Between September 2016 and August 2019, the Luiss School of Government has been home of the highly prestigious Jean Monnet Center “Centrifugal Europe and the Challenge of Integration”, led by Professor Sergio Fabbrini, then director of the institution.
Over the three years, the Center has been extremely activities in the field of teaching, research and civil society engagement at the local, national and European level. As anticipated at the moment of the application, the Jean Monnet Centre started from the idea that the legitimacy of the European integration project has historically rested on its ability to face challenges brought about by globalization through a combination of deepening processes of economic and political integration at the domestic level and the pro-active shaping of governance mechanisms at the international level. Still, over the last years, extensive crises of various kinds have been challenging the EU capacity to manage the delicate balance, leading to the emergence of new political, economic, social, and cultural cleavages. These have led to powerful centrifugal political forces whose impact was evident throughout the lifetime of the Center such as Brexit and other similar developments. While political crises are not new to the EU, the simultaneity, intensity, and systemic character of these crosscutting crises have engendered patterns of fragmentation that have been calling several times into question the very foundations of the European political enterprise.
The Jean Monnet Center of Excellence developed and consolidated its activities in 2017 and 2018, two pivotal years connected to the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome establishing the European Economic Community in 1957, the Jean Monnet Centre has developed a set of combined research, teaching and dissemination activities, inclusive of public events, post-graduate courses, engagement with high schools and research activities whose impact has gone towards civil society as a whole.
Luiss School of Government has decided to keep this repository of information due to the importance of the activities undertaken by the Jean Monnet Centre in its three years, as a basis for the continuous interest of the institutions for research and academic activities exploring the challenges faced by the European Union over the recent years.
The overall activities of the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence “Centrifugal Europe and the Challenge of Integration" were funded through Contract Number: 574597-EPP-1-2016-1-IT-EPPJMO-CoE funded by the European Commission through its Erasmus + program. All of its activities have not been considered an endorsement by the European Commission but represent the views of the authors. Therefore, the European Commission cannot be considered in any case responsible for the information contained.