Nowadays, the issues of Europe and its policy, the idea of the European integration, the decision-making in all areas of political and social life at a European level are vital for the future of Europe. From this perspective, the scientific approach of critical issues in European Governance, Pluralism and Trans-nationalisation in Europe, becomes of great importance. The scientific and civil dialogue in academia acquires a wider dimension, since the European issues cover an increasingly wider range of political and social life, such as local economies, justice, public administration, local government institutions and civil society.
In this way, the European academic research is no longer a case related exclusively to the university community and especially researchers of European Studies, but more widely involves societies. The project responds to critical issues that beset the European Union, such as the enlargement of political integration, democratization of European institutions, the strengthening of the concept of the European citizen and European citizenship, and migration.
Therefore, investing in scientific knowledge, skills and abilities and the promotion of excellence in teaching and research in the fields of European Studies, benefits individuals, academic institutions, public organizations and society as a whole by contributing to the growth, employment and social welfare of EU nations.
These issues are the main axes on which the Network’s activities focus. More specifically, due to the major changes that have occurred in recent years in the global economy and the critical questions regarding the European perspective of the EU, actions and Network initiatives will give great emphasis on providing convincing answers with the active participation of young students so that the latter can experience the process of European Integration as well as establish a “bottom up” approach to this process.
The exchange of scientific views on the critical issues of the EU through these actions that attempt to overcome cultural differences, discrimination based on nationality, sex, age, social origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disabilities is a key parameter of the Jean Monnet Network activities aiming at overcoming inequalities.
Furthermore, the transnational cooperation among Universities through the Network promotes common European values, such as democracy, equality and respect for human rights, tolerance of differences and multiculturalism, in order to establish new collective identities in the context of Europe as a common home of European citizens.
These actions are trying to establish an “alliance of knowledge” between academia, business, public administration and civil society to strengthen innovation, competitiveness, employability, interdisciplinarity and exchange of knowledge within the educational and learning process. All actions and initiatives of the Network for the three years period (2017 to 2018) concern the support of a series of academic activities entitled Governance, Pluralism and Trans-Nationalisation in Europe, with an annual thematic- specific agenda.