The European Union is in the process of constant change, challenged not only by domestic processes in Europe, but also facing – more and more intensively – dynamic developments in its neighborhood as well as the new global order that is emerging nowadays. Strengthening position of China, Russia reconstructing its geopolitical position, and weakening Euro-Atlantic ties go alongside instability in Ukraine, Middle East and North Africa. To understand these processes both in academia as well as among European citizens, the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan has designed a new step in a long way of its activities promoting the European integration and teaching about the European Union. Together with being granted by the European Commission Erasmus+ Program the status of Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, our team is starting a new set of actions named as “EU EX/ACT” project – “EU External Actions in the contested global order – (in)coherence, (dis)continuity, resilience”. In the following three years we plan to analyses and explain the European Union’s role in international politics, offering our expertise to a wide audience, including various disciplines students, scholars and practitioners dealing or interested with this thematic field. I would like to address here all the interested individuals and institutions with a warm invitation to join us and to participate in the events we will be implementing. I am looking forward to continue with our European integration debates.
Prof. Tadeusz Wallas
Coordinator of the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland