NIECE - Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence

NIECE - Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence


NIECE – New Ideas for Europeanisation from Central Europe

The project aims to map, analyze and promote understanding of the changing approach to the European integration in Central Europe.

Academic research has identified only limited impact of the EU membership on core socio-economic patterns of individual EU countries. CE countries play critical role in this process as they oppose several core new EU initiatives (e.g. EU framework for migration) and some of them are undergoing a radical transformation of their political structures. More than ten years after their accession to the EU, CE countries also seem to be significantly more assertive in the EU affairs and more ready to ignore domestic implementation of unpopular EU`s initiatives. At the EU level, there seems to be only a limited academic and political reflection of this trend and the decision-making process at the EU level tends to suffer from lack of in-depth communication concerning core and sustainable principles of the EU integration.

Our Jean Monnet Centre aims identify and provide detailed research of the abovementioned trends in politics, policy and polity in the CE states and to provide a platform for communication between policy-makers and academia.

Organised within six packages (Politics, institutions and rule of law, Ideas, culture and images, Economics and cohesion, (In)Security and risks, Dissemination and Administration), a conference, seminars and other events will be organized mapping perception of the European integration in Central European states. Further, a broader conference on general position of Central Europe in the post-Brexit EU will be organised. Integral part of NIECE’s activities will be teaching and research focused on changing behaviour of the CE states in the EU.

Apart from promoting excellence in research and teaching in EU studies, another important ambition of the Centre is to significantly contribute to the dialogue between the academic sphere, policy-makers and practitioners, and civil society.

NIECE relies on a significant institutional and personal continuity - Three Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence projects have already been successfully implemented by the applicant’s team which includes two Jean Monnet Chairs – and a long tradition of international co-operation with academic institutions both withinh and outside the EU.

Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence NIECE is led by Professor Ivo Šlosarčík, Jean Monnet Chair in European Law.


Events and project activities

Conferences and worshops


Table society „Europe“ (Stolní společnost Evropa)


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