The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on “The Multilateral Diplomacy of the European Union” is an academic hub and a focal point of competence and knowledge on the EU’s multilateral diplomatic activity. It is based on the Department of International & European Economic Studies of Athens University of Economics & Business.
(a) it stimulates academic interest in the EU’s multilateral diplomatic relations and record of activities and
(b) it forges a broader common public space for informed analysis and debate on current EU foreign policy issues.
It puts European studies in a broader context by interacting with other disciplines (especially economics and law) and by developing useful synergies.
The Centre’s activities revolve around three axes:
1. Education: it primarily involves the systematic organization of teaching and training activities focused on the EU as an international actor. Such activities comprise seminars and lectures for under-graduate and post-graduate students; seminars and supervision of diplomatic theses on EU foreign policy; seminars open to members of the civil society; training sessions addressed to professionals, directly or indirectly dealing with EU issues.
2. Research: the Centre will organize an academic research workshop in order to share academic knowledge and cutting-edge research on EU foreign policy activity on a multilateral setting. The Centre will also deliver a data set of EU activities within the UN setting compiling data on oral interventions and voting records of EU member-states in the different fora under the UN aegis. This data set will constitute an invaluable asset for researchers.
3. Dissemination of knowledge: the Centre has a think tank function. This means that it not only supports research on EU studies but also contributes to an informed public dialogue on EU international activities. This is assured via the organization of roundtables pertaining to the EU’s diplomatic multilateral activity. At the same time, the Centre has a series of working papers for young researchers dealing will issues of EU foreign policy interest.