As the Horizon 2020-funded EUNPACK project nears its end, this final conference will provide an opportunity to look back at three years of research and fieldwork and to consider the policy implications of its findings. How has EU crisis response been shaped by the two gaps the projects analysed – between intentions and implementation and between implementation and local reception/perceptions? How did these gaps determine the EU’s ability to contribute more effectively to problem-solving on the ground? To answer these questions, EUNPACK has combined bottom-up perspectives with an institutional approach in order to deepen our understanding of how EU crisis responses function and are received on the ground in crisis areas. This entails exploring local agencies and perceptions in target countries without losing sight of the EU’s institutions, their expectations and ambitions. It also entails examining the whole crisis cycle.

The final conference will bring together EUNPACK researchers and their peers with policymakers, civil society representatives and other practitioners, drawn from universities, think tanks, the EU institutions, and diplomatic missions in Brussels.

Please note that there are different registration forms depending on which event you are planning to attend.

  • To attend the final conference ‘Unpacking the EU’s Integrated Approach to External Conflicts and Crises’, 18-19 March at CEPS, please register here.
  • To attend the joint H2020 event ‘The EU, Migrants, and Refugees: Building Walls, Fueling Global Crisis?’ at Norway House, 20 March, 10:00-12:00, please register here.
  • To attend the EUNPACK event ‘Assessing the EU’s Toolbox in Handling Internal and External Crises’ at Norway House, 20 March, 13:00-15:00, please register here.

The EUNPACK project has examined the EU’s capacity or lack of capacity to engage in external crisis response. One of the key findings is that while the EU is heavily engaged and has a comprehensive approach to crisis throughout the crisis cycle, the EU lacks conflict sensitivity based on an in-depth understanding of the root causes of conflict in the areas it is engaged. For more information on NUPI's research on Europe and the EU, please visit NUPI Centre for European Studies (NCE).