About Summer School
The European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) is an instrument of the European Union (EU) employed to reinforce relations with neighboring countries to the East and to the South. The ENP aims to promote prosperity, stability and security amongst the EU countries and their neighbors. The increasing number of challenges on the Eastern and Southern borders of the EU call for tighter cooperation between the Member States of the EU and its neighbors as well as other international partners. The ENP takes international relations beyond the standard cooperation or trade agreements and offers a closer political association and deeper economic integration and development. Moreover, it provides humanitarian assistance in regions that require building on common interests and values, such as democracy, the rule of law, respect for human rights, and social cohesion. The ENP is a key part of the EU’s foreign policy. How does it work? How are policies developed and introduced in the EU? What are the outcomes of ENP? And finally, what are the prospects of the EU for the future? These are the questions that the participants of our Summer School will be able to answer, once they complete the course.
7th - 19th August, 2016
Profile of Participant
A new generation of young leaders is emerging in Europe. They will take the lead in the future and they are the ones that can deliver the messages of the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) to the wider European community. The ENP applies not only the politicians involved in its implementation, but also to young people all over Europe and beyond. This idea inspired the focus of our Summer School and guided the creation of the program. The school is open to all students who hold Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degrees and have an interest in European Integration and the relationship of the European Union with its immediate neighbors.
Program of Study
The workshop will help participants to get to know each other and work more effectively as a team. Additionally, a crash-course in Polish language will help them to get around during their stay in Poland.
2. International and Cross-Cultural Communication
The workshop focuses on developing cultural sensitivity and effective cross-cultural communication skills. These competencies are crucial for any professional working in the field of international relations.
3. Institutional Framework and Foreign Policy of European Union
The module focuses on the institutional framework of the European Union, including the European Commission, the Council, the Parliament and the European External Action Service (EEAS). These institutions are the main actors that influence foreign relations of the European Union. The module will also introduce the mechanisms of European Foreign Policy, especially the European Neighborhood Policy. Additionally, the module will address different approaches that EU applies to its partners, ranging from soft power to coercive actions.
4. Current Challenges Facing European Neighborhood Policy in East and South (6hrs)
The module addresses the current issues in the European Neighborhood, including the conflict in Ukraine, the war in Syria, increased migration, the need for humanitarian assistance in neighboring states, and the refugee relocation scheme currently being implemented by the European Union. The module will also address the involvement of the United States and Russia in the conflicts affecting the European Neighborhood.
5. Study Visit to Frontex
Frontex is a European Union Agency that promotes, coordinates and develops European border management in line with the EU's fundamental charter of rights, based on the concept of Integrated Border Management. To learn about its operation, participants of the Summer School will visit Frontex Headquarters located in Warsaw.
6. Weekend Trip
Students will travel to Gdańsk and Sopot on the Baltic Sea, where they will visit the European Solidarity Centre and learn more about Polish history and culture. Since Sopot is a popular seaside resort, with beautiful sandy beaches, students will be able to make the most of their summer weekend get-away.
7. European Union and Syrian Crisis
The module examines recent developments in Syria, from the perspective of the central institutions of the EU and individual Member States. The module also looks at the instruments that have been used by the EU so far and at the possible future steps that the EU may undertake in relation to the Assad regime and ISIS.
8. European Union, Ukraine and Russia: Between High Hopes and Rising Woes
The module focuses on the relationship between the EU, Ukraine and Russia, in the light of the ongoing conflict in the Donbass Region and Crimea. The course examines the recent developments in Ukraine and their impact on the EU's policy towards Ukraine and other countries in the region. The module also addresses issues related to the EU's Energy Security in relation to the current developments in Eastern Europe.
9. European Union and Southern Caucasus
The module looks at the role of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Eastern Partnership. It examines conflicts in South Ossetia and Nagorno Karabakh, the evolution of democratic tendencies in the area and the economic development of the region, from the perspective of the European Foreign Policy.
10. Summary and Celebration
During the final meeting we will celebrate the newly made friendships and the successful completion the Summer School.