For over a dozen years, the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism has organised international annual conferences “Europe of the 21st Century,” dedicated to the challenges facing modern Europe and the issues related to European integration processes. Every year, this international event is attended by scholars from academic and research centres in Poland and abroad, journalists, politicians, local government officials, representatives of social organisations, students and other participants who are interested in the issues of modern Europe. The conferences held at Collegium Polonicum are the greatest and most renowned annual academic event dedicated to European issues in Poland. Three additional discussion panels will be organised within the CoE, as a complementary series of conferences.

The objective of the first panel, “EUROPEAN ABC” (AWARENESS, BILATERALS, COOPERATION) is to discuss activities aimed to increase global social AWARENESS and design a global strategy fostering foreign and security policy of the European Union. The second panel, “EUROPE GOES GLOBAL” will aim to analyse, evaluate and forecast the socio-economic situation of the EU, with particular emphasis given to international initiatives of the EU and its global aspirations to become the “global economic super-power.” The third of the panels will be named “REGIONAL AND TRANSBORDER COOPERATION” and will address several aspects of external relations of the European Union in local and regional dimensions.

  • Macuhin A., Western Balkan states – between neighborhood, partnership and accession to the EU.
  • Osiewicz P., EU–Turkey Accession Negotiations: Towards a Diplomatic Failure?
  • Sabawoon M., Zaangażowanie i aktywności Unii Europejskiej wobec Afganistanu.
  • Tomaszewska P., Tomaszewska S., Win-win? Stan i perspektywy współpracy gospodarczej pomiędzy Unią Europejską a Chińską Republiką Ludową.

Over the period of three years, three additional conference panels will be organised within the framework of this international conference under the auspices of the CoE addressing the following topics:

  • “The EU’s attitude to contemporary international and national security matters” (international terrorism and crime; narcotics, arms and human trafficking);
  • “The EU’s impact on political systems in the 21st century” (liberal democracy in the 21st century, opportunities and threats; non-democratic systems and their future);
  • “Contemporary economic challenges in the non-European area” (economic problems of countries in the Horn of Africa; economic problems of Sub-Saharan Africa; Overseas Countries and Territories – EU relations, EU Arctic Policy).

The conference will be attended especially by scholars who have not yet received Jean Monnet founding or representing institutions that have not yet received Jean Monnet founding.

  • Brańka T., China’s Soft Power in the Arctic – the case of Greenland. Implication for EU.
  • Fiedler R., Belt and Road in Central Asia implication for European Union.
  • Jańczak J., Europe as a Normative Power? Geopolitics and Geostrategies of the EU in its External Relations.
  • Osiewicz P., Iran-EU Relations in the Post-JCPOA Period: Threats and Opportunities.
  • Walkowski M., EU – Chinese economic cooperation in the 21st century. Does Strategic Partnership really exist?

This conference both continues and expands research endeavours of the Department of European Integration Studies at the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism at AMU. It is supposed to provide a platform for the exchange of opinions and views and for the presentation of results of research into external EU activities, in particular into the challenges posed by the implementation of the EU Global Strategy 2016 in the field of foreign policy and security. The conference will aim to analyse the transformation of EU external activities and, in particular, to answer the question of the character and consequences of this transformation.

The idea of the social integration and activation of middle-aged and senior citizens has been developing in Poland since the 1970s. The issue of integrating senior citizens acquired new significance when programme EU documents were designed and implemented with respect to demographic policy, social assistance and integration across generations. The Strategy Europe 2020 also emphasises the need to intensify activities in this area. The Faculty of Political Science and Journalism at AMU has long been striving to cope with this challenge and not without success. The Faculty is a patron of the University of the Third Age operating in Poznań and in several smaller locations in the Wielkopolska region.

The main objective of the two lectures popularizing academic topics will be to present the key goals and tasks the EU is facing within the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). Research issues will be analysed in particular from the angle of ensuring a high level of stabilisation, security and prosperity in Eastern Europe both in the international and local dimensions.

The workshops, offered in the form of seminars, are organised in cooperation with the European Documentation Centre (EDC), established at the Faculty (http://cde.amu.edu.pl/). The aim of the workshops is to develop the ability to search for information online and to use electronic resources (e-resources, e-services, e-tools), which can in particular be used to obtain general competences and skills useful in finding information about various forms of popularising knowledge on the activities supported by EU institutions in non-European countries.

The migration crisis, Brexit, economic problems of PIIGS members of eurozone and separatist tendencies in some European regions have all reinforced anti-EU sentiments and the popularity of political groups voicing radical, demagogical, populist and frequently extremely anti-immigrant postulates. Therefore, it seems both justified and sensible to organise a public debate intended to promote fundamental European values, emphasise the quality of living in a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural Europe, tolerance and European solidarity coupled with the responsibility necessary to ensure these qualities, the advantages of the European social model and the requirements it poses, and the important international role of the EU in resolving the problems of developing countries, especially among young people who are at the stage of forming their perception of a united Europe, its goals, role, mission and tasks.

An all-day-long screening of films, which is an element of the Poznań “Science and Art Festival,” will be dedicated to the relations between Europeans and representatives of different continents. The event will be divided into two sections. Section one will talk about the global role of the Old Continent and section two – about the multicultural character of Europe resulting from the influx of newcomers (refugees/economic migrants) from other parts of the globe. Films about ACP, MENA, SOUTH AND EAST ASIA and LATIN AMERICA will be accompanied by discussions, debates and lectures.

The national Congress of Student Research Groups “YOU in the EU” will be organised for students and PhD candidates from student research groups at different Polish universities. The purpose of the Congress is to present speeches on the main topic of the Centre of Excellence in the three main panels (“The Union of values,” “The Union as a global power” and “The Union closer to people”). The Congress will feature a series of doctoral debates held in the format of round tables, multimedia presentations, public lectures streamed online for everybody interested in the European issues.

This workshop will be organised by the “Refleksje” Academic Periodical of PhD Candidates for the best students of Journalism and Social Communication, and National Security – specialisations offered by the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism, and for students interested in international EU activities from other faculties of AMU and other Poznań universities. The objective of the workshop is to enable participants to publicly present an academic paper on the topic related to the main theme of the CoE. Considerable attention is given to providing training to students and PhD candidates. They are provided guidance on self-presentation, which will be useful in their professional careers, in institutions and organisations dealing with European matters and financed from EU resources.

The National Contest (“The Olympics”) of Knowledge about Poland and Modern World has long been organised with the aim of arousing and developing young peoples’ interest in the socio-political and economic life in Poland, Europe and the world. In order to prepare selected high school students for participation in the Contest, and to disseminate knowledge among other students, it is crucial for their teachers to be well educated in relevant topics. This task will be a priority for the CoE EU EX/ACT project team.