Research Project

Horizon 2020: Integrating Diversity in the European Union

The challenge of Integrating Diversity in the European Union, InDivEU, is back on the EU agenda as it strives to forge a post-crisis future, respond to Brexit and reach out to European citizens. Europe’s Union has been under assault from populist political entrepreneurs who have mobilised distrust of and opposition to the EU. Hence the urgency of building the next phase on solid foundations. Differentiated integration (DI) is a compelling issue in deliberations on the Future of Europe.

InDivEU has built a consortium of some of Europe’s premier research universities and outstanding scholars of DI to address the challenges facing the EU and commits to supplying robust evidence to support policy.

The aim of this project is to create a comprehensive knowledge base on DI of relevance to Europe’s policy makers. This work will have a direct impact on the work of the European Parliament, the Commission, prime ministers' offices, European Affairs Committees and numerous civil society nodes.

The project aims to establish the normative criteria for a fair system of DI and to critically analyse the constitutional and institutional architecture of DI. InDivEU will complete two unique data bases, EUDIFF 1 & 2, on the uses of DI and two data sets on public opinion and flexible implementation. This is complemented by zooming in on key policy fields and on EU relations with its neighbours. InDivEU includes thorough analysis of the DI preferences of citizens, parties and governments. 

For details please click here for the programme description.

Project goals

  • producing a comprehensive reappraisal and re-assessment of differentiated integration
  • developing and testing a range of models and scenarios, based on a catalogue of design principles, for the future use of differentiated integration
  • creating a DI Manual to support policy makers in designing future differentiated integration solutions;
  • evaluating existing policy proposals for DI and draft proposals for differentiated integration and other forms of flexibility as an input into the European debate based on four InDivEU unique data sets, tool kits and scenarios. 

Academic network

  • European University Institute (Italy)
  • ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
  • Hertie School of Governance (Germany)
  • Liechtenstein-Institut (Liechtenstein)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom)
  • Masarykova univerzita (Czech Republic)
  • Sabanci Universitesi (Turkey)
  • Trans European Policy Studies Association (Belgium)
  • University of Aberdeen (United Kingdom)
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Sveučilište Jurja Dobrile u Puli (Croatia)
  • Universiteit Utrecht (Netherlands)
  • Uniwersytet Warszawski (Poland)
  • Stichting VU (Netherlands)

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