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EU-CONSENT is a network of excellence for joint research and education that analyses the construction of a new Europe over the period between 2005 and 2008.

It addresses the question of the mutually reinforcing effects of deepening and widening by developing and working with three sets of expectations concerning past and future integration of Europe.

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Within this conceptual framework, 25 teams draw from past experience and its academic and political validity in order to discuss visions and scenarios for the future. The leitmotiv running through the project is that the Union is in a process of reinvention - a development which is however difficult to grasp and explain. The common framework includes integrating activities (conferences, workshops and activities), common research (EU-25 Watch, WEBCONSENT), teaching (traditional courses, virtual study units on EU deepening and widening, a PhD Centre of Excellence and internships for young researchers) and dissemination activities (public events and common publications). Research and activity results flow into common databases such as the E-Library, a multilingual glossary on EU deepening and widening, bibliographies and core curricula, which are all available on the CONSENT-WEB. It also provides yardsticks for observing the progress made by the entire project.

The open character of the network, which aims to be a "network of networks", together with the inclusion of young researchers into the network, respect of gender equality and concern for sustainability, are the core principles of EU-CONSENT. Its management is based on a consolidated structure, following a decentralised approach. As an academic and policy-oriented network, EU-CONSENT is closely linked to decision-makers at EU and national levels as well as to civil society.

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