PARTNERS

NATIONAL SCHOOL OF POLITICAL STUDIES AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION ,
Bucharest, Romania (P1 - Coordinator)
Prof.Dr. LUCICA MATEI – Academic coordinator

National School of Political Studies and Public Administration (NSPSPA) in Bucharest, Romania is a public institution of higher education and research with legal personality. NSPSPA was set up in 1991 and its mission is focused on training and developing professional competences through Bachelor degree studies, master and doctorate studies in the field of political and administrative sciences as well as international relations and European integration. Member of EUA, NSPSPA shares and applies the principles and provisions of Bologna Declaration. Since Romania accession into the European Union, NSPSPA restructured the whole process of higher education and research, aiming objectives for quality assurance in higher education, according to those of the European Higher Education Area. NSPSPA comprises three faculties: Political Sciences, Public Administration, Communication and Public Relations, as well as two departments: International Relations and European Integration, Management. The studies are accredited according to the Romanian laws. The activities relevant to the domain of the project are those of education and research on themes that approach European studies, European integration, European Administrative Space, Europeanization, public administration, studies on European law etc. and activities specific for the projects of Jean Monnet Action - 1 Permanent Course, 5 Modules, 1 Chair. The international academic cooperation through Community programmes – TEMPUS, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci and bilateral programmes represents a strategic pillar of institutional development.

The Faculty of Public Administration embodies a complete and complex educational system in the area of administrative sciences: Bachelor, Master and doctoral studies.

The Faculty of Public Administration has the central goal of basic and continuous training of present and future civil servants from the central and local government. At the same time, it elaborates scientific studies and researches in the area of administrative sciences, by collaborating with national and international bodies.

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UNIVERSITY OF THE AEGEAN,
Mytilene-Lesbos Island , Greece (P2)
Prof.Dr. PANAGIOTIS GRIGORIOU
– Partner coordinator

The University of the Aegean, established in 1984, is one of the newest Universities in Greece. Today it has seventeen departments and has become one of the largest Universities in the country. The University has been set up on different islands, thus it constitutes a University-network.

Apart from the strategic importance of the location, the particular challenges of developing academic cooperation with South-Eastern and Central European, Mediterranean and Black Sea Region Universities should be regarded as a key strategic research opportunity.

One of the principal features of the University of the Aegean is that it develops new interdisciplinary scientific domains that adhere to the needs of the contemporary Greek and European scientific community requirements and expectations for high-quality research activities and studies. This strategic objective respects absolutely the EU approach to improve regional cooperation with a view to creating prosperity, stability and security in all the neighbour regions.

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NEW BULGARIAN UNIVERSITY,
Sofia , Bulgaria (P3)
Prof.Dr. MARGARITA SHIVERGUEVA – Partner coordinator

The New Bulgarian University (NBU) was established on 18th September 1991 upon decision of the Great National Assembly. On 5th July 2001, NBU obtained institutional accreditation from the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency for the maximum 6-year period, and in December 2005 it passed through the second accreditation procedure. In 2004 NBU was accredited by The Open University in Great Britain.

The mission of NBU is:

NBU determines its academic profile in the sphere of: Human sciences and humanities; Natural sciences and new technologies; Arts

NBU works on programs of the European Union –LLP (Erasmus for higher education, Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig for adult education, Jean Monnet for European Integration), SOCRATES, TEMPUS etc. It contributes to research and educational initiatives, exchange of students, lecturers and administrative staff and provides funding for students and equipment for the University complex.

NBU is member of competent international organizations and it plays an important role for the comparison of studies at the University with the world standards: the European University Association (EUA), the International Education Institute (IET), the European Association of International Education (EAIE), the International Association of Semiotic Studies (IASS), the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), the network of Institutes and Schools on Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee), the European Consortium on Political Studies, the International PR Organization (IPRA), Leonardo international network for academic mobility (LEO-NET), the Informal European Theatre Meeting (IETM), the European Association of Students in Theatre (EAST), the European League of Institutes of Arts (ELIA), etc.

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UNIVERSITY OF RIJEKA,
Rijeka , Croatia (P4)
Prof.Dr. VINKO KANDZIJA – Partner coordinator

Rijeka University - Faculty of Economics Rijeka is a public institution of higher education, founded in 1961. As a constituent part of the Rijeka University, the Faculty is the main educational and research centre in the field of economics for the broader region. It has several dislocated study-centres throughout Croatia, organises and carries out undergraduate/graduate (3+2), postgraduate specialist and 3-year doctoral studies with corresponding ECTS scoring system, according to Bologna. Within this activity great emphasis is given to international cooperation among numerous international institutions of higher education. Faculty of Economics in Rijeka carries out scientific projects for general economic needs and business sector as well as the projects financed by the Ministry of Science. A very important segment of scientific research is dedicated to the publishing activity. The Faculty continuously edits its own Proceedings of Rijeka Faculty of Economics – Journal of Economics and Business. The Journal has been abstracted and indexed in JEL/ EconLit, IBSS and DOAJ, since June 2008 in CAB abstracts, and since July 2008 in the SSCI and JCR.

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EUROPEAN PUBLIC LAW ORGANIZATION,
Athens , Greece (P5)
Prof.Dr. SPYRIDON FLOGAITIS – Partner coordinator

The European Public Law Organization (EPLO) was created as an international organization with headquarters in Athens, Greece, with suitable governance, full international legal personality and status, upon the initiative of the Hellenic Republic, by the “Agreement for the Establishment and Statute of the European Public Law Organization”, signed by several powers on 27 October 2004. The creation of the EPLO became effective on 10 September 2007, upon receipt by the Depositary of notifications by three parties ( Hellenic Republic, Republic of Italy and Republic of Cyprus) to the Statute that the formalities required by the national legislation of such parties with respect to this Statute had been accomplished. The signatory powers recognized the importance of public law and the need to further promote its scientific, research, educational, training, institution building and other dimensions for a better generation of lawyers and democratic institutions worldwide, and the promotion of European values through public law throughout the world. The “Agreement for the Establishment and Statute of the European Public Law Organization” remains open for adhesion by other powers.

The purpose of the EPLO is the creation and dissemination of knowledge in the area of public law lato sensu, including inter alia national, comparative and European public law, human rights law, environmental law, etc., and the promotion of European values through public law throughout the world. To this effect, the Organization organizes and supports scientific, research, educational, training, teaching, institution building and other activities and provides assistance for democratic institutions in Europe and worldwide. In order to accomplish its purposes, the EPLO promotes the cooperation with other institutions and organizations and bodies, in particular organizations in the United Nations system.

The European Public Law Organization is the continuation of the European Public Law Center, which it has recently absorbed. The European Public Law Center (EPLC) was established in 1995 under the law of the Hellenic Republic as a Greek non-profit institution of international character, aiming at the study and research, pure and applied, as well as training in all areas of public law in Europe, including national, comparative and European law. The Center has carried out very extensive research activities in the direction of the creation of a European Public Law. It has organized and executed training programs, prepared studies, undertaken consulting activities, participated in international bodies and institutions of similar character and scope of activities. The EPLC has also aimed to promote the rule of law and democracy in third countries, and has encouraged the study and application of law, democratic institution building, education and training. In over 12 years of activity, the EPLC has been involved in a variety of issues spanning from the interpretation and comparison of legal systems to the proposition of innovative solutions for institution building, education and environmental protection. The EPLC has been actively present with its projects and activities in Europe, the Mediterranean Countries, the Balkan Area, the Caucasus and Former Soviet States, the Middle East, Central and South Asia, Africa, as well as Latin America.