Center for European Neighborhood Studies (CENS)

One of the most important developments or events in the unit's history

In October 2015, CENS celebrated its 10th anniversary. During its first decade, CENS developed as an independent research unit, dividing its resources equally between research and creating a space for critical debate, welcoming scholars, policy-makers, civil society actors and students alike.

The most important development in 2014-15

In 2015, the CENS team decided to redefine its directions of research and activity in order to reflect current changes within the European Union, thus focusing on both Central and Eastern European members of the EU, and on countries in the EU's eastern neighborhood. The study of post-accession conditionality mechanisms also became an important research focus.

CENS partnered with the European Commission (EC) in a project that involved faculty and students from various CEU departments, and whose main result was the EC publication entitled 25 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain. The state of integration of East and West in the European Union, launched in both Brussels and Budapest.

CENS continued to be a highly involved actor in the CEU-wide Frontiers of Democracy Initiative. In 2015, the Center won an International Visegrad Fund project, entitled "Frontiers of Democracy - Embedding Democratic Values in Moldova and Ukraine."

Other important developments in 2014-15

On September 24, 2015, CENS launched the European Commission publication "25 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain. The state of integration of East and West in the European Union," co-authored by CENS and CEU researchers.

Engagement with external entities in 2014-15

CENS established and continued partnerships with the European Commission, the International Visegrad Fund, and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, with whom it cooperated on numerous research projects and events.

Major events in 2014-15

CENS organized seven international conferences, nine roundtables, three lectures, two workshops, six panel discussions, and four ambassadorial lectures. Moreover, the center has been involved in ten big international research projects.

CENS hosted roundtables to discuss important international issues, as a prompt response to significant events and changes taking place in the international system, such as The Juncker Commission and European Institutional Reform on March 5, 2015, and Energy and Security in Ukraine – Implications for Europe and the West on February 17, 2015.

The Center hosted international conferences, bringing together scholars, policy makers, and civil society actors that discussed current events, such as Democracy in East Central Europe before and after EU Integration. A debate about pre- and post-accession conditionality on October 6, 2015, Eastern Partnership and Its Prospects: What can the EU offer to the Eastern neighbors? on May 6, 2015, Russia in global politics – driving values and interests, on April 20, 2015, Drivers of democratization in East Central Europe; 25 years of civil society on November 24, 2014, and Engagement or Containment: EU-Russia Relations in Turbulent Times and the Role of Central Europe on September 25, 2014.