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Planning 'outer' relations: strategic partnership, neighbourhood policy and their local impact


Judith Miggelbrink, Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (Germany)


During the last decades the European Union has increasingly put effort on building relationships to other states. This has taken place in the name of European security interests. Numerous programmes and projects have been established that aim at strategically influencing various contexts 'outside' the territory of the Union in which the Union seeks to perform (e.g., migration policy, poverty alleviation). Thereby, not only new relations between the inner and the outer sphere of the Union have been built, but programmes and projects have an impact on people and local circumstances.

Presentations are welcome that:

  • focus on the increasing extraterritorial engagement of the European Union and analyse geopolitical discourses on various regional, domestic and transnational scales;
  • take a closer look at various 'old' and 'new' actors (politicians, authorities, administration, citizens, transnational intermediary organizations) that are involved in implementing projects and programmes developed and financed by the European Union in neighbouring countries;
  • compare different strategies of planning and implementing new relationships (e.g., strategies for Eastern Europe, strategies for countries of the South);
  • analyse strategies, concepts and problems of 'extraterritorial engagement' from a theoretical or conceptual perspective.

Read the abstracts

Chair: Judith Miggelbrink

Presentation n. 1
Title: The 'inner' and the 'outer' sphere of the European Union: Policies of making, dividing and entwining geographies
Author(s): Judith Miggelbrink

Presentation n. 2
Title: Role of the Economy of the Southern Italian Regions in the Context of Sustainable Development Planning in the Mediterranean Basin
Author(s): Francesco Citarella, Monica Maglio, Germana Citarella

Presentation n. 3
Title: Euro-Mediterranean energy cooperation and the new geopolitical landscape arising from the "Arab Spring"
Author(s): Luca Ruggiero

Presentation n. 4
Title: Externalisation, external governance, remote control, extraterritorial control, how to grasp the EU's engagement towards its neighbours
Author(s): Bettina Bruns

Presentation n. 5
Title: Local and political reordering of the territory in Portugal from the aggregation of municipalities: economic strategies and local impacts
Author(s): Márcia da Silva

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