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Legal Assessment of the Methods of Eastern Partnership Countries in Raising the Competitiveness and Institutional Capacity Based on EU Policies and Legal Framework
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The envisaged project aims to raise awareness of EaP academic circles, legal professionals and post-graduate students. The capacity of the contributors to the project is clearly based on their previous academic research, implemented, pending and applied development aid projects in EaP countries (such as Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine). Furthermore, the team members of the project have developed cooperation schemes with several EaP universities and public offices (Caucasus University and Tbilisi State University in Georgia, Kyiv University in Ukraine, Public Administration Academy of Moldova; Data Protection Inspectorate of Georgia, Moldovan Competition Council). One of the assets is the fact that the members, including the leader of the project (prof Kerikmäe), are also fluent in Russian, which makes it easier to communicate with the decision makers in target countries. The project leader is also supervising doctoral dissertations of young scholars in the field of EU integration, some of them from the EaP countries. The project focuses on the changes and challenges of the political situation within Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries, especially on internal political changes, and how these factors may affect the process of Europeanisation in EaP countries. The current proposal aims to investigate the adjustment of the EU EaP countries' legal systems to the EU influenced legal setting. The framework of integration theory needs to be revised due to the lack of balanced European policy in EaP countries and taking into account the changing identity of European Union.The EU has selected range of countries as the target of its neighborhood policy because of their potential in closer integration to EU. Academic activities and awareness events proposed by the project would identify the current problems caused by realpolitik and lead to better knowledge and certainty concerning sustainable implementation of EU strategies.
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