European Union

Head of Programme: Nicoletta Pirozzi
Scientific consultant: Gianni Bonvicini, Natalino Ronzitti
Researchers: Eleonora Poli, Lorenzo Vai
Programme & Events assistant Elisabetta Farroni

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 Commission and the Compagnia di San Paolo, with which a triennial agreement has been reached.

  • Mercator European Dialogue

    Over the past few years, the debates within and among EU member states on political issues have become more intense and often controversial. Following the Treaty of Lisbon, national parliaments...

    Start/End: 2015 - current
  • New Pact for Europe

    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...

    Start/End: 2013 - current
  • EU60: Re-Founding Europe. The Responsibility to Propose

    In recent years, a series of strategic challenges have shaken the foundations of the EU’s integration project, leading to the emergence of existential threats in the institutional, political and...

    Start/End: 2016 - 2017
  • Governing Europe

    The institutional architecture of the European Union (EU) and the different decision-making procedures regulating European policies pose several questions on the existence of a government for the...

    Start/End: 2015 - 2016
  • EU-28 Watch (former EU-27 Watch)

    The EU-28 Watch - edited by IEP, Berlin - monitored debates on EU policy since 2004 and provided a rich set of material compiling national debates on European policy. It reviewed the discourses on...

    Start/End: 2004 - 2015
  • The future of the European Neighbourhood Policy

    In the framework of the “Citizens’ dialogues” initiative promoted by the European Commission, a series of conferences on the major crises affecting the European neighbourhood were organised by IAI...

    Start/End: 2015 - 2015
  • New Voices in the European Debate

    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...

    Start/End: 2013 - 2014
  • EP votes that shaped EU and national politics 2009-2014

    The project was conducted in collaboration with Notre Europe, within the framework of the Vote Watch Europe Annual Report. Twelve European think-tanks took part in the project, which aimed to...

    Start/End: 2013 - 2014
  • Towards a More United and Effective Europe: Beyond the 2014 European Parliament Elections

    As the unprecedented financial crisis and ensuing economic recession push Europe to the brink, a critical question arises as to what the foreseeable trajectories affecting EU governance and policy...

    Start/End: 2013 - 2014
  • Seminar series "Verso le elezioni europee 2014"

    This seminar series focused on the road leading to the May 2014 European Parliament elections. Public events were preceded by preliminary studies and dealt with the challenges and opportunities in...

    Start/End: 2013 - 2014