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Redefining Regions in Europe
Kick-Off Conference REGIOPARL
04.02.2019
From 23rd to 24th of January, the third “Krems Annual Conference on European Democracy” took place. The Conference was intended to be the kick-off conference to our research project "Regional Parliaments Lab (REGIOPARL)". Our aim was to broaden the field of knowledge on definitions of regions.

“The boundary is not a spatial fact with sociological consequences, but a sociological fact that  forms itself spatially.”
 

Most of the time, regions lack attention in the shadow of their big “parents”, the nations, when it comes to EU policy. Nevertheless, debates and discourses on regions seem to heat up regularly, when they strive for independence. What is the threshold  from autonomous region to independent nation, and why is the latter an upcoming request in contemporary Europe?

The case of the Scottish referendum 2016, the blockade of Wallonia against CETA 2016, and the Catalonian crisis in 2017 are only  three recent examples for the regions’ unclarified role in the current EU. Closely linked  to the political role of regions is the question of their (inner and outer) borders, not only evoked by the last major political changes in Europe e.g. the fall of the iron curtain or the  Yugoslavian  war. 

 

Who  or  what  defines  a  region?  What  relations  do  regions maintain with “their” cities and neighbors, but also with their nations or even the European Union? What future regions are imaginable? And how do regions cope with current challenges like globalization or populism?

 

The third “Krems Annual Conference on  European  Democracy”  was  also  intended  to  be  the  kick-off  conference  to  our research project “Regional Parliaments in Europe” – REGIOPARL. On the one hand, we aimed to broaden the field of knowledge on definitions of regions, on the other Hand  discussed recent challenges and pressing issues regions in Europe face today.

 

For more Details you can download our Follow-Up Report.

 

 

 

 

Imperssions

Dr. Elisabeth Donat

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E-Mail: elisabeth.donat@donau-uni.ac.at
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Adresse:
Donau-Universität Krems
Department für Europapolitik und Demokratieforschung
Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30
3500 Krems


Dr.in Sarah Meyer

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E-Mail: sarah.meyer@donau-uni.ac.at
Website: https://www.donau-uni.ac.at/de/universitaet/whois/27431/index.php
Adresse:
Donau-Universität Krems
Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30
3500 Krems