Issue No. 11

This issue of the EU-28 Watch aims at enhanc­ing cit­i­zens’ under­stand­ing of the East­ern Neigh­bour­hood and Rus­si­a’s pol­i­cy and fil­ter­ing com­mon con­cerns and inter­ests at the East­ern bor­der of the EU. It cov­ers two main areas of ques­tions, first­ly the East­ern Neigh­bours and Rus­sia and sec­ond­ly ques­tions of EU enlarge­ment. There­fore it strong­ly relates to the Ukraine cri­sis that has been devel­op­ing since 2013 but also con­nects to the cri­sis in Syr­ia and more recent­ly to the refugee cri­sis the EU is fac­ing. IEP joined forces with TEPSA once again this year in order to pub­lish EU-28 Watch No. 11. This pub­li­ca­tion is part of the Europe for Cit­i­zens project East­ern Neigh­bours and Rus­sia: Close links with EU Cit­i­zens (ENURC).

The EU-28 Watch No. 11 receives sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing from the Otto Wolff-Foun­da­tion, Cologne, in the frame­work of the ‘Dia­log Europa der Otto Wolff-Stiftung’, and finan­cial sup­port from the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, in the frame­work of the Europe for Cit­i­zens project “East­ern Neigh­bours and Rus­sia: Close links with EU cit­i­zens — ENURC”. The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion is not respon­si­ble for any use that may be made of the infor­ma­tion con­tained therein.

This EU-28 Watch is part of the a project called ‘East­ern Neigh­bours and Rus­sia: Close links with EU cit­i­zens’ (ENURC) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with TEPSA (Trans Euro­pean Pol­i­cy Stud­ies Asso­ci­a­tion). The project focus­es on devel­op­ing EU cit­i­zens’ under­stand­ing of the top­ic of the East­ern Neigh­bour­hood and Rus­sia and aims at encour­ag­ing their inter­est and involve­ment in this pol­i­cy which has an impact on their dai­ly lives.

The EU-28 Watch project is map­ping out the dis­cours­es on these issues in Euro­pean poli­cies all over Europe. Research insti­tutes from all 28 mem­ber states are invit­ed to give overviews on the dis­cours­es in their respec­tive countries.

This sur­vey was con­duct­ed on the basis of a ques­tion­naire that has been elab­o­rat­ed in March 2015. Most of the reports were deliv­ered in June 2015. This issue and all pre­vi­ous issues are avail­able on the recent­ly relaunched EU-28 Watch web­site: www.eu-28watch.org.

The EU-28 Watch No. 11 receives sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing from the Otto Wolff-Foun­da­tion, Cologne, in the frame­work of the ‘Dia­log Europa der Otto Wolff-Stiftung’, and finan­cial sup­port from the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion. The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion is not respon­si­ble for any use that may be made of the infor­ma­tion con­tained therein.