On 1-2 June 2022, “Lowering the Bar” Project Leader Dr. Anne Pintsch and Post-Doc Dr. Maryna Rabinovych participated in the Interdisciplinary Trans-Nordic Conference on European Differentiated Integration at the University of Agder (UiA). Conducted under the auspices of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence “Laboratories of Differentiated Integration in the post-Brexit Europe” at the UiA, the conference brought together scholars working on European integration across the Nordic countries from various disciplinary perspectives as well as practitioners. Given Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine, the EU’s efforts to redefine its future relations with Eastern Neighbours were actively debated by conference participants.
In terms of the conference, Dr. Anne Pintsch and Dr. Maryna Rabinovych presented two draft co-authored papers, tentatively titled “From the 2014 Annexation of Crimea to the 2022 Russia-Ukraine War: Association, Resilience and Socialization in the EU-Ukraine Relations between the Critical Junctures” and “Sustainable Development: A Common Denominator for the EU’s Policy towards the Eastern Partnership?”. The Power point presentations are available below.
In addition to the paper presentations, project leader Anne Pintsch chaired an Ambassadors’ Panel on “The War in Ukraine and European Integration – An Eastern Perspective”. The panel participants included Cristian Bădescu, Ambassador of Romania to Norway; Wolfgang Behrendt, Deputy Head of the European Union Delegation to Norway; Eszter Sándorfi, Ambassador of Hungary to Norway and Iwona Woicka-Żuławska, Ambassador of Poland to Norway.