From 22 to 24 January 2018, the SEnECA Kick-Off meeting took place, hosted by IEP Berlin. This meeting has been the first opportunity for the consortium to come together after the start of the SEnECA project on 1 January 2018. For two days, the 12 Consortium partners met and worked on launching their collaboration to strengthen and energize EU-Central Asia relations. Sylvie Rohana of the European Commission first gave an overview on the Horizon 2020 program.
The partners then presented their work packages, tasks and activities during the project lifetime and discussed the work plan and the cooperation within the project in detail. The partners also met and discussed EU-Central Asia relations with Michael Siebert of the German Federal Foreign Office, Head of the Division on Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus.
The project SEnECA – Strengthening and Energizing EU-Central Asia Relations aims to intensify existing relations between the EU and Central Asia and to create a sustainable network of academics, decision-makers and relevant stakeholders from both regions. The project is funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program and is running for two years (January 2018 – December 2019).
SEnECA has four main objectives: 1) to establish an interdisciplinary network of researchers working on Central Asia in Europe and on European integration in Central Asia, 2) to provide recommendations on the revision of the EU-Central Asia Strategy, 3) to deepen existing relations between both regions and 4) to promote the relevance of Central Asia to European researchers, policy-makers, media and civil society.
During the project period, researchers and relevant stakeholders from Central Asia and Europe will meet seven times in order to work on the SEnECA Agenda for Future Research Cooperation, a Policy Roadmap for EU Central Asian relations, a long-term Central Asia communication strategy and other documents. One of the main outputs will be a publicly accessible Research Database that will provide information on scholars working in and on Central Asia. Furthermore, the SEnECA (travelling) exhibition will depict daily life in Central Asia and bring the region closer to European citizens. Moreover, an Academic Policy Advice Training will train the involved scholars to compose policy papers and to involve decision-makers in the research process. The project will end with a public conference in Brussels where the outcomes and recommendations gathered will be presented.
The Project Consortium consists of: Central Asia Institute for Strategic Studies Latvian Institute of International AffairsUniversität Duisburg-EssenTEPSA The Trans European Policy Studies AssociationCIFE, Centre international de formation européenneRUSI – Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security StudiesWiseEuropaZ-Analytics GroupInstitut fur Europaeische Politik Kyrgyz National UniversityEuropean Commission Ynanch-Vepa
For more information, check out SEnECA website: http://www.seneca-eu.net/
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 770256.