Project Description

The project SEnECA – Strengthening and Energizing EU-Central Asia Relations aims to intensify existing relations between the EU and Central Asia and to create a sustainable network of academics, decision-makers and relevant stakeholders from both regions. The project is funded with about 1.5 million Euros under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme and is running for two years (January 2018 – December 2019). SEnECA has four main objectives: 1) to establish an interdisciplinary network of researchers working on Central Asia in Europe and on European integration in Central Asia, 2) to provide recommendations on the revision of the EU-Central Asia Strategy, 3) to deepen existing relations between both regions and 4) to promote the relevance of Central Asia to European researchers, policy-makers, media and civil society.

Project Acronym: SEnECA

Project Title: Strengthening and Energizing EU-Central Asia relations

Project Funder: European Coommission (in the framework of Horizon2020)

Project Funding: 1,5 mio. €

Starting Date: 01.01.2018

Project Duration: 24 months

Main Objective: Strengthen and energize EU-Central Asia relations by establishing a sustainable transdisciplinary network of researchers and stakeholders

The project consortium consists of 12 partner institutions from Central Asia and Europe. The institutions in Central Asia include the Institute for Strategic Studies (Kazakhstan), the Center of Sociological Research “Zerkalo” (Tajikistan), the Kyrgyz National University (Kyrgyzstan), the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (Uzbekistan) and the non-profit organization Ynanch-Vepa (Turkmenistan). Partners on the European side are located at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany), the Institut für Europäische Politik (Germany), the Centre international de formation européenne (France), the Trans European Policy Studies Association (Belgium), the Royal United Services Institute (United Kingdom), the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (Latvia) and the think tank WiseEuropa (Poland). Prof. Michael Kaeding, Jean Monnet Professor for European Politics at the University of Duisburg-Essen and Dr. Katrin Böttger, Deputy Director of the Institut für Europäische Politik, are leading the consortium.

During the project period, researchers and relevant stakeholders from Central Asia and Europe will meet seven times in order to work on the SEnECA Agenda for Future Research Cooperation, a Policy Roadmap for EU Central Asian relations, a long-term Central Asia communication strategy and other documents. One of the main outputs will be a publicly accessible Research Database that will provide information on scholars working in and on Central Asia. Furthermore, the SEnECA (travelling) exhibition will depict daily life in Central Asia and bring the region closer to European citizens. Moreover, an Academic Policy Advice Training will train the involved scholars to compose policy papers and to involve decision-makers in the research process. The project will end with a public conference in Brussels where the outcomes and recommendations gathered will be presented.