With support from European Union, Jean Monnet Atlantic Network 2.0 gains third version
FGV’s International Intelligence Unit (FGV NPII) has been authorized to conduct another project financed by the European Union as part of the Erasmus+ program. The Jean Monnet Atlantic Network 2.0 will build on a network created in 2012 through the Atlantic Future project, coordinated by the Center for International Information and Documentation (CIDOB) in Barcelona, Spain. Based on the experience it gained in this initiative, FGV NPII led the second project, the Jean Monnet Network on Atlantic Studies, from 2016 to 2019. In February of this year, FGV NPII submitted a new proposal to continue this work, and once again it was approved by the EU to run the third version of the Jean Monnet network for Atlantic studies.
Among the activities supported by the EU through the Erasmus+ program, the creation of networks is promoted the most, given that this is a way to bridge different sectors and areas of study, pooling the efforts of prominent international centers to promote European studies and contribute to the European integration process across the world.
The Atlantic Network 2.0 is the result of a partnership between six institutions, aimed at maximizing the benefits of collaborative research. Through intense communication and in a multidisciplinary way, the idea is to generate new knowledge, based partly on previous analyses, about the evolution of the Atlantic dynamic and its meaning for the EU and other players, regarding three chosen themes: energy, sustainability and trade; the economy and inequality; and human security.
The institutions that make up the Jean Monnet network are important centers in their respective regions, conducting significant EU-related studies. Many have Jean Monnet professors and all of them have already contributed to studies related to Atlantic issues and the EU’s role as a major actor for the region. In addition to FGV NPII, the project’s coordinator, the other members are NOVA Lisbon University in Portugal, the Center for International Information and Documentation (CIDOB) in Barcelona, Spain, the Economics Research and Teaching Center (CIDE) in Mexico, the Policy Center for the New South (PCNS) in Morocco, and the Free University of Brussels in Belgium, through its European Studies Institute.
The network’s collaborative program aims to strengthen each member institution’s perceptions of the EU’s role in the Atlantic space and stimulate comparative knowledge about the different subjects explored. The activities will take place over the next 36 months and there will be a meeting at each of the partner institutions to discuss the proposed topics. The network plans to involve actors on all Atlantic continents, engaging representatives of civil society, policymakers, students, academics and young researchers in regard to the chosen interdisciplinary topics, which are considered essential for a greater understanding of the EU’s role in the world.
In this context, Francine Thays Martin, an international analyst at FGV NPII, was invited by the European Commission’s Executive Agency to participate in the meeting of Jean Monnet project coordinators held on November 18 in Brussels. This event allowed coordinators to interact with the Executive Agency’s team and project beneficiaries to construct new partnerships. During this event, the 30th anniversary of Jean Monnet activities was marked with a conference on “EU studies in the digital age.” This conference highlighted the challenges of the digital era in the field of education and how EU studies have been affected. This subject was selected because it is one of the main priorities of the new EU commission that is supporting the development of digital skills through education.