Research

Legality and participation in the democratization process

Through Their Eyes: Perceptions of the EU in the Maghreb and Western Balkans (611484-EPP-1-2019-1-IT-EPPJMO-PROJECT)
This interdisciplinary project focuses on the perceptions of the European Union as a global actor and how these have shifted in the Maghreb and the countries of the Western Balkans, analyzed through the official discourse of political elites, the attitude of the public opinion and the way they are conveyed by mainstream media. The key areas of debate and investigation are: a) the image of the EU as a model of democracy and regional integration; b) perceptions of EU development cooperation policy; c) perceptions of EU migration policy.
The role of the European Union as a global actor is closely linked both to its foreign and security policy and to how it is perceived in the rest of the world. Recent studies have found that it is of paramount importance that the EU be aware of and take into account the perceptions that its partners have of its policies and institutions. This will allow the EU to implement more efficient external policies, communicate a clear vision of its role in a globalized world, and improve its public diplomacy in accordance with its Global Strategy.
The project envisages both research activities focused on the Maghreb and countries of the Western Balkans and the organization of a series of events tailored to different groups (university students, academics, researchers, policymakers, high school students). In particular, the project proposal includes the organization of: a kick-off event (Perugia); two international workshops (Casablanca and Belgrade) and a final roundtable (Brussels); a lecture series (Perugia); three roundtables (Perugia, Messina, Tampere) with policymakers and officials from national and EU institutions; a seminar for high-school students (Perugia).
Partner Universities: University of Perugia, University of Belgrade, University of Castilla-La Mancha, University Hassan II – Casablanca, University of Messina, University of Tampere, University of Tunis, University of Turin, University of Zagreb