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MEDRESET - A Comprehensive, Integrated and Bottom-Up Approach

MEDRESET - Resetting Mediterranean relations is a consortium of research and academic institutions focusing on different disciplines from the Mediterranean region to develop alternative visions for a new Mediterranean partnership and corresponding EU policies. It aims at designing an inclusive, flexible, and responsive future role for the EU in the region based on the multiple perspectives of local and bottom-up actors.

MEDRESET is a project mainly funded under the European Commission's Horizon 2020 Programme for Research and Innovation with a total budget of 2,497 million Euros. It will run for three years, as of April 2016.

Euro-Mediterranean policies, as well as research on them, have been characterized by a Euro- centric approach based on a narrow geopolitical construction of the Mediterranean. Moreover, stakeholders, policy instruments and policy issues have been defined from a European standpoint, marginalizing the perspectives and needs of local states and people, and ignoring the role played by new and powerful regional and global actors. In an increasingly multipolar world, overcoming this Euro-centric approach is key for Europe to play a more meaningful role in the region. Thus, MEDRESET aims to reset our understanding of the Mediterranean and develop alternative visions for a new partnership and corresponding EU policies, reinventing a future role for the EU as an inclusive, flexible and responsive actor in the region (from the Concept Paper: MedReset, a Comprehensive, Integrated and Bottom-Up Approach).

To read the full concept paper, please visit www.medreset.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/medreset_cp_1.pdf

For more information, please contact: Daniela Huber and Maria Cristina Paciello, Co-ordinators of MEDRESET, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Via Angelo Brunetti 9, 00186 Roma, Italy; tel.: +39-063224360; fax: +39-063224363; e-mail: iai@iai.it; www.iai.it