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InvigoratEU: Invigorating Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy for a Resilient Europe

2024 - 2026

“How can the EU invigorate its enlargement and neighbourhood policy to enhance Europe’s resilience?"
This project aims to investigate how to reform the EU’s enlargement strategy in a new geopolitical phase, how to respond to other actors’ geopolitical ambitions in the Eastern Neighbourhood and Western Balkans, and how to rebuild the EU’s foreign policy arsenal in view of a new era of military threats (triple “R” approach) combining the modernisation and geopolitical logics of EU enlargement, leading to new data – e.g. a public opinion survey in Ukraine, a set of scenarios, an external influence index (Russia, China, Turkey),and a social policy compliance and cohesion scoreboard.
The second goal is to elaborate an evidence-based, forwardlooking vision for the eu’s political agenda and institutional frameworks for co-designing a multidimensional toolbox (i.e. two tailor-made toolkits), together with InvigoratEU´s Expert Hub, Civil Society (CS) Network, Youth Labs, Workshops for Young Professionals and Policy Debates in a gaming set up, which will result in context-sensitive and actionable policy recommendations for European and national political stakeholders and (young) European citizens in particular.
The third goal is to deploy a CDE (communication, dissemination and exploitation) strategy aiming at recommendations from day 1 to maximize our scientific, policy and societal impact in invigorating the EU´s enlargement and neighbourhood policies to enhance Europe´s resilience.

The project brings together 18 partner institutions, including institutions from Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and the Western Balkans (North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) as well as from EU countries. The IAI is coordinator of the WP6 on “Geopolitical Ambitions of External Actors” together with the Centarza Evropske Politike of Belgrade.

Funding: Horizon Europe