facing today. Several TEPSA member institutes are partners of the Erasmus Academic Network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe. The project will run from October 2013 on for a duration of 3 years.


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Projects in progress
- EU integration
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Projects concluded
- EU integration
- EU's global role
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Papers & articles


Imagining Europe: Towards a More United and Effective EU

edited by N. Tocci

IAI Research Paper No. 15
June 2014, 220 p.