What are your thoughts on Europe? How do you perceive future enlargements? What does it mean to you? How do you feel about a wider EU? 
Join the discussion! 

Within the framework of an EU funded MAXCAP-research project, scholars from Leiden University (LU) in the Netherlands and 8 other institutions across Europe, want to know more about the role of citizens in the future of EU enlargements. Academics and professionals want to gain a better understanding of the process of EU enlargement from the viewpoint of the public, for which they need the help of citizens. 

For this purpose, LU researchers and their partners organize a number of group discussions across the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Bulgaria, Serbia and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. European citizens of all ages, professions and educational backgrounds are welcome to share their perspectives and experience concerning the European Union enlargement, and to take part to the discussions. 

The events will take place in February and March 2014 at various locations, in the capital cities and a couple of small towns. Anyone living nearby is invited to join one of our discussions. These meetings will be held in the native language and led by native speakers. Participants will be offered refreshments during the sessions and a small symbolic reward on their way out. 

LU encourages everyone interested in participation and further details on the exact locations, dates and time of the discussions to contact us: 

Elitsa Kortenska and/or Robin van der Zee 
Leiden University, The Netherlands
Phones: + 31 (0) 70 800 9309 or +31 (0) 70 800 9390

MAXCAP Project Partners: Balkan Civil Society Development Network (Serbia and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Sofia University (Bulgaria), London School of Economics (UK), Free University Berlin (Germany), Sabanci University (Turkey), European University Institute (Italy), Central European University (Hungary), Eidgenössische Hochschule Zürich (Switzerland)

Anyone interested in receiving the newsletters, papers, and updates during the project can register for our mailing list on the website.


Edited by Laura Davidel
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