Building the research infrastructure on European integration

Research infrastructure

The building of the research infrastructure involves an integrated, interdisciplinary approach combining European studies and digital technologies. 

This collaborative approach drives forward the development of the innovative research infrastructure on European integration which is based on its 4 main elements: (1) ePublications (2) Services & tools (3) Data Repository and (4) technical infrastructure.


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Pierre Werner and Europe

This research project is dedicated to the European vocation and achievements of Pierre Werner, former Luxembourg Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Foreign Minister, unanimously recognised as one of the architects of Economic and Monetary Union.

Spain and the European integration process: converging pathways

This research project looks at the historical relationship between Spain and Europe from a long-term perspective and in the light of the current political and socio-economic situation. It particularly analyses the vectors of convergence, cohesion factors and shifting paradigms of this relationship.

Treaty of Lisbon

Since December 2009, the EU has had a new constitutional charter, the Treaty of Lisbon, the result of 12 years of revisions. This research project aims to analyse these changes to the treaties and to the procedures for revising treaties from 1950 to the present day by addressing the following three questions: Why revise a treaty? How was each treaty negotiated and ratified? Why this treaty?

S.M.I.L.E. — Sharing Messina Ideal a Lesson for all Europe

The S.M.I.L.E. cooperation project — Sharing Messina Ideal a Lesson for all Europe — launched by the Italian Council of the European Movement (CIME) involves the Jean Monnet Association (France), the Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe (Luxembourg), the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (Germany) and the town of Messina (Italy). The main aim of the project is to help raise awareness among the young people of the importance of the Messina Conference in the light of current European issues so that we can draw lessons about the revival of the European Union. This project is supported by the European Commission’s ‘Europe for Citizens’ Programme.

"Franco-German duo" and Europe as seen in cartoons (1945–2013)

Marking the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Élysée Treaty, this project focuses on the history of the relationship between France and Germany, and particularly the driving role this ‘duo' has played in the European integration process, by analysing French and German press illustrations. These cartoons offer a quirky, often ironic look at the key historical periods that have marked the building of a united Europe.

Economic and Monetary Union

EMU was originally set up in 1999, but since the beginning of the sovereign debt crisis it has undergone many changes. This project adopts an institutional, long-term approach to inform the debate. It looks at the various attempts at monetary cooperation and union before the euro, the discussions surrounding the creation of the single currency and its institutions, its current operation and the questions that still need to be addressed.

The building of the research infrastructure involves an interdisciplinary approach combining European integration studies (the EIS Department) with digital technologies (the DH Lab). The team is constantly improving the research infrastructure, particularly by: 

  • the development of novel forms of digital publication, including enhanced publications
  • the implementation of an enriched metadata model to ensure enhanced ease of use, searchability and semantic linking of resources;
  • the development of tools and techniques for the (re)presentation, visualisation and exploration of the centre's e-publications (based on XML-TEI, social network analysis, interactive timelines, etc.);
  • the development of tools enabling a personalised approach in accordance with user interests and needs


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