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The Malta European Studies Association (MESA) in conjunction with the European Documentation and Research Centre (EDRC), University of Malta was awarded a subsidy from the European Commission for setting up a Regional and Transnational Research Group.  The duration of the project was for two years from 15th December 2002 to 31st December 2004.


The Project studied the process of regional integration in and between the EU, and the Mediterranean in the context of EU Enlargement, the Future of Europe, the creation of the EU-MED Free Trade Area, and the objectives of security, stability and sustainability.

The research group decided to style itself the “EU-Med Transnational and Regional Research Network”. Its core was composed of a mix of senior researchers including a number of Jean Monnet Professors and young researchers. The Project co-ordinator was the Malta European Studies Association (which operates for these purposes through the European and Documentation and  Research Centre of the University of Malta) and the EDRC itself. A consortium of National ECSAs and Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence was formed.

List of Consortium Partners and Participants

The group worked on EU-Med adoption of the Acquis. It has produced five volumes of studies for wide dissemination via CD ROM and via all ECSAs.  This project widened the focus of the group to cover the wider impact of Enlargement and Regional Integration – both North-South and South-South.

Against the background of the focal themes of the Project as set out above, the researchers focused on key policy areas by reference to most of the following:

    * Enlargement of the Single Market to the Mediterranean region
    * The EU-Med Single Market Concept
    * The Search for a Political Economy Model for EU-Med Integration
    * The Contribution of the Mediterranean to the formulation of EU Policy-making and Policies
    * Constitutional Issues in the EU and the Mediterranean
    * EU Public Policy Issues
    * Institution-Building in and through the Euro-Med Partnership Process
    * Immigration Policy
    * Democratisation including Minority Rights
    * Social Policy
    * Regional Policy
    * CESDP
    * Regulatory Issues
    * Economic and Industrial Restructuring
    * Trade Policy
    * The Euro-Med Agreements as a tool for Integration
    * Monetary Issues and relations
    * Competition Law, Intellectual Property, and Company Law
    * Looking Forward beyond Enlargement to the Future shape of the Euro-Med Partnership
    * Suggested reforms in the Euro-Med Partnership and MEDA  Environmental Policy and the Sustainable Development Plan
    * Civil Society, Gender, Language, Culture, Education

Other issues that were also addressed included the implications of the many new and foreseen developments in the Union Acquis, the Euro-Med Acquis included, in the context of Enlargement, and even the Future of Europe. Moreover, The shifting geo-political, geo-economic and legal scenarios on the variegation or otherwise of EU-Med and Med-Med relations were and still are of primary concern.

The background work done by many participants on the phenomenon of ‘reception’ of the acquis under past scenarios offered an excellent springboard to analyse the impact of the forces at work in the present contexts. A systematic approach focusing on the main theme and sub-themes set out above is intended to lead to a coherent picture of the interplay also of the various forces at work and will enable us and policy-makers to come to conclusions regarding the potential of a developing Acquis to work as a force for heightened (to an unprecedented degree) stability, prosperity and democracy in the Euro-Mediterranean Region.


1. The Mediterranean's European Challenge - Vol I
2. The Mediterranean's European Challenge - Vol II
3. Euro-Mediterranean Integration - The Mediterranean's European Challenge - Vol III
4. Euro-Med Integration and the 'Ring of Friends' - The Mediterranean's European Challenge - Vol IV
5. The European Union and the Mediterranean – The Mediterranean’s European Challenge – Vol. V

Peter G. Xuereb (Professor)
Project Co-ordinator
Professor of European and Comparative Law
Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law and European Integration
President, Malta European Studies Association
Chairman, European Documentation and Research Centre, University of Malta.
EU-Turkey deal and the impact on refugee children
Professor Michelle Pace will present her contribution in a book entitled Syrian Refugee Children in the Middle East and Europe: Integrating the Young and Exiled. Professor Pace, together with Somdeep Sen is a co-editor of this publication which will be published in March 2018

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