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Building the New Europe

Saturday 15 March, 10am-7pm
D702, Clement House

LSE hosts a meeting on five projects of the wide-ranging One Europe or Several? Research Programme, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, this month (15 March).

Under the theme 'Institutional reform, citizenship and civil society in the enlarged Europe', the meeting will bring together academic researchers and policy experts working on such vital areas as:

  • Institutional reform in the European Union
  • The transformation of institutions in the countries which are expected to join the EU next year
  • Civil and political rights
  • Local and European identities
  • Immigration

The all-day meeting will be centred on three workshops:

Workshop one: Institutional reform in the Enlarged Europe
Main themes comprise the current Constitutional Convention, the democratic working of EU institutions, the role of regions and degree of devolution across European regions, institutional transformation and role of local élites in applicant countries, and democratic practices in eastern Europe.

Workshop two: European citizenship, mobility and migration
Main themes comprise electoral rights, status and rights of third-country nationals, forms of inclusion and exclusion of migrant groups in EU countries, minority groups rights in Eastern European countries, forms of European identity.

Workshop three: A European civil society?
Main themes comprise the nature of a European civil society, the role of civil society organisations in the Charter and Constitutional Conventions; the role of civil society groups in European institutional politics and policy making; minority groups and social mobilisation.

Participation in the meeting is limited and by invitation only, to guarantee informed and in-depth discussion. This is a rare opportunity to gain fresh insights into some of the most urgent issues facing European policy makers.


Media participation during all or part of the meeting will be welcome. Background briefing papers will be available. For further information, contact 

  • Dr Dario Castiglione, senior lecturer in political theory, University of Exeter, on Tel: 01392 263173/ 263164, Fax: 01392 263305, email: d.castiglione@ex.ac.uk 
  • Or Iain Stewart or Lesley Lilley, ESRC External Relations, Tel: 01793 413032/ 413119.

Notes for Editors:

The ESRC is the UK's largest funding agency for research and postgraduate training relating to social and economic issues. It provides independent, high-quality relevant research to business, the public sector and Government. The ESRC invests more than £76 million every year in social science and at any time, is supporting 2,000 researchers in academic institutions and research policy institutes. It also funds postgraduate training within the social sciences, thereby nurturing the researchers of tomorrow. The ESRC website address is http://www.esrc.ac.uk|

11 March 2003