The EastMed participant institutions collaborating for the development of the project are:

  • The University of Pireaus 
  • Ca 'Foscari University of Venice
  • The University of Cyprus
  • Ben Gurion University of the Negev

EastMed is funded by the European Union ERASMUS+ Programme (Strategic Partnerships). 

► ITALY (April 11th 2017)

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Introduction: Sara De Vido and Ivana Padoan, Università Ca’ Foscari, made presentations of INFO DAY program and about the main focus of EASTMed MOOC that will be available on EASTMed platform as soon.


Sullo Piero, University of Kent and Bruxelles School of International Studies.
At the beginning Sullo Piero did a fast illustration about Glossary of Migration: Economic Migration, Refugee and Asylum Seeker.
He explained the necessity about a reform of the Dublin System particularly concerning the problem about to provide a regulated to EU territory. He emphasised the bureaucratic nature of Dublin Regulation. Also the EC 4 may 2016 legislative proposal for review in fact looks like a simply corrective mechanisms for Dublin System. It’s necessary to harmonize Human Rights of the applicants with a working asylum system.

Basso Pietro, Ca’Foscari University
Basso Pietro, represented migration as a permanent and long-term phenomenon with enormous economic, social, political, cultural, and personal consequences both on emigration and immigration countries. It explained that is both a product of and a factorin epoch-making changes. He introduced some key issues of the root causes of international migration phenomenon and the contradictory effects of the European crisis and its policies on migration. These issues will be better explained on the EASTMed MOOC.

Ivana Padoan, Ca’ FoscariUniversity
Ivana Padoan, said that the current situation could not necessarily limit the Europe’s future. The union is often built on the back of crises and false starts.The last European challenge is represented by a new migration, a migration coming from the neighboring countries of the Mediterranean and from the eastern Balkans and from the East. The burden of this process should no longer be considered an emergency but a structural form of human existence and mobility that is going through the whole world, even with objectives and different conditions. To avoid deep internal crises, it will be necessary to find a new form of governance: through new collaborations, strategies and paths, through new regulations among partners, new formulations of responsibility, recognition of fundamental rights, job promotion, training, housing support, protection and social well-being.Without waiting for further institutional agenda, Europe could begin to exist better on the international scene with a seemingly modest initiative that would change our relationship with the rest of the world.
It would be a question of defining a "European agenda": to specify the international subjects that we consider priorities. Whereas today the Union intervenes, like the UN, only in response to unexpected crises or in reaction to American initiatives: its schedule is dictated to it by Zeus, or by Washington.
It is time for the Union to adopt a new governance for a true world policy.

Sara De Vido, Ca’ Foscari University
Sara De Vido analyzed two recent judgments by the European Court of Justice:“X. and X. v. Belgium, C-638/16PPU, 7 March 2017” and “Policie ČR, KrajskéředitelstvípolicieÚsteckéhokraje, odborcizinecképolicie v. Salah Al Chodor and Others, C-528/15, 15 March 2017”. She argued outsourcing responsibility for the protection of the rights of migrants contradicts the evolution of human rights law at European Union level and Legal requirements and evolutive interpretation. In this cases the importance of Advocate General Mengozzi’s opinion when he said: “Can the EU turn a blind eye on what happens outside its borders because it is a matter of State sovereignty and EU law is not applicable?”.

Favilli Chiara, University of Firenze
Chiara Favilli talked about “Freedom of movement and migration law: the Schengen and the Dublin systems”. This right is granted only to EU Citizens and only in limited cases extended to TCN: Free movement up to 90 days for Schengen visa or longer national visa and Privileged status is given to family members of EU citizens. This is one of the major problem of the EU since an area of free movement is hard to reconcile with the limitation of such circulation to TCN, already inside the area. Implementation has proved very hard E.U. institution because of lack of cooperation, length of judicial remedies that shows gaps between requests and take-back and procedures lasting several months, sometimes years. The system demonstrates some failures also for several secondary movements of asylum seekers and refugees looking for better reception conditions and better integration capacities. In the middle of the migration crisis Member States showed that they preferred the reintroduction of internal border checks; they would have accepted a failure of the Schengen Acquis; Not to host more migrants, including asylum seekers.

GjergjiIside, Centre for Social Studies - Coimbra University and Stanford University
GjergjiIside, presented how all these concepts and categories can sometimes be misleading, as there is no doubt that they are fully interconnected. She helped the students to reflect about relevance of the real application and implementation –or not- about migrant laws and the consequences in migrant people’s lives. Se focused particularly administrative issues done by institutions.

Gianfranco Bonesso, Municipality of Venice
Gianfranco Bonesso talked about some best practices of integration and inclusion. For migrations policies it is important to know migration issues before to act.To know what? The evolution of immigration in that contest, the persons and the groups, the impact of immigration in hosting society, the needs and the problematic issues. For making what? Reception and legal protection for asylum seekers, orientation and integration for new arrivals, new integration for long term settled people. He pointed out the fallowing helping actions that are necessary for migrant people distinguishing: -Asylum seekers and refugees:Emergency care, material reception, legal protection, job and housing orientation, information for the new contest of life, work placement, cultural integration, language classes and training; -Newcomers: Orientation about services, language classes, school inclusion, support to family reunion; -Long-term immigrants: Action to improve language speaking, antidiscrimination policies, checking critic issues about integration (gated communities, high rate of poverty, marginalization), support to projects of intercultural relations, community work. He presented some case studies of integration and inclusion projects.

Sinigaglia Marilena, University of Ca’ Foscari
Sinigaglia Marilena did the conclusions of the info day.


► CYPRUS (April 19th 2017)

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On April 19th 2017, Prof. Joseph Joseph, Dr. Pavlos Koktsidis and Prof. Costas Constantinou, members of the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Cyprus organized an Infoday event for local participants in the framework of activities of the ERASMUS+ Eastern Mediterranean Regional Training Partership Programme, titled 'EU and the Eastern Mediterranean: Prospects and Challenges' (EastMeD). The project aims to design and deliver a state-of-the-art transnational Massive Open Online Course for undergraduate students in the University of Cyprus on the subject of EU relations in the Easten Mediterranean region.

The infoday event provided students and local participants with essential information regarding the development and content of the project focusing on the innovative methods of delivery, the originality of the learning content, and the intellectual benefits students will gain following its completion. Prof. Joseph explained the utility and benefits of transnational digital education whereas Dr. Koktsidis and Prof. Constantinou outlined the methods of delivery, provided an overview of the importance of the course content and discussed questions regarding the region's major challenges. The speakers offered an overview of the major regional actors and explained why the political, security and legal challenges posed by the energy discoveries and the refugee/migration crisis in the region could affect the European Union's security strategy and policymaking.




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