In cooperation with the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) from Brussels, the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) is organizing an online workshop on differentiated integration within the European Union. The workshop is intended for local and regional authorities in Croatia, but also for the general public concerned.

Differentiated integration is becoming a well-known pattern within the European integration process. As the EU grew larger and more heterogeneous, by allowing some members to integrate more deeply while others remained on the side-lines, enabled the political and economic integration of the old continent to continue unhindered.

Differentiated integration has advantages and disadvantages. It can encourage fairer cooperation between Member States in the light of socio-cultural and economic disparities. However, certain tensions can also be generated in this way. Highly integrated Member States may consider that the latter participate only in those aspects which suit them directly; thereby violating the principle of fairness. In addition, differentiated integration could result in the establishment of more lasting divisions between the core and periphery within the EU.

As part of the online workshop, researchers from TEPSA will present the main findings of their projects that have addressed the problem of differentiated integration. During the moderated discussion the following issues will be addressed:

  • Understanding differentiated integration
  • Impact of differentiated integration on the regions
  • Desirability of differentiated integration scenarios (benefits and risks)
  • Impact of differentiated integration

The online workshop will be held in English on Wednesday, June 1st, from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.

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