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InvigoratEU: New impulses for an enlarged and resilient Europe


How can the EU, the Eastern Partnership countries and the Western Balkans become more resilient in the context of global and local challenges? The project makes reform proposals for the European Neighbourhood and Enlargement Policy.

The promotion of resilience in Europe is one of the core tenants of the European Security Strategy. Running until the end of 2026, the project "InvigoratEU - Invigorating Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy for a Resilient Europe" explores the question of how the EU can reform its neighbourhood and enlargement policy.

The IEP is the scientific lead in this Horizon Project. The project’s first goal is to investigate how the EU's enlargement strategy can be reformed in a new geopolitical phase. This includes the question of how to respond to the geopolitical ambitions of other actors in the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Western Balkans and how to rebuild the EU's foreign policy arsenal in the face of a new era of military threats. Secondly, the project develops an evidence-based, forward-looking vision for the EU's policy agenda and institutional framework.

Additionally, the project will develop throughout its course context-sensitive and actionable policy recommendations for European and national policy stakeholders and (young) European citizens. This includes conducting a public opinion survey in Ukraine, a series of future scenarios and developing an index on external influences (Russia, China, Turkey). Workshops, youth labs and discussions with civil society actors are also planned as part of the project.

The InvigoratEU Consortium brings together 18 partners from across Europe, the Western Balkans, and the Associated Trio, as well as Ukrainian academics in exile, complemented by nine civil society representatives from the target regions. The project is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Michael Kaeding from the University of Duisburg-Essen. Prof. Dr. Funda Tekin, IEP, holds the project’s scientific lead.

InvigoratEU is funded as a Horizon Project by the European Union.

More information can be found on the official project website:

Prof. Dr. Michael Kaeding, the Chair of European Integration & European Policy at the University of Duisburg-Essen and coordinator of InvigoratEU

Prof. Dr. Funda Tekin, Director of Institute for European Politics and Scientific Lead of InvigoratEU


Duration: 01 January 2024 – 31 December 2026
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