Sharing KnowledgE Assets: InteRegionally Cohesive NeigHborhoods

SEARCH consists of 17 partners from different countries.


The dissemination actions envisaged in the project will address 4 main target audiences:

  • The general public in EU member states and target countries.
  • Policy Makers – Regional, national, European and NC public administration/institutional practitioners: the main objective of the SEARCH project is elaborate relevant and valuable policy recommendations, that will be used by public practitioners working in different areas related to ENP, for the alignment and improvement of future design and implementation of ENP policies, programmes and actions at public level. A Final Policy Guide, reviewed by Partners, Aboard and rewritten by a professional dissemination firm will be published
  • Civil Society Organizations – Socio-cultural and economic stakeholders working on ENP: they constitute the stakeholders that have a closer knowledge on the European Neighbourhood Policy more direct implementation through the promotion of different actions and events for cross-border-cooperation, such as NGO, foundations, in the sectoral promotion of companies (chambers of commerce, sectoral associations), etc.
  • Scientific community at EU and NC level: the research results achieved in the project, will contribute to identify “hot topics and fields in ENP” that will constitute a roadmap for future investigation in ENP and EU-NC relations improvement, establishing the lines that should be further investigated by future projects and studies to improve the future research on NC.

This project is funded under the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities theme of the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). FP7 is the EU’s main instrument for funding research in Europe and it will run from 2007-2013. FP7 is also designed to respond to Europe’s employment needs, competitiveness and quality of life.


The main objective of this project is to strengthen the integration process between the EU and the NCs by focusing on the European Research Neighbourhood (ERN), thereby improving fundamentally the understanding of institutional framework conditions of the ENP countries, their economic interactions with the EU in terms of people, capital, trade, knowledge, and innovation, in order to improve future definition and implementation of European Neighbouring Policies taking into account that “one size fits all” policy recommendations will not be appropriate due to the bilateral nature of the EU-ENP countries agreements.


Specific objectives

  • The specific objectives are the following:
  • To provide a framework for the theoretical and empirical point of view about the relationships among the EU and the NCs.
  • To study, theoretically and empirically, the patterns of economic interaction between the EU and its neighbouring countries (NCs) and to estimate the subnational (ie regional) effects of these interactions
  • To analyse the role of labour migration and its economic and social consequences (costs and benefits) both for destination (EU regions) and origin regions (neighbouring ones)
  • To investigate the extent to which the innovative performance of regions (EU27 and NC16) depends on endogenous ability in knowledge creation or on the capacity to absorb, adopt and imitate other regions’ innovations.
  • To identify the impact of changes in the institutional structure in the ENP countries and regions on (a) the prospects for improved economic development and social cohesion, and (b) for their stronger integration with the EU and, in particular, with the New Member States (NMS).
  • To extract country specific Policy Guidelines for policymakers in the EU and NCs to support the development of higher levels of economic integration for the growth, competitiveness and cohesion prospects of the two areas.
  • To disseminate the research findings to both policymakers and academic researchers, at European, national and regional level, in order to improve both future neighbourhood policy making and future academic research in the area.


The first SEARCH progress meeting  was held in Barcelona on 12 Septembre, 2010. You can download the Agenda of the Kick Off Meeting here.

SEARCH Survey Workshop was organized on the 20th-21st of January in Hannover.

The SEARCH progress meeting was held in Vienna on March 5th and 6th, 2012.  See the agenda of the meeting in the following link. See photos below.

You can now download the Search January 2012 Newsletter and Deliverables 1.1 & 1.2 & 6.1 available on your right ->

Contact Search:
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fax: 0034 93 403 72 42

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