Photo: The European Parliarment. Brussels.
As the first Nordic country Denmark joined the European Communities in 1973, and today looks back at over 40 years of full membership in an ever-changing European Union. While Nordic cooperation was central to Denmark in the past, the European Union is today its most important reference point in terms of economic and political cooperation, and may eventually become so in relation to Denmark’s defense and security policy in the future.
Given the great political and social challenges the EU and its member states are facing in the year of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the Aalborg Center for European Studies (ACEuS) has been established at Aalborg University (AAU) in 2017. Its focus is set on the European Union (EU), its organisation and functioning, its actors and institutions as well as its role in the world. ACEuS’ mission relates directly to the strategy of the Department of Culture and Global Studies (2016-2021) at AAU. This means that research at ACEuS will also focus on changes in the global governance structures, that its members seek to cooperate with national and international partners, and aim for a strong and efficient dissemination of first-rate research.
Concretely the ACEuS aspires to:
- Stimulate interdisciplinary research to the highest level
- Help securing external funding for activities and research projects
- Contribute to the societal debate on the EU and Denmark’s role in it
- Promote international cooperation (e.g. through RGEPS, the Research Group og European Policy studies)
- Contribute to the continuous development of teaching ‘European Union’ especially at the MA programme of European Studies at Aalborg University as well as in adjoining programmes at Department of Culture and Global Studies, such as Language and International Studies and Development and International Relations.